You will not believe the things you'll find in your local grocery store. If you look beyond the coke, pepsi and sprite in the regular beverage aisle, you'll discover some hidden gems. OK, and maybe some really off-the-wall stuff.
Case in point: Cockta Soda. Hailing from Slovenia, this "refreshing drink" made from "natural ingredients" including dog rose berries is quite the find at my local grocery store. I found it in the international section of the grocery store, but seriously? Slovenia? I'm impressed with the international-ness of this particular find. I can't think of a single Slovenian restaurant in my neighborhood. Maybe I haven't been looking hard enough.
Before I get to the review, I want to strongly encourage you to visit the Cockta website (well, read the rest of my post first, and THEN go visit Cockta!). It has some great animation -- and be sure to turn up your volume. It also tells the history of Cockta better than I could and offers original print ads, TV advertising and all sorts of other fun stuff. It makes me want some of the other flavors of Cockta. Who knew?
Upon opening my 8.45 fl oz of Cockta and smelling it, I detected a faint hint of vanilla, which already reassured me that this was not going to be another Malta experience. It's mildly carbonated, and definitely does not taste like a traditional cola. There is a caramel-like taste, but I can't really put my finger on the exact flavor. All in all, its not a bad soda, which is high praise indeed. Slovenia, I commend you. You have made a pretty tasty international soda!
Oh! And I would like to thank both Eric and Elaine for letting me know that the mystery Pacific Northwest bottle cap from the last post was, in fact, Pyramid Brew. Thank you!!! And I think that I have also fixed the comment problem. Let me know if you still have issues. laurenwalles [at] gmail.com.