Coke, Pepsi, Dr Pepper, and Mountain Dew are the most popular sodas in the United States. In fact, not one grapefruit soda brand is in the top ten of favorites. Despite the lack of overwhelming love for this type of soft drink, grapefruit soda is enjoyed by many across the world.
Here are 13 grapefruit sodas worth a try for those loyal or casual drinkers of this beverage.
Brands of Grapefruit Soda
Crush is undoubtedly known best for its orange soda. It debuted in 1911 and actually had orange pulp similar to orange juice added to the orange soda. It was initially called Ward’s Orange Crush being named after Neil Ward, the inventor of the Crush recipe.
Today, Crush makes several flavors beyond just orange. These flavors include grape, strawberry, pineapple, watermelon peach, cherry, and grapefruit. Grapefruit Crush is only available in select markets so it may be difficult to find near you. Of course, it can be found online via Amazon.
Dublin Bottling Works, located in the small town of Dublin, Texas, has a rich history of producing high-quality sodas. It all started in 1891 when Sam Houston Prim tasted a fountain drink during a visit to Waco and was instantly hooked. He knew he wanted to sell the drink through his new bottling company known as Dublin Bottling Works. And with that, the first facility to bottle Dr Pepper and the first bottling plant in Texas was born.
The company calls its grapefruit soda a “a blast of tongue-tingling Texas citrus melon flavor”. It’s made with pure cane sugar and captures the essence of Texas’ famous grapefruit with a unique twist of melon. Each sip is a refreshing burst of flavor that’s perfect for any occasion.
Faygo has been a Detroit soda (called pop in Michigan) company since 1907. It was started by Russian immigrants named Ben and Perry Feigenson who were brothers. The company was named Feigenson Brothers Bottle Works until 1921 when the owners decided to simplify the business name to Faygo.
Faygo makes 60/40 pop, which is reportedly 60 percent grapefruit and 40 percent lime. However, it potentially may be the other way around. The company also makes grapefruit sparkling water.
This brand of The Coca-Cola Company has been on store shelves since 1967. It is now marketed as a “sparkling flavored soda” to capitalize on the sparkling beverage boom. Coca-Cola has recently released advertising targeting Millennials who may be unaware of this older brand. The company has also modernized Fresca’s packaging and introduced a few new flavors. In addition to Grapefruit Citrus, the Fresca flavors include Black Cherry Citrus, Peach Citrus, Strawberry Citrus, and Blackberry Citrus.
GuS stands for Grown-up Soda. This means that its products are not overly sweet yet not boring to where you don’t enjoy drinking them. They are made with real flavor extracts and juice for high-quality beverages that surpass many mainstream options in regard to ingredients.
The company makes a ruby red grapefruit soda that contains purified sparkling water, cane sugar, grapefruit concentrate, orange juice concentrate, natural flavors, citric acid, carrot extract, beta carotene, and ester gum. This products has no caffeine, preservatives, or gluten.
Hansen’s specializes in making cane sugar sodas in addition to a selection of diet soda options. The company was started in the 1930s by Hubert Hansen as a juice seller to the movie industry. Hansen’s was later the creator of the popular Monster energy drink brand. Hansen’s sodas were acquired by Coca-Cola in 2015.
Hansen’s Natural makes a grapefruit soda that is caffeine-free and has 160 calories per 12 ounce can. Its ingredients include carbonated filtered water, cane sugar, citric acid, and natural flavors.
Izze is more like a sparkling juice than a soda, but we think most grapefruit soda lovers will also enjoy this product. The company produces a sparkling grapefruit beverage made with 70% juice. It contains no added sugar or preservatives.
The ingredients of Izze Sparkling Grapefruit are sparkling water, apple juice concentrate, grape juice concentrate, clarified peach juice concentrate, natural flavor, citric acid, gum arabic, beta carotene (color), and red radish juice concentrate. Interestingly, grapefruit juice is not listed as an ingredient.
This Mexican soft-drink company is much more than just a grapefruit soda brand. The company makes an assortment of fruit-flavored sodas such as mandarin, strawberry, and lime. The company was launched in 1950 by Don Francisco Hill and is currently owned by Novamex (a bottling conglomerate). The soda began to appear on grocery store shelves in the U.S. in 1989.
Jarritos grapefruit soda has tart and tangy taste. It is made with natural flavors and real sugar.
Kiss has real extracts of lemon and grapefruit as ingredients for a superior taste. It also contains pure cane sugar to keep things real. This soda is manufactured and bottled by Orca Beverage in Mukilteo, Washington.
Squirt is a brand of Keurig Dr Pepper that was introduced in 1938. The creator, Herb Bishop, believed the taste of his soda was like an explosion of grapefruit in the mouth, which is why he called it Squirt. Today, it has become the most popular grapefruit soda in America based on sales.
Original and Diet Squirt are caffeine-free. However, the company also makes Squirt Ruby Red that has 39 mg of caffeine in 12 fluid ounces. For comparison, Coke has 34 mg in 12 fluid ounces.
Ting is a grapefruit soda brand that is one of the favorite beverages in the Caribbean. It is made with Jamacian grapefruit juice and comes in pink grapefruit and regular grapefruit flavors. The sodas are manufactured by Pepsi-Cola Jamaica Bottling. In addition to the Caribbean, Ting can be found in America, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
Wink is a citrus soda that contains grapefruit and orange juice concentrates. It is made by Canada Dry who is owned by Keurig Dr Pepper. This grapefruit soda brand was first available in 1965. It is not widely distributed across the United States or Canada. Certain bottlers in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Pennsylvania offer this soda. In Canada, it is sold in select areas under the CPlus brand name. If you can find it, you’re one of the lucky ones.
Zevia’s sodas contain zero calories and are sweetened with stevia. They have no artificial colors or phosphoric acid. In addition to sodas, Zevia also makes sparkling water, energy drinks, organic tea, mixers, and kidz drinks.
The company makes a grapefruit citrus soda. Its ingredients are carbonated water, citric acid, stevia leaf extract, and natural flavors. This caffeine-free beverage is certified gluten-free, vegan, and non-GMO verified.