Bottle of Inca Kola

FoodFriday: Inca Kola in Peru

Welcome to YQtravelling’s FoodFriday. The day of the week when I show off some of the lovely eats I had while travelling.

Today’s feature is not food but a mysterious drink from Peru. Let’s check it out.

I have a soft spot for soft drinks despite knowing how bad they are for my health. I try to avoid them as much as I can but I occasionally reward myself with a cold can of Coca-Cola.

Of course all diet rules are out while travelling so I tried Peru’s famous soft drink Inca Kola. I usually order this drink to accompany my meals in local restaurants.

A bottle of Inca Kola in Peru
A bottle of Inca Kola in Peru

The color of Inca Kola reminded me of pee. But as a Chinese person, I’m used to pee-colored drinks such as tea and chrysanthemum tea so it didn’t bother me at all.

Despite having the word “Kola” in it, Inca Kola tastes nothing like Coca-Cola or its rival Pepsi Cola.

Instead, Inca Kola tastes like Mountain Dew, or my memory of Mountain Dew. It is sweet but not tooth achingly sweet. Even though I enjoyed it, it would not replace the place Coca-Cola has in my heart.

Inca Kola at a rustic Peruvian eatery in Nasca. Do you see the 2 liter bottles of Inca Kola in the fridge?
Inca Kola at a rustic Peruvian eatery in Nasca. Do you see the 2 liter bottles of Inca Kola in the fridge?

Have you ever tried interesting local soft drinks while travelling? Share your experience with us.

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More about Liau Yun Qing

Yun Qing is a writer, improviser and curious person. She loves finding little adventures in life. In 2013, she went on a 130-day round-the-world trip. She wrote a book to help those who also want to go on a career break.

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