During a recent visit to Kentucky, some friends of our encouraged us to check out a local beverage, Ski. Manufactured by Double-Cola of Chattanooga, TN, this citrus drink competes with the likes of Mountain Dew, Vault, Mello Yello, and Squirt.
Created in 1956, Ski’s big claim to fame is the inclusion of “lemon and orange juice concentrates” which they claim makes it a “naturally flavored citrus soda.” The bottle even features the following disclaimer: “It is normal for a small amount of sediment to be found due to the presence of orange and lemon juices.”
The label design seems to be inspired by water skiing and features the tagline, “Taste the Wake.” Like most citrus drinks, the color scheme is yellow and green, highlighted by a Ski logo with orange and blue. The drink has a primarily Midwest/South distribution according to Wikipedia, including in Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio, and Tennessee.
We found the drink to be brisk and probably on par with Sundrop, but definitely not as good. You could clearly taste the orange influence on this primarily lemon-flavored drink; I’d say it shared some elements with 50/50 as well. The aftertaste was probably the most disappointing, as it was more syrupy and fake-tasting than expected.
A full ingredient list is as follows:
Carbonated water, sugar and/or corn sweeteners, lemon and orange juice concentrates, sodium benzoate (preservative), caffeine, citric acid, natural flavors, cellulose gum (stabilizer), Yellow 5 (color)
A 8 oz. serving will cost you 120 calories, 30 mg of sodium, and 32 g of sugars.
Overall, Ski was a decent citrus-flavored soda, namely for its unique orange/lemon taste. However, the disappointing aftertaste and lack of any real kick inhibits its ability to compete with Sundrop, Dew, or Vault.
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