I grew up in lily white New England. My first introduction to anything vaguely ethnic was Chicken Fried Rice at the age of 13. By the end of middle school, I had expanded my horizons and moved up to the fun and exciting menu of Taco Bell. I’ve come a long way, baby, but I have to admit, the Goya section of the store sometimes bewitches me with its cloak of mystery. When I saw this “Cola Champagne”, I had to try it.

Smell: I popped the cap off and was greeted by a cloyingly sweet smell. It was super synthetic, which makes sense as the last time I checked, “Cola Champagne” actually doesn’t occur in nature. It reminded me of pixie stick dust.

Texture/Appearance: It’s cold and wet, as any soda should be. The color is a pale orange, less like the bright color of orange soda and more like the slightly more subdued orange hue of Hi-C.

Taste: OK, I need you to stick with me here. At first, I thought “Cream Soda mixed with Smarties”. Upon a second try, I have decided it is more like Birch Beer with Sprees. Birch beer is a touch milder than cream soda, and the undertones of this drink are not nearly as potent as the full frontal candy-like sugar assault that hits your palette like a ton of bricks. I think we can all agree the Sprees are more sugary than it’s tart cousin, Smarties, so I picked Sprees as the dominant flavor, and I am sticking to it. I am sure Sweet Tart comparisons could come in to play here as well, but I have already expended far too much mental energy on this.

Final Verdict: What I haven’t mentioned yet is, even though I knew better, I was kind of hoping this was alcoholic. Milller has me brainwashed with their High Life “Champagne of Beers” campaign. Alcoholic cola? Sign me up! Alas, it was not to be. I don’t think I will be imbibing in this on the regular; I took about 4 sips and it was a sugar overload. I swear if I drank the whole bottle, my teeth would instantly crumble out of my mouth. Goya Cola Champagne: NO ME GUSTA!

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Lemmonex writes almost daily about food, life and her most recent dumb decisions on her blog, Culinary Couture.

11 Responses

  1. Risty159@yahoo.com'
    Mayuko

    I’ve never had that Goya cola champagne, but I’ve had D&G Kola Champagne. In terms of being “ethnic”, D&G is a Jamaican brand. It is possibly the best soda I’ve ever had!
    I’m no good at describing flavor. I’ve never had Birch beer, so I don’t know about that. But Smarties in cream soda sounds about right. I haven’t had D&G kola champagne in a few months, so I can’t recall how sweet it is. I guess it’s no sweeter than orange juice.
    If you get the chance, I *really* think you should try the D&G kola.

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  2. tanya@redsugar.com'
    Tanya

    But have you tried mixing it with whiskey? Takes off the cloying edge, and leaves a slight bubble gum flavor.

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  3. lisamflan@msn.com'
    Lisa

    I just tried this last night, and was also trying to pinpoint the familiar flavors. The main one I picked up was the taste of those orange soft Circus Peanuts candies.

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  4. Ghjv@hjkj.net'
    Tdot

    It’s freaken hilarious to hear a white person’s point of view on Cola Champagne, it’s best when you drink it along with a beef party in cocoa bread or rice and beans with plaintains oxtails or fried pork

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