From strawberry milk to chai, click through to see some of the world's most unique soda flavors.
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Chai Cola, Taylor’s Tonics
This soda company brands itself as "America’s most innovative soda kitchen," and really, it’s a tough claim to argue considering that their line of flavors includes Maté Colada, Maté Mojito, Café Azteca, and Chai Cola.
Chocolate Sparkling, Suntory
Presumably, you'd have to be a real-deal, card-carrying chocoholic to be tempted to give this Japanese chocolate-flavored soda a swig. Then again, perhaps it would make an ideal ingredient for mixing chocolate egg creams.
Attention fans of St-Germain, heres a soda flavor youre bound to like. The unique, but intriguing flavor of this all-natural "surfsoda," from the Hawaii-based company is a combination of elderflower and the super fruit marula.
Caipirinha-Chili Soda, Sinalco
For those teetotalers, this Brazilian soda offers all the flavors of the country's iconic cocktail, the caipirinha, sans the alcohol.
Vermont Maple Soda, Vermont Sweetwater Bottling Company
If youre one of those people who loves maple syrup so much you claim you could drink it straight, heres a unique soda for you to try. The all-natural soda from the Vermont-based company is sweetened exclusively with Vermont maple syrup.
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Cel-Ray, Dr. Browns
Way ahead of the curve on the juicing trend, this celery-flavored soda has been around since the 1860s. Prevalent in New York and South Florida, the drink can most commonly be found in Jewish delicatessens and restaurants. Made from celery seed extract, the flavor has been likened to a spicy ginger ale.
Tofurky & Gravy Soda, Jones Soda Co.
Jones Soda Co. is known for their variety of oddball specialty flavors. (Just consider the Thanksgiving Holiday pack "sides": Sweet Potato Soda, Pea Soda, Dinner Roll Soda, and Antacid Flavored Soda). But Tofurky & Gravy Soda?
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Ice Cucumber, Pepsi
"Cool as a cucumber" gets the soda treatment in this drink, another unique limited-edition Pepsi product sold in Japan during the summer of 2007.
White – Yogurt Flavor, Pepsi
Pepsi and yogurt: A match made in unlikely beverage heaven? The sweet taste of Pepsi meets the creamy flavor of yogurt in this unexpected pairing, available only in Japan.
Pink – Strawberry Milk, Pepsi
Strawberry-flavored soda? Sure. But strawberry milk-flavored soda? Now that definitely crosses over into bizarre beverage flavor territory. The limited-edition drink was apparently released in, you guessed it, Japan in November 2011.
Calpico Soda, Calpis
Because one yogurt-flavored soda just wasn't enough, we present Calpico Soda. This carbonated version of the milk and lactobacilli soft drink is described by the company as having "a distinctive yet sweet and tangy taste" and can found primarily in Asian countries.
Coffee stouts and espresso-based cocktails have had such great success, but too bad the same can't be said for coffee-flavored soda. That is, at least, in the case of the short-lived Coca-Cola BlaK. Discontinued two years after its release, Anderson Cooper infamously spit the drink out on Live with Regis and Kelly.
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Mushroom-flavored soda? Just like Jack in the Box's new bacon shake, it's for real, as bizarre as it sounds. Except, of course, this soda is not a fast-food company's bait for consumer attention, but rather one of the many artisanal drinks on the menu at San Francisco's new ice cream and soda shop, The Ice Cream Bar.
According to a story on NBC Bay Area's Food and Drink blog, the retro soda fountain's creative menu offers "the option to customize from a list of 13 syrups (including chicory coffee, chocolate, and pistachio), 24 house-made extracts (such as dill weed, nutmeg, and rosemary), and the daily selections from more than 75 tinctures, also crafted in-house." The mushroom soda, dubbed Touch of Grey, is made with cream, acid phosphate (which adds tartness), and candy cap mushroom syrup. Apparently, it was surprisingly good.
Sure, you expect to find such unique, off-the-wall creations at this kind of house-made soda program. But really, there are plenty of surprising and unusually flavored sodas being produced around the world.