Green Tea Coca-Cola, Basil Pepsi, Garlic Sprite* Announced.
Coca-Cola Japan has announced that it will be launching a green tea-flavored Coke for the Japanese market next week.
The drink contains antioxidants called catechins, making the new Coke a good choice for health-conscious younger women.
Green tea cola is nothing new, though. It has been around for a while now.
And catching up is Coke rival Pepsi, who will release basil-flavored “Pepsi Shiso” later in June. Shiso is a common herb used in Japan on pasta, salads, sashimi and even on pizza.
The always hilarious Japan is Doomed has made some other predictions: Pepsi Blood, anyone?
*kidding, but who knows?
UPDATE: Japanese bloggers weigh in on Pepsi Shiso (via Japan Probe):
Positive: Kumaboshi – “It’s actually not bad, and does smell and taste (at least at first) like shiso.”
Negative: Gaijin Tonic – “While it might be refreshing on a humid summer’s day, there’s no escaping the fact that it tastes like mouthwash.”