1. NEW YORK SELTZER
I can’t be the only one who was tempted again and again by the colorful labels to try soda water, but again, nope, it was just soda water.
Doubled as squirt bottles in the pool.
Behold Patient Zero. Josta was the very first “energy drink” and though it did not survive the 90’s, we are all still awake from the first time we drank it.
4. LITTLE HUGS
These are still around, so grab some for your whole Tee-Ball team!
5. CLEARLY CANADIAN
CLEARLY, it’s Canadian. There was something so posh about drinking this sugar water. More posh than say, any of the other 50 varieties of sugar water we were all drinking.
6. PEPSI A.M.
Good morning!! Pepsi A.M. was Pepsi’s attempt to win coffee drinkers over in the mornings. Unlike Coke Blak which was actual coffee-flavored cola, Pepsi A.M. just had a little bit more caffeine than usual. Also, remember Nutri-Sweet?!! We were so crazy back then!
Fruitopia was Coke’s answer to Snapple in 1994. “Fruit” was just kind of a suggestion, not really a description.
SURGE!!! Surge was Coke’s answer to Pepsi’s Mountain Dew, although there are NO similarities other than the color, packaging, high-energy effect and “hardcore” image. But that’s it. Except everything else.
9. NEW COKE or COKE II
Aww, Coke, what are you doing?? The Coke you drink today is actually “Coca-Cola Classic”, which is what happened when New Coke failed hard. Was it all a ploy to make us realize how much we loved the original? Only God can answer that and he drinks Pepsi anyway.
10. CRYSTAL PEPSI
NO LIST WOULD BE COMPLETE without the mother of 90’s libations - Clear Pepsi. Another marketing ploy, another failure. But I will always associate my youth with this fleeting beverage. And how it cost 25 cents out of the vending machine at high school. Rest in peace, sweet cola prince.
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