Review: Jarritos Mexican Cola

Review: Jarritos Mexican Cola

Hipsters who want a soft drink know how to order their fix at any taqueria: By asking for a Mexican Coke instead of a can of domestic crap. Why? Because in Mexico the Coca-Cola is made with real sugar. Here, of course, it’s made with corn syrup.

Is that worth the extra buck? You be the judge, but personally I just prefer drinking from a bottle than from an aluminum can.

Now there’s another alternative: Jarritos Mexican Cola. Jarritos already has 11 flavors on the market, but none of them are the classic cola recipe… and none of them have caffeine. Jarritos Mexican Cola is the first that does, and we got to give an early bottle a whirl.

The taste is different — closer to Pepsi than Coke — with lots of cinnamon, and a bit of chocolate character to it, both perhaps a nod to Jarritos’ Mexican origins. At first I didn’t really care for it — it was a bit close to root beer for my tastes — but as I sipped my way through the bottle I warmed up to it. Bonus: at 12.5 ounces, it’s that much bigger than a 12-oz. Coke.

Nice as an alternative to other sodas but, you know, there’s a reason they call Coke — especially the Mexican variety — “The Real Thing.”

B+ / about $2 per 12.5 oz. bottle [BUY IT NOW FROM AMAZON]

Jarritos Mexican Cola




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. anon on June 23, 2011 at 4:17 am

    They may be equally toxic for your liver, but I’m more wary of sugars because of their effect on insulin secretion. In that regard, cane sugar and HFCS are the same.

    Never imagined a day when I’d be more concerned about sugar consumption on health than alcohol.

  2. anon on January 18, 2023 at 5:18 pm

    Drinking this right now and I felt like it just tasted like colored ginger ale till I read the cinnamon chocolate line and now I like it

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