The TOP 15 fizzy drinks – as voted by YOU!
Yes, they’re bad for you and full to bursting with sugars and other chemicals, but on a hot, clammy summer’s day, nothing hits the spot like a few gulps from your favourite, ice cold carbonated beverage, especially if you happen to be hungover. The top 15 fizzy drinks will be sure to get you craving an ice cold can in the sun.
What ever happened to 7Up? Are there really enough 13-year-old boys in the world to keep Mountain Dew going? And who the hell drinks Tizer? But we all have different tastes where our favourite fizzy drink is concerned; in fact even broaching this heavy debate in the InfoBus office almost ended in all-out warfare.
Whether you’re in the Coke camp, the Tango tribe or you somehow like Irn Bru(really?) your opinion is valid. Although not as valid as this official list of the top 15 fizzy drinks which tells you once and for all which fizzy drink is the king of them all. No arguments.
15. Mountain Dew
Introduced in 1948, Mountain Dew seems to be aiming squarely at injury-prone 17-year-olds. After the caffeinated, vaguely nuclear-looking beverage gained a reputation as “rocket fuel,” PepsiCo has associated the drink with fast times, all-night video game binges and extreme sports — to great success.
Fun fact: The name “Mountain Dew” was apparently a reference to moonshine.
You only ever drink this abroad, don’t you? A holiday to Benidorm just wouldn’t be the same without bottomless Orangina refills. It’s never really sunny enough to enjoy here but if it were, it would be everyone’s warm day drink of choice, surely.
Tizer claims to be made from real fruit juice – but did anyone ever pinpoint exactly what fruits were in it? I just don’t trust Tizer. It never took off in popularity in the same way as other drinks and there’s a good reason for that. I honestly don’t even know how it got into the top 15 fizzy drinks list. *GIP*
12. Diet Coke
It’s Coke but without the taste. It’s not as healthy for you as the ‘Diet’ tag might suggest either. A big, fat ‘meh’ for this one. PS – Coke Zero FTW!
11. Lucozade Orange
Purely because it is the ultimate pick up – particularly post-hangover. Although the original flavour is disgusting (whatever original actually means), all the spin-offs such as orange, pink lemonade, tropical etc always get us hyped and ready to go.
Pepsi, mate. You will never be Coca Cola. Just give it a rest. You taste like syrup and will never measure up, so please stop trying. That time you ask for a Coke at the pub or restaurant and see a Pepsi pump shooting out into the glass is one of the most crushing feelings imaginable. Introduced in 1898 originally with the far less appetising name “Brad’s Drink,” Pepsi has reinvented itself several times over the years — and since the 1980s has been aiming at the younger generation.
You know when you’ve been Tango’d – mostly because it leaves a strange and unpleasant aftertaste in your mouth.
V-I-M-T-O! It’s fruity, it’s fun and it’s purple. And it is the base ingredient of a Cheeky Vimto cocktail. What’s not to love?
Fanta, originally created in Germany, 1941, was the second product developed by Coca Cola Company. Before the 21st Century, the United States was never a marketing focal point. Fanta does well in Europe, Africa and especially Latin countries, where the Fanta girls (called the Fantanas) are more recognisable than some heads of state.
Fun fact: Brazil is the country that drinks the most Fanta; Pope Benedict XVI reportedly drinks orange Fanta instead of wine.
6. Irn Bru
The lifeblood of Scotland… It cuts me deeply to know that some people down south have yet to sample its unique flavour. People ask what it tastes like – the only answer is that it tastes like Irn Bru. It’s such a badass drink that it is impossible to convey its flavour into words. And it will chase away even the most severe hangover, which is the orange icing on the cake. All hail the Bru!
5. Fanta Fruit Twist
My personal favourite. It’s Fanta. With a fruit twist. What more do you need to say?
Because only one Sprite is right. Horrible when it’s warm but the best lemonade (and lime) ever when chilled. The Coca Cola Company created Sprite in 1961 to compete with 7 Up. It was originally promoted heavily as an alcoholic drink mixer. But it has since become popular with a much younger audience and is marketed with more forceful slogans (“Obey your thirst!”) alongside popular NBA players and hip-hop stars.
Fun fact: Sprite released a product called Sprite Zero in 1973 — more than three decades before Coca-Cola Zero was released in 2004.
3. Cherry Coke
Whoever invented this gift from the gods needs a handshake. Ace with some vodka and ice. How anyone can dislike this drink is beyond me, it’s probably the same people that drink Tizer – yes I went there.
2. Dr Pepper
Dr Pepper has a very distinct taste, which tends to attract loyal customers. Most of the Dr Pepper Snapple Group’s advertising over the years (“I’m a Pepper, you’re a Pepper …”) seems to celebrate its difference from the other colas. It’s the oldest popular soft drink and was invented in Waco, Texas in 1885.
In one of the product placement coups of all time, Dr Pepper was the preferred drink of Forrest Gump, who drank about 15 free bottles and told President John F. Kennedy “I gotta pee.” I had to get that in there.
1. Coca Cola
We know it has more sugar in it than the Silver Spoon factory and yet nothing else quite hits the spot when you need it. The ultimate summer drink, hangover cure, mixer and thirst quencher, there can only be one top spot in the top 15 fizzy drinks, and it is well deserved for this classic bev.
Although it was introduced in 1886, it’s target audience is still, well pretty much everyone. The 17% market share is higher than Pepsi and Mountain Dew combined, and the drink is reportedly recognised by 94 percent of the world’s population. Plus nothing gets you through a hangover quite like an ice cold can of Coke.
Fun fact: Coca Cola was the first soft drink in outer space, consumed by members of the Space Shuttle Challenger in something called a “Coca Cola Space Can.”
Honourable mention…drum roll, please.
Rubicon! Why? Because it’s Rubicon, and nobody voted for it. Obviously.