The soda giant says Nitro Pepsi is the first nitrogen-infused cola to hit the market and the brand says it’s actually “softer than a soft drink.” It’s described as creamy and smooth with smaller bubbles than typical soda, all topped off by a frothy foam. It comes in two flavors: Draft Cola and Vanilla Draft Cola.
The bubbles are made possible by a unique widget placed at the bottom of every can. This is the first time the technology has been used in a cola, as it’s typically only seen in beer and coffee products. If you’ve ever had a can of Guinness, it’s similar to the nitrogen-filled plastic widget in those. Because of the widget, Nitro Pepsi does not look and taste like a traditional cola or soda, and Pepsi says it’s best consumed differently as well.
The brand suggests a few steps for “optimal consumption,”including serving it cold but without ice and being hard poured into a tall glass while the can is fully inverted. Pepsi also suggests sipping directly from the glass, rather than through a straw, which allows the foam head to leave a frothy, foamy mustache.
“While soda has been a beverage of choice for so many consumers over the past century, some people still cite heavy carbonation as a barrier to enjoying an ice-cold cola. With this in mind, we wanted to come up with a new way for people to enjoy delicious Pepsi cola, but with a new experience around the bubbles,” Todd Kaplan, Pepsi’s vice president of marketing, said in a press release. “Nitro Pepsi is a first-of-its-kind innovation that creates a smooth, creamy, delicious taste experience … we believe Nitro Pepsi is a huge leap forward for the cola category and will redefine cola for years to come.”
Nitro Pepsi will be available nationwide beginning March 28, but you can pre-order it now from Walmart. The pre-order includes 12 cans, six of each flavor, and is $24, showing the price for this innovative soda will be much higher than a typical can of Pepsi.
While soda lovers might be disappointed that Nitro Pepsi doesn’t come in a diet variety, Coca-Cola has a brand-new flavor that contains zero sugar. Coca-Cola Starlight is the first limited-edition sparkling beverage from Coca-Cola Creations.
While the brand doesn’t say exactly what it tastes like, it says Coca-Cola Starlight has a red hue that sparkles and the “flavors of unknown stars twirl together with the great taste of Coca-Cola.” The company also describes it as having a cooling sensation that “tastes like magic.”
The flavor is only around for a limited time, but currently available everywhere you’ll find Coca-Cola, like Walmart, where you can get a 10-count pack for $4.62.
If you prefer coffee as the way to get your caffeine boost, check out the new additions Starbucks just added to its menu for springtime.