For people living in Mexico, this topic may seem strange to you. I hear you screaming, ‘Of course, there is an apple soda!’ Cola caramel, lemon, cream soda, and orange flavors are familiar flavors to find in US retail stores, but apple-flavored soda? Not so much.
The rarity of an apple-flavored soda has made people question its existence.
An unpopular fact is that the US is one of the world’s largest apple juice producers. Shockingly, this fact does not imply that the US is an apple soda-drinking nation.
You would think that with the US ranking no. 9 in the world for apple juice exportation, with a $53.4M export value, US manufacturers of apple juice would be inclined, even if out of necessity, to make more apple sodas.
However, this is not the case. But while the manufacturers have a part to play, the drinkers have a more significant part.
A popular reason for not taking an apple soda is the fear that the soda on the shelf may taste like apple-flavored hard candy, which is not very popular. This may happen with some apple sodas, but this soda flavor tastes like the wholesome source of fruit in most cases.
With the increasing market share of carbonated soft drinks worldwide and the diversification of fruit-flavored sodas, interest in apple-flavored soft drinks may be moving in the opposite direction, especially in the US.
Are there Apple Sodas?
This has not stopped prominent soda brands such as PepsiCo and Coca-cola from making apple-flavored soft drinks or buying out local manufacturers of the soda. Some popular sodas of this flavor are:
This is a Mexican apple-flavored soda bought by the Coca-cola company in 2002. This soda offers various apple flavors, including red apple, green apple, and golden apple flavors.
It was first brewed by Don Arturo Mundet and is easily found in Mexican or Hispanic-American stores in the US.
This soda is also predominant in Mexico but is manufactured by the popular US soft drink brand PepsiCo. Introduced in the US in 2005, it is available at Walmart, H-E-B, Ralphs, Food 4 Less, Jewel-Osco, Target, Vons, Stater Bros., and some other small retail or family-run stores.
This soda was first brewed in Utah in 1964 and is currently made from all-natural flavors. It does not contain alcohol and has a very light flavor. The Apple Beer Corporation manufactures it.
IZZE Beverage Company manufactures a sweet sparkling apple flavor for their soft drink. Founded in Boulder, Colo, IZZE sparkles its way into the hearts of Americans with its unique flavors, which are sold in various restaurants and online stores.
Hotlips soda is famous for its strong apple flavor. Hotlips started manufacturing sodas in 2009, and their products are now carried in several restaurants and retail stores.
Other apple-flavored soda brands include Appletiser, Reeds, Manzana Lift, Flathead Lake, Fanta Apple, Faygo Candy Apple soda, Tropical Manzana, Zevia Kids, Jones Soda, etc
What does Apple Soda Taste like?
Despite generally being apple flavored, these sodas taste differently. The taste varies depending on how deep the flavor is. However, great apple soda manufacturers create a perfect taste by combining a moderate level of sweetness, fizz, and overall apple flavor.
These sodas are typically sweetened with high fructose corn syrup or cane sugar. Good apple-flavored sodas are sweetened but cut with a level of tartness for balance. Sugary-sweet sodas are also common and leave your tongue coated with sugar.
While a good amount of fizz gives soda a great taste, too much carbonation can neutralize the apple flavor and have your soda taste like gas. The carbonation level contributes to the soda’s taste, and good producers create sodas with moderate levels of fizz.
What’s an apple soda without the fruit flavor, right?
The fruit flavor varies in taste, depending on how the soda is processed, but the taste of the apple is unmistakable. Great sodas generally have a light to deep apple flavor in their taste, and the ‘not-so-great’ ones have a similar taste to hard candy.
Is Apple Soda Mexican?
Apple-flavored drinks are trendy in Mexico, with apple being the second most famous soft drink flavor in the country. Many manufacturers of apple-flavored drinks see Mexico as a profitable market space.
Some of these fruit-flavored drinks have been in production since the early 20th century and are widely loved by Mexicans.
However, not all apple sodas are Mexican. In fact, several apple soda brands sold in Mexico are owned by popular US soft drink companies. Sidral Mundet and Manzanita Sol are popular drinks in Mexico, and beverage companies in the US own both.
How to Make Apple Soda at Home
Apple sodas are not challenging to make. Following the steps below, you can have a homemade apple-flavored drink.
- Rinse and cut the apples. Remove the seeds from the cut apples.
- Boil the apples in water.
- Let the apples boil under low heat for about 20 minutes before removing them.
- After boiling, allow the apples to cool and check if they are soft.
- Blend the apples and strain them into the bowl twice to remove the pulps.
- Mix the juice with granulated sugar and boil in low heat for 5 mins.
- Let the mixture cool for 10 mins and stir in citric acid. Pour the mix into tightly sealed jars and store in a refrigerator for up to 2 months.
- Mix the freshly removed apple syrup with club soda in a glass.
- Garnish with apple slices. Your apple soda is ready.
- 4 to 5 large apples
- 2 cups water
- 2 cups apple juice
- 1 cup raw granulated sugar
- One teaspoon of citric acid
- 1/3 cup apple syrup
- 3/4 to 1 cup club soda, to taste
- Apple wedge, for garnish
There is a wide variety of apple sodas unexplored by US soda drinkers. This post highlighted some of these soda brands. The Mexican market has a massive appetite for apple-flavored soft drinks.
However, not all apple sodas are Mexican. In this post, I also gave a precise method you can follow to create your apple soda.