Pot Luck

A Cooler Coke: Colombiana La Nuestra

Each Tuesday and Thursday for the next few weeks, we'll be taking a look at alternatives to cokes for the sticky Houston summer that lays ahead.

There is a Facebook fan page for just about anything these days. That's how we as a collective managed to get Betty White to host an episode of SNL, after all. So it didn't shock me to find that there is a Facebook fan page titled "Join If You Have Ever Had A "LA COLOMBIANA"!!!!! (its a soda)."

The erratic capitalization and punctuation didn't confuse me nearly as much as the fact that there are -- at least according to Facebook -- only 20 people in the whole English-speaking world who have tried Colombiana La Nuestra. I find this difficult to believe, considering that the pinkish-colored cream soda is one of the more popular beverages in Colombia.

Colombiana La Nuestra tastes like a Big Red mixed with a Coca-Cola, the latter of which is unsurprising, as the Colombiana is flavored primarily with the kola nut. The flavor is often referred to by the more common term "champagane cola" but has more of a creamy, fruity undertone to it than that name would imply.

Of course, since the same flavors behind Big Red are involved here, I hated the Colombiana La Nuestra as soon as it hit my tongue. Those sweet, fruity flavors mixed with cream? Even worse. (To wit: Dreamsicles are just about my worst nightmare.) Luckily, my best friend thought it was the greatest soda since Stewart's Orange N' Cream and sucked it straight down.

I'm going to forward him the Facebook page, so he can officially and joyfully (and maybe even with horrible punctuation) announce to the world that he, too, has tried Colombiana. For my part, I'm going to try and pretend the whole thing never happened.

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Katharine Shilcutt