“Ooooo! Oh, there she is, Albany Jane! Oh, Albany Jane! We know it’s yoooouuuu!! Woo hooooo, look at the faaaaammmooouuuus Albany Jane!”
My landlord was in the front lawn doing some yard work and dancing in front of me, teasing me over a package I’d received, and that he’d almost kept for himself.
What could it be?
A package of delicious Mexican sodas.
I couldn’t really blame him if he had kept them all. I first tried one of these tasty delights in Tampa, Florida. They are much more available in southern U.S. states than they are up here, but we are slowly seeing Jarritos available in Albany, NY.
What I like most about Jarritos is that they are made with real sugar, not high fructose corn syrup. Health issues aside, I just prefer the taste of sugar to HFCS.
I opened up my package, which I received for free compliments of Liz at Rocket XL marketing company (thanks, Liz!), and found 11 different varieties of Jarritos soda, plus a T-shirt and CD.
Here is the T-shirt. Very bright and cute, no? I rather like it! I don’t normally wear promo stuff as anything other than a sleeping shirt, but I will probably wear this out unless Albany John steals it from me (yeah, I saw you eyeing it).
Here is the Club Jarritos promo CD. It wasn’t quite to my tastes, but then again, I have what is known as “terrible taste in music”, so don’t take my word for it (no one believes me until they tell me to put some music on, and then they quickly change it).
Hello beauties! I popped them in my fridge to chill for a while, then then pulled them out of the box.
Eleven. Flavors. of. JARRITOS! Can you say excited?!
Grapefruit, Guava, Mango, Strawberry, Pineapple
Bottom Row, L-R:
I opened up the Jamaica and Tamarind sodas first.
The Jamaica had a nice hibiscus flavor to it. Very tasty, without being too sweet.
The tamarind managed to tame much of the tartness of tamarind that I don’t normally like. It was on the tarter side of sweet, while still staying true to tamarind’s general flavor profile.
As with all Jarritos sodas, they are a little less carbonated than U.S. sodas. I enjoy this, as I find the carbonation in most sodas, like Pepsi, to be a bit too aggressive. This isn’t a terribly large difference anyone will notice, but for occasional soda drinkers like myself it is what would make me veer towards a Jarritos soda over another option.
If I could sum them up in general, I’d say that they are refreshing and well flavored without being too sweet.
The Jamaica soda also went well as a mixer for cocktails. I think diet tastes okay when mixed with liquors, but regular sodas just seem to mix better.
This was quite a refreshing mix, and tasted pretty much just like soda. Only with booze hidden in it.
If you haven’t seen Jarritos before, keep an open mind when you’re perusing the soda aisle. They’re worth a go, and are quite true to the refreshing aspects of the flavor of the soda. I know Magdalena’s Menu at the Troy Farmer’s Market carries them.
Do any other Latin American groceries/restaurants in the area also carry them?