Review: Jones Soda Cranberry Soda (2005)


There was only one more flavor to try out of the 10 Jones Sodas we had from the Holiday Packs: Cranberry. I had heard good things about this flavor, in that it might actually be considered somewhat normal!

Jones Soda Cranberry Soda (2005)

Jones Cranberry Soda

The color was a non-offensive dark red. The scent was fresh and berry-like. Even the cover art was redemptive with two illuminated reindeer standing there in the dark. Could it really be as bad as the others?

Jones Soda Cranberry Soda (2005)

I really liked the color of this drink

For this flavor, Amy actually stepped in and gave it a try. She had chickened out of most of the other Jones Soda adventures, primarily because she didn’t like artificial sweeteners (or didn’t want to vomit). So she drank a sip:

Jones Soda Cranberry Soda (2005) - Taste Test

Amy didn’t die, but didn’t like it either

The predominant theme was that it tasted like cough syrup, specifically Robitussin. Amy didn’t have good memories of that as a kid. She told me that she often would chase her cough medicine with a Hershey’s Kiss to cover up the bad aftertaste. So needless to say, this flavor of Jones Soda was not going to be a winner with her.

Jones Soda Cranberry Soda (2005)

How bad could it really taste?

After trying Jones Cranberry Soda, we realized that we had now tasted all 10 flavors found in the various collections. From the National Holiday Pack, we endured Turkey & Gravy, Brussels Sprout, Cranberry, Wild Herb Stuffing, and Pumpkin Pie. Adding the Regional Holiday Pack into the mix, we had the bonus benefit of a repeat Turkey & Gravy, Broccoli Casserole, Smoked Salmon Paté, Corn On The Cob, and Pecan Pie.

Jones Soda Cranberry Soda (2005)

All 10 sodas mixed together

What do you do when you have all these flavors in the same room? Well my good friend John thought we should mix them all together and try that experience! Unbelievably, I agreed to do this with him. The mixed drink didn’t look too bad sitting in our Dixie Cups. It smelled pretty much like maple syrup as well, so obviously that Pecan Pie flavor was dominating over the others. But what happened when we attempted to drink this concoction?

Jones Soda Cranberry Soda (2005) - Taste Test

John & Steve prepare to gulp!

Jones Soda Cranberry Soda (2005) - Taste Test

Down the hatch it goes!

Jones Soda Cranberry Soda (2005) - Taste Test

John waits for… it to come back up

Jones Soda Cranberry Soda (2005) - Taste Test

Uh oh, he’s going to…

Jones Soda Cranberry Soda (2005) - Taste Test

Clean up on Aisle 5!!

Needless to say, this was a bad idea. In any case, I hope you enjoyed our look at the various Jones Soda holiday flavors!