When you reach for a beverage, you want something that will not only quench your thirst, but also taste good. While there are much healthier options than soft drinks and soda, their flavor and fizziness make them difficult to pass up. That is, of course, unless they’ve found their way onto this list of soft drinks. To follow, we have the Top 10 oddest soft drink flavors - ranging from intriguing to downright nauseating. Note that some of these were created for the sole purpose of collecting, but they have been taste tested and are flavored just as advertised.
Get your barf bags ready, because we’re about to discuss, at length, a drink that tastes of human sweat. Sure, you’ve tasted your own sweat as it rolled off your upper lip and you’re used to that familiar saltiness; but this isn’t your sweat. This is a bottle of pure, manufactured perspiration – and it comes with the smell to enhance the experience. Jones Soda created this stomach turning drink as part of a collector’s pack to commemorate a deal with the NFL, but they knew at some point someone’s curiosity would kick in and they’d pop open a bottle. Even if you could get past the off-putting smell and horrendous taste, it would be difficult to not think that you’re drinking a carbonated bottle of sweat. Sounds delicious, no?
Smoked Salmon Pate (USA)
The next time you’re stuck at your 9 to 5 desk job hating life, consider this – Somebody is blessed with the job of coming up with soda flavors for Jones soda. This means someone was paid, probably a decent amount, to think up smoked salmon pate soda. This type of beverage is what you serve your guests when you want the night to end really, really early. At first glance, the drink looks on par with standard orange sodas, but getting a really good look at it reveals a more radiant orange, something that more closely resembles the color of pureed salmon. If you’re a fan of bitter, salty beverages, than you may actually be able to stomach the Smoked Salmon Pate soda. Of course, you’d have to get past the atrocious smell first.
Thanksgiving Day Holiday Pack (USA)
A Thanksgiving Day feast is about the most delicious combination of food that will ever hit a traditional family’s dining room table. Turkey, gravy, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and stuffing brought together just makes for a truly sensuous experience for the taste buds. That is unless you’re talking about Jones Soda’s attempt at carbonating those flavors and putting them in liquid form. The beverage company’s holiday pack includes all of those holiday flavors plus, for some confusing reasoning, a brussels sprout creation. We can give allowance to the pumpkin pie and cranberry sodas, as the inherent sweetness of those dishes could actually make for a yummy drink, but that still leaves you with turkey and gravy, wild herb stuffing, and brussels sprout. Save yourself some time and just pour these bottles right into the sink.
Ranch Flavored Soda (USA)
Granted it is made from a company that thrives off of creating flavor profiles that don’t belong in soft drink form, it’s still impossible to ignore the fact that there is a beverage made to taste like ranch dressing. We can’t assume it’s been too often that you’ve sat back underneath the hot sun and had the desire to throw a straw in some carbonated ranch dressing and suck it back, but Lester’s Fixins has something to cure that craving should it ever hit you. Those that have been brave enough to pop open a bottle of Lester’s grotesque soda immediately complains of the smell ,which is enough to deter anyone from actually getting to down a bottle of this ranch flavored nightmare.
Black Garlic Soda (Switzerland)
Unless you plan on stepping into a vampire’s nest, we really don’t see the value in a black garlic soda. Despite what we think, though, the drink exists – and people apparently enjoy it. Though garlic may be flavorful, in sugary carbonated liquid form, it simply sounds atrocious. The flavoring is exactly as one would expect – a hint of sugar with an aftertaste of garlic that lingers around just like garlic normally does. We don’t recommend bringing this drink into social situations, lest you want to be the person that everybody slowly inches away from.
Curry Flavored Soda (Japan)
Some may agree quite adamantly that the scent of curry is not a pleasant one which may automatically turn them off to the thought of a curry-flavored soft drink. If the thought of the smell doesn’t do it, then maybe the realization that it’s a carbonated beverage that will taste like curry will do it. Making fizzy drinks out of sweet flavors is an idea that we can get behind, but when you start talking something earthy and spicy like curry, our stomachs start churning. The mixture of spices that is curry may be the perfect accompaniment to certain dishes, but it’s definitely not something that needs to be mixed into beverage form.
Eel Soda (Japan)
We can only imagine how many times you’ve gone to an aquarium, seen an eel, and thought to yourself, “Boy, that sure would make a good beverage!” Well, lucky for you, the Japanese know about your obsessive curiosity and created Unagi Nobori, which translates to Surging Eel. Sure, the drink isn’t made of chopped up eel, though it does contain eel extract and vitamins found in most eel. This carbonated beverage is an unpleasant yellow in color, has a taste similar to broiled eel, and is meant to energize those that drink it. If you can get past the incredibly fishy taste, you may finally have that energy drink that doesn’t come with the massive crash afterwards.
White Fungus Bird’s Nest Soft Drink (Vietnam)
This Vietnamese creation initially sounds like some fancy beverage all of the health nuts are partaking in now, but it’s a real drink that is indulged in Vietnam. Made from white fungus and nests pulled from cave-dwelling birds, there is absolutely nothing appetizing sounding about this drink. If you’re brave enough to pop open the top, you’ll be treated to very earthy flavors – but that’s not the worst of it. Those not expecting it may instinctively spit out the Bird’s Nest soft drink because it has a rather chunky texture, similar to a very pulpy orange juice.
Buffalo Wing Soda (USA)
This bottle of liquid spice is as orange as they come, possibly confusing some into thinking it’s an innocent bottle of orange soda – which can lead to some truly YouTube worthy pranks. One swig from this bottle will prove that theory wrong as an indiscernible concoction slides past your taste buds and boils inside your stomach. Taste tests on Lester’s Fixins’ Buffalo Wing Soda has left some to question what kind of buffalo wings Lester has been chowing down on. Mystery flavor aside, the thought of some carbonated buffalo wing sauce sounds more like a ridiculous food challenge than a beverage you’d want to willingly spend money on.
Pepsi White (Japan)
The devilish masterminds that slink away in Pepsi’s lairs have come up with some interesting beverages, such as the completely unnecessary Crystal Pepsi from the 1990’s. Though the crystal clear beverage may have served no real purpose, it made a bit more sense than the company’s four year go at “Pepsi White.” It wasn’t just a color change that made Pepsi White stand out so much, it was the attempt at combining the crisp taste of Pepsi with the creamy, sweet taste of yogurt. If that combination of flavors isn’t enough to turn you off, likely the off-white color of the beverage would. Soda has been paired with a lot of fruit flavors, but something as tangy, sweet, and slightly sour as yogurt just doesn’t make for a delicious sounding carbonated drink. Ironically, despite the claim to yogurt flavor, there is actually no yogurt in the ingredients listing, nor any component that would make the drink actually taste like yogurt.