It’s not coke, it’s not Pepsi, it’s Cockta, the Yugoslavia homegrown cola beverage that came about at a time when foreign colas were difficult to obtain and they were looking for a viable competitor as well. I always love trying locally produced food and drinks of the areas I’m traveling to. It is one of the best reasons for travel, to taste the differences around the world Invented in Slovenia in the 1950s using local ingredients, it was an attempt to make a completely homegrown cola beverage and not simply a copy of other foreign colas. It has a bit of a medicinal taste to it, which we joked was a way to get all your daily vitamins, but it is what gives it its unique flavor and probably was necessary due to what could be sourced locally and for local tastes as well. It is actually seeing a bit of resurgence as of late as locals are looking for connections back to their youth when Cockta was one of the few choices they had available. On a possibly unrelated but interesting note, the Pepsi slogan that I modified for the title was Pepsi’s slogan until 1991, which is also the year when Yugoslavia truly began breaking up with the independence of Slovenia.
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