What Is Fresca? Is It Actually Soda?

You got your cola. You got your root beer. Your orange soda. Your lemon-lime. And then…Fresca. It’s in a category all its own. But what is Fresca? Let’s squeeze out some info on this grapefruit flavored soda. 

What is in Fresca?

Fresca contains a combination of standard ingredients one would find in any standard carbonated beverage, including carbonated water, citric acid, potassium citrate, aspartame, and other natural flavors. What sets it apart from the rest, however, is the inclusion of concentrated grapefruit juice, which gives Fresca its classic grapefruit flavor.

Does Fresca have sugar?

No, Fresca prides itself on being a zero-calorie beverage that does not contain any sugar. It is instead sweetened with artificial sweeteners like aspartame. 

Who makes Fresca? Is Fresca a Coke product?

The Fresca soft drink was created by The Coca-Cola Company in 1966. The name was first patented to be used for a frozen concentrated orange and tangerine juice, but smarter minds prevailed and they used it for the grapefruit soda we know today instead. It should also be noted that Fresca is one of the few Coca-Cola products that does not have an equivalent Pepsi product to rival it. Fresca has the market cornered!

What does Fresca mean?

Fresca is one of those words that sounds exactly like what it means! Get this: It translates to “fresh” in Italian, Spanish and Portuguese! 

Is Fresca soda?

While Fresca is a carbonated soft drink that is often compared to soda due to its similar taste and appearance, it has rebranded as a “sparkling soda water.” It currently comes in four flavors: Grapefruit Citrus, Black Cherry Citrus, Peach Citrus and Blackberry Citrus and can be found in most supermarkets and convenience stores across the world. There’s also a spiked line of Fresca now—and they’re pretty good! Sporked ranked the grapefruit flavor as one of the best hard sodas out there. 

Well folks, at the end of the day cracking open a cold can of Fresca is a total delight, any way you (prepare yourself for one last grapefruit joke for the road, you have been warned, here it comes, brace yourself!)…slice it.

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Joe Rumrill

Joe Rumrill is a fictional one-eyed spinach-loving sailor created in 1929 by E.C Se- Wait, no, that's not right... Joe Rumrill is a stand up comedian and writer currently based in Los Angeles. His favorite thing about food is a close tie between the taste and the nutrients one gets from it. His least favorite thing about it is the "gritty, dirt-like quality some food has", but he's most likely referring to the time in third grade he was dared to eat playground sand.

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  • I just bought Fresca for the first time in several years. It tastes different from the “old” Fresca, and I noticed on the label it says “Sparkling Soda Water”. You say it’s the same as it always has been, and that it’s simply been “rebranded” with this new name. I’m sorry, but it definitely tastes different than it did before … it tastes watered down, with less “bite”. It’s not at all as I remember it. I was rather disappointed.