What Is Jarritos and Why Is It Different from Other Sodas?

Whenever I’m at a local burrito place, looking to wet my whistle whilst I eat my chorizo, I make sure to grab myself a bottle of Jarritos. The brightly colored Mexican soda hits the spot every time. Today, we’ll take a closer look at Jarritos—what is is, where it came from, and why the heck am I not guzzling one down as we speak???

Is Jarritos a soda?

Yes, Jarritos would definitely be categorized as a soda. Or, depending what region of the country you’re in, a soft drink, “pop,” or “Coke.” It comes in the following delectable flavors: Grapefruit, Mandarin, Lime, Mango, Strawberry, Tamarind, Guava, MXCN Cola, Pineapple, Jamaica (Hibiscus), Passion Fruit, Watermelon, and Fruit Punch. 

How to pronounce Jarritos?

True to its Mexican origins, Jarritos uses the Spanish pronunciation “hah-ree-tohs.” You pronounce the “J” with an “H” sound. 

How to open Jarritos?

Jarritos is a classically bottled beverage, which means getting the cap off takes a bit more than the twist of a hand. Grab a bottle opener or, if you’re crafty, you could use a spoon, the side of a table, a Bic lighter, or an extremely tough looking character’s eye socket. Just make sure to look away while that one’s happening, it can get pretty gnarly. 

Who owns Jarritos?

Jarritos was invented by Don Francisco “el Guero” Hill in 1950. Today, the company is owned by Novamex, a large independent bottling conglomerate based in El Paso, Texas. 

Does Jarritos have caffeine?

Yes, Jarritos contains 20 mg of caffeine per one serving of 8 fl oz.

Is Jarritos alcoholic?

Standard Jarritos varieties contain no alcohol. However, Jarritos recently released a version of the soda that contains 5% alcohol. The new drink, Cantaritos, comes in four flavors: Mandarin, Pineapple, Fruit Punch, and Tamarind. 

What does Jarritos mean?

The word “jarrito” means “little jug” in Spanish, which is a very, very, very cute sequence of words. 

So, on your next Taco Tuesday, make sure to reach past the standard Pepsi products and have a wonderful Jarrito with your al pastor. Just make sure to factor in enough time to decide on a flavor, because each Jarritos flavor is better than the last. 

About the Author

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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