Somehow, I think I have to thank Bill Clinton and NAFTA for this….
For years now, I have heard of a mystical beverage. An elixir that calls to me. A product of a foreign, exotic land of myth and legend. This ambrosia roils with sparkling effervescence when first you break its seal, and it bestows upon the drinker a swift burst of refreshment, energy, and mental acuity.
What’s it called? Mexican Coca-Cola.
Um. We have Coke here in the US, dude.
Tell me about it. I’m from Georgia. We call it champagne down there. But this is different.
Come on! Coke is Coke.
No, no it is not. In Mexico, the Coca-Cola corporation still makes their product with this stuff called
sugar, cane sugar to be precise, not High Fructose Corn Syrup.
Come on old timer, pull the other one. There’s no difference in taste. They have science and stuff to prove it.
Science can kiss my pimply behind. There is one reason Americans are stuck with Coke, and most everything else, made with Karo syrup instead of sugar: Taxes. Pure bulk sugar costs 50% more in the United States than everywhere else in the world, because that’s the way the government wants it to be, and no other reason.
Without these protectionist taxes, Coke would be cheaper, and taste better too.
I’m all for cheaper, but how can you say it tastes better?
For the longest time, I was relying on hearsay, as Mexican Coke was the aforementioned urban legend. But no longer. Maggi came triumphantly home with a case of real Mexican Coca-Cola from COSTCO last week. I hear it also can sometimes be found at Wal-Mart.
Best of all, it comes in this kind of bottle!
Whoa! Cool looking bottles!
Totally awesome design!
Um, fer shure?
How come they are using these funky new bottles in Mexico, Dude? I thought we got all the cutting edge stuff here first!
No. See kid, this is the way Coke bottles are supposed to….
The point is, it took me just long enough to chill a few bottles before I did the taste test. Cane sugar Coke is better. It’s not change your world better, not overthrow the government to get a better import tax code better, but it is worth a few more cents a bottle better. Try it out.
Oh, and since I’d be remiss if I didn’t include a cocktail with a post like this, I’ll simply throw out the simplest, most profound cocktail use for Coca-Cola:
- 2 oz. Light Rum
- 1 fresh lime half
- Mexican Coca-Cola
Fill a highball glass with large ice and the rum. Squeeze the lime half into the glass and drop the spent hull in as well. Top with Coke and stir.
The light rum you use matters fairly little. Fresh lime is better than bottled, but more important is using enough. Squeezing just a wedge into your drink will give you a Rum and Coke, not a Cuba Libre. The Cuba Libre is much better.
Oh, and the Mexican Coke tastes not a whit different in this drink from American Coke. If your budget is super tight, save the good stuff for drinking straight. Oh, and Pepsi can pucker up right along with Science (see above).