I saw Sun Drop a few months back in my local grocery store and thought that it was some old timey soda that had now finally made it to Texas. Turns out I was right! Sun Drop or Sundrop, has been around in some from since the 1930’s but thanks to the Dr. Pepper/Snapple company now has seen a nationwide release as of this year. I must say they are promoting the heck out of it too. I’ve seen it sponsored on boxers (fighters not underwear), billboards, and big trucks… just to name a few of the “B” ones. Figuring that I might as well try this “new” beverage I purchased a pack guessing that I knew what I was getting into. It’s in a fun green can and it’s labeled as a citrus soda. This is the Dr. Pepper version of Mountain Dew… AMIRIGHT? Sadly this means it also uses HFCS and other chemicals to flavor… wait… this has orange juice in the ingredients. To quote the 9th Doctor, “Fantastic!” Ok, so maybe it could be a bit different than the Dew. Enough of the pleasantries.
Sun Drop smells a lot like Mountain Dew but has a bit more of a citrus bite to its aroma. While it’s a generically citrus smell my nostrils are still able to pick out hints of lemon and lime. Like I said before, this is Dr. Pepper’s version of Mountain Dew… CANIGETAWITNESS?
Upon drinking it my tongue is touched by a bevy of citrus flavors. I can pick out the lemon and lime I whiffed earlier and most impressively I can also taste the orange juice that is listed on the side of the can. None of these are dominant flavors mind you but if you take the time to try and sort it out in your mouth you can identify them all. This is a little bit sweeter to me than Mountain Dew and a little less harsh on the throat. Obviously Mountain Dew is not as caustic as Coke or Pepsi but it does have room to be muted a bit. Personally I like the taste of Sun Drop more than Mountain Dew to the point where if I’m given the choice I’d pick Sun Drop every time if it was made with sugar. As it currently stands I’ll only pick Sun Drop every time over regular Dew… throwback still gets my vote. You get almost the same flavor that you would with Dew except for a few subtle improvements like the slight orange flavoring, the smoother mouth feel, and (in my opinion) the not INYOURFACE marketing. Sun Drop to me embodies a sit on the porch after a sweltering hot day watching the sun set kind of drink. The drink feels much more laid-back than its competition and in such makes me enjoy it that much more. With all that said I think Dr. Pepper/Snapple picked a winner in Sun Drop and in doing so have the strongest lineup of soda out of the big three. Obviously Coke and Pepsi are going to make more money at the end of the year but give me Dr. Pepper/RC Cola/7up/Sun Drop over the Red and Blue equivalents any day.
Verdict – Buy a Pack
Which one is the can and which one is the iguana?! The world may never know.