'Coke' on Serious Eats

Coked-Up Monk

Kevin Schulz of Bridge Bar in Chicago tried a sour ale, vermouth, and Coke cocktail in LA that led him to create The Coked-Up Monk, his own "flip" on the concept, with the addition of an egg white fizz and whiskey. More

Scooped: Peanut and Coke Sorbet

I'm as Yankee as they come, but I know a good idea when I see one, and the sweet-fizzy-drink-meets-salty-snack mash-up is a good one indeed. Once you accept that the Coke functions as a rootsy, molasses-tinged caramel to coat the peanuts in a way not unlike that northern ballpark snack, the concept goes down easier. But my question last weekend was if the combination could make the transition to ice cream. More

Thums Up for Indian Cola

Rather than go head to head with the marketing machines of the big boys, the Parle group sold Thums Up to Coca-Cola in 1990. The labels of the two colas might seem similar, but Coca-Cola Classic and Thums Up do actually have quite distinct flavor profiles. More

Snapshots from Hong Kong: Boiled Coke with Ginger and Lemon

Boiled Coke with ginger and lemon started off as a popular cold remedy in Hong Kong, but now it's a popular anytime drink that's found at pretty much all Hong Kong diners. As a first-time, not sick drinker, I found it surprisingly pleasant. The cold and fizzy are gone, but you're left with sweet, spicy, a little tart, a smidge medicinal—all things that would feel restorative on a cold day or in a stream of warmth going down a sore throat. More

Boiled Coke with Ginger and Lemon

Boiled Coke with ginger and lemon started off as a popular cold remedy in Hong Kong, but now it's a popular anytime drink that's found at pretty much all Hong Kong diners. As a first-time, not sick drinker, I found it surprisingly pleasant. The cold and fizzy are gone, but you're left with sweet, spicy, a little tart, a smidge medicinal—all things that would feel restorative on a cold day or in a stream of warmth going down a sore throat. More

Confession: I Like Coke Zero

I was a teenage cashier in the main cafeteria at Texas A&M University. And that's a story in itself. But it's relevant here because that's where I first tried Coke Zero. The hours were long, the work was slow, and I needed a cold pick-me-up to get me through the dinner rush. More

Soda: Do You Ever Mix Fanta and Coke?

Just about any kid with an empty tall cup and a soda fountain in front of her has probably tried mixing sodas. (All those options in front of you; how could you not?) But in Germany, soda-mixing isn't just for kids; mixing Coke and Fanta (or their equivalents) is so popular that the mix is sold in bottles (Coca-Cola's is called "Mezzo Mix", Pepsi's a "Schwip Schwap"). Are you a soda mixer? More

Is $5 Too Much To Pay For a Coke?

I'm even fine with paying $5 or more for a soft drink at a super fancy restaurant where it's served to me in a real glass with ice by a professional waiter or bartender. But $5 for a Coke that I had to walk up to a counter to pick up myself, that I had to pay for immediately, that was served in a glass bottle with no cup, no ice, and not even a straw? Am I being unreasonable? More

Serious Reads: The Coke Machine by Michael Blanding

Even if you eschew sodas of all sorts, opening a Powerade, Nestea, Odwalla, or Dasani bottle (among many others) still supports the Coca-Cola Company. This global soft-drinks brand is colossal, with a net revenue of over $30 billion in 2009. And the company has come up against some serious backlash, both for its products' nutritional values and for its questionable actions overseas. Michael Blanding explores these controversies in The Coke Machine: The Dirty Truth Behind the World's Favorite Soft Drink. More

Weird Food-Related Collections

This is my collection of international Coke cans. (What, is that weird?) It's the kind of relic from my childhood that I forget about, now living three thousand miles from the house I grew up in, until I walk into my bedroom and realize—oh, right—one entire wall is lined with cans of Coke. The collection started when I was about nine years old. My family was flying back from the East Coast, and my older brother realized that the soda a flight attendant had brought him had a German label. That familiar Coca-Cola can—but in a different language! Awesome, I said to myself. I bought that can off him for a dollar. (My ever-entrepreneurial brother let me have nothing... More

In Videos: New Coke Ads

One involves a contagious yawn in a bizarro animated world inside the vending machine. The other, in a library where a pair of flirts exchange fluids in the form of Coke sketches on their arms. Both weird, but moderately captivating. The videos, after the jump.... More

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