Spanish for “little sun apple,” Manzanita Sol is a PepsiCo product that has been has been historically popular in Mexico. Competing against Coke’s Manzana Lift and Sidral Mundet, Sol was first brought to the U.S. market in 2005. A carbonated apple-flavored soda, you’ll find it in key Hispanic markets, such as here in Chicago, the home of BevReview.
Our sample was a 12 oz glass bottle, though the product is also available in larger 2-liter plastic sizes, as well as 12 oz cans. It’s worth noting that there isn’t actually juice in this product, unlike Sidral Mundet. Pepsi’s product is also sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, not sugar. Manzanita Sol is dark golden in color, like a rich apple juice mixed with a tad bit of cola coloring. The scent is distinctly apple juice-like; it reminded me of Arizona Sweet Apple Juice Cocktail.
This drink starts out sweet and full of apple flavor, transitioning to a syrupy feel over the tongue. The carbonation works really well with the light apple flavor, producing a refreshing experience overall. There’s a fun bitterness that also is present, hinting more at the flavor of the apple peel, which compliments the overall apple flavor. Overall, it’s quite the quenching soft drink. I like it, but it’s not as clean as Sidral Mundet, which has more of a pure apple taste.
Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, malice acid, natural & artificial flavor, caramel color, sodium benzoate (preserves freshness), calcium disodium EDTA (to protect flavor).
A 12 oz bottle contains 160 calories, 55 mg sodium, and 42 g carbs (42 g sugars). Caffeine free.