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Imagine cracking open a can of Diet Coke. You can probably picture the can itself, and you know what flavor to expect: that same crisp, iconic taste we’ve all known and loved since 1982.
But here’s the thing. While you’ll still be able to find 12-oz. cans of Diet Coke offering that original flavor to quench your thirst, Diet Coke has rolled out a whole new modern design for its cans — and added four fresh new flavors to its lineup.
The refreshed Diet Coke look is anchored by the iconic silver color and features a sharper logo, bold colors to represent each flavor and a sleek vertical brand, called the “High Line,” that extends across all packaging.
Diet Coke will roll out four new flavors this month to offer consumers bolder, more dynamic taste experiences: Feisty Cherry, Zesty Blood Orange, Ginger Lime and Twisted Mango.
Starting next week, the new Diet Coke family of beverages (including Diet Coke and the four new flavors) will roll out in sleek 12 oz. cans, to be sold as on-the-go singles as well as in eight-packs.
On Tuesday Jan. 16, these fresh flavors of Diet Coke were unveiled and paired with small plates crafted by Chef Franke Jones, Executive Chef of 204 North Kitchen & Cocktails.
We tasted tested each pairing ourselves. Here’s how the flavors played together.
The flavor: Diet Coke Zesty Blood Orange
The small plate: Barbecued Shrimp & Grits
The pairing: The spiciness of the barbecued shrimp was curbed slightly by the mildness of the creamy grits, but this dish still had some zing. The refreshing citrus notes of the Diet Coke Zesty Blood Orange were light enough that the small plate’s subtle spiciness still shone through — but the end result was delightfully tangy.
The flavor: Diet Coke Twisted Mango
The small plate: Pork Carnitas, Served with Mango Salsa & Corn Purée
The pairing: The tropical fruitiness of Diet Coke Twisted Mango called for an equally tropical-tasting small plate. If the goal here was to enhance (rather than compete with) the flavors in the pork carnitas, then they knocked it out of the park. The Diet Coke’s new mango flavor was just delicate enough to add to the overall tasting experience, without taking away from the taste of the carnitas.
The flavor: Diet Coke Ginger Lime
The small plate: Sea Bass Ceviche
The pairing: This pairing was probably the team favorite. The bright, crisp zing of ginger and the tart lime flavor in the Diet Coke perfectly complemented the citrus-y flavors in the fish, as well as the spice of the ceviche. This combination was refreshing and light — perfect for a summer cookout or a day at the beach.
The flavor: Diet Coke Feisty Cherry
The small plate: Roasted Lamb, Cauliflower Purée, Cherry Glaze
The pairing: The small plate alone was complex—the hearty, earthy flavors of the roasted lamb, as well as the herbal, vegetal flavors of the cauliflower purée. The bold fruitiness of both the cherry glaze and the Diet Coke Feisty Cherry brought the whole thing together, taking the pairing from totally savory to a more balanced (and even subtly sweet) flavor profile.
All in all, we were thrilled at how the fresh new Diet Coke flavors played with the small plates we were presented with.
And full disclosure, one of our favorite parts of the evening was tasting the mocktails that the 204 North mixologists created using these four fresh Diet Coke flavors. You’re likely to find us in stores next week, scooping up some eight-packs to make some homemade mocktails of our own.
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