This all started because of Michelada, a Mexican “beer cocktail” Diner E raved about upon trying it during a very recent visit to Broadacres Marketplace, an open market in Las Vegas where that drink is very popular amongst the dominant Latino community there.
Michelada ingredients. Photo courtesy of hellosplendor.com
So we go online looking up the ingredients to make authentic Michelada, learning that it’s made with Mexican Beer, Clamato (similar to V8, except with clam juice), Maggi (kinda’ like worcestershire and shoyu), Lime Juice and Mexican Hot Sauce. While its most unique ingredient is Tajin, an all-purpose seasoning salt that you could say is the Mexican version of Li Hing powder, tasting salty and tangy, albeit more spicy like roasted peppers than sweet like Li Hing.
So I hit Don Quijote Kaheka, thinking since they’re big on imported grocery goods, guaranteed they’d have Tajin, unfortunately to no avail.
However in the Mexican section they did have this here Mexican Coke! The soda, not the white powder stuff. lol It was $1.50 for 355 ml bottle, which is equivalent to 12 ounces. So out of curiosity, I threw one in the cart to give it a shot.
I didn’t bother checking the regular soda aisle to see if they carried glass bottled American market Coca-Cola, which would have been a more fair comparison, instead just grabbing the first bottle I could find at the checkout, which was in plastic. So I suppose you can say this is as much a comparison of Coca-Cola in a glass bottle vs. plastic bottle, as much as it is American vs. Mexican Coke.
Maybe I should do a future review on Mexican Coke vs. American Coke, the white powder stuff. But then again, I enjoy my freedom, thank you very much. And besides, doesn’t that stuff all come from South America, anyway?
Anyway, looking closely at the label, notice the Mexican Coke has ‘MR’ after the Coca-Cola logo, whereas the American Coke has the registered ® symbol. I tried searching what ‘MR’ stands for with no answer. Perhaps “Mexico Registered”? Also notice the Mexican Coke label is screen printed directly on the glass bottle so it can be reused, whereas the American Coke plastic label is wrapped on.
Of course everything else written on the Mexican Coke is in Espanol.
A close inspection and comparison of the ingredients in the American vs. Mexican Coke, and you’ll notice the only difference is the American Coke uses High Fructose Corn Syrup, while the Mexican Coke uses Sugar. Ooh! Ooh! Ooh!… very interesting!
Of course, being a glass bottle, the Mexican Coke has a cool old school metal bottle cap.
It’s also worth noting that the Mexican Coke’s metal bottle cap is not an easy “twist-top” type, but you need a bottle opener to pop that bad boy off.
The advantage goes to the plastic bottled American Coke bottle cap for not only being an easy twist-top, but also having a code under the cap that you can punch in at mycokerewards.com to rack up point to win prizes. I think I still have a bunch of points there I haven’t redeemed yet from all the Powerade® (produced by Coca-Cola) I used to drink. Gotta’ check.
Upon pouring the Mexican Coke (left) and American Coke (right) in my handy-dandy Coca-Cola drinking glasses (made of real glass) “on the rocks”, I immediately notice the Mexican Coke has much more effervescence (bubbly carbonation fizz) than the American Coke. Being this is vs. a plastic bottle, I’m not sure if that’s the nature of it being in a glass bottle, or a unique advantage to Mexican Coke.
Even after several sips for tasting, along with resting for several minutes, the Mexican Coke pictured above still had lots of active effervescence.
As compared to the American Coke pictured above, which you can see looks “flat” by comparison, already loosing its fizz. Advantage: Mexican Coke.
As for taste, not surprisingly, straight out of the bottle the Mexican Coke had a much brighter, crisper, authentic Coca-Cola taste.
Whereas the American Coke tasted just a tad generic by comparison. I mean you know it’s Coca-Cola, not Pepsi, yet not quite as “classic” as the glass bottled Mexican Coke.
The key was the taste of the sweetener, keeping in mind the Mexican Coke uses sugar vs. American Coke using High Fructose Corn Syrup, in the drinking glass, the American Coke actually had a more naturally sweetened flavor. Go figure, right? That naturally sweetened flavor, irregardless of it being high fructose corn syrup also gave the American Coke a smoother delivery to the palate. The only thing that took away from the American Coke was its lack of effervescence. If it had more of it, it would hands-down beat Mexican Coke in a glass drinking glass over ice. Advantage: American Coke.
As it stands, American Coca-Cola in a plastic bottle for the win if drank from a glass drinking glass over ice. Mexican Coke wins marginally if you drink it ice cold, straight out of its glass bottle.
As for cost, again, the Mexican Coca-Cola retails at Don Quijote for $1.50 per 12 oz. glass bottle, while the American Coca-Cola retails for $1.59 for a 16 oz. plastic bottle, plus 6 cents HI-5 tax.
Have you tried Mexican Coca-Cola yet? How about American Coca-Cola in a glass bottle? Share your thoughts!
P.S. I met this cool braddah at Mai Tai’s last night who happened to have the same name as myself. He even had my/his name tattooed on his arm!…
Only thing missing is the okina in Pomaika’i (the names means “fortunate” or “blessings” in Hawaiian).
Speaking of which, I’ll be hanging out at Mai Tai’s tonight to watch the Fireworks off Ala Moana Beach Park (begins at 8:30pm). Come on down and join me!
Have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend. Toodles! ;-)