I finally got my hands on an Orange Coke at a Freestyle machine.
It was a fizzation of flavorful bursts of orange followed by the familiar syrupy sensation of carbonated (artificially flavored) kola nut juice sliding down my esophagus.
However, the rest of the line-up that I attempted before succumbing to uncontrollable fits of burping consisted of beverages that required, shall we say, acquired tastes. Seagram’s Lime Seltzer was a flavor that, while not soon forgotten, I wished it were. Soda water has never been a favorite of mine, but with the added lime flavor, it’s bitterness only grew. To each their own, I suppose.
As for Fanta Lime, with the not-soon-forgotten Segram’s deeply ingrained in my mind, the lime flavor was only a painful reminder. Perhaps on another day, after full amnesia, will I be able to objectively describe it. After soothing my distressed palette with a few ounces of Orange Coke, I went back to the single-serve machine for more. They were out of Minute Maid lemonade, which I assumed would go well with several flavorful additives, so that was out of the question.
In lieu of that, I gave Vanilla Barq’s Root Beer a try. I was pleasantly surprised; the vanilla gave a soft edge to the already smooth root beer, this combination completely earns the title “soft drink.” This, while not quite as enticing as the Orange Coke, certainly should be on store’s shelves.
All in all, it was a liquid adventure that I will want to repeat. After all, I have about 120 more flavors to go. Maybe Orange Coke is only a sliver of taste compared to another caffeinated corn-syrup concoction within.