Here’s a tip for those expats missing some of the tastes of home. This all developed out of the slight addiction I have to sugar-free Red Bull. On my last trip to the States, I was seriously considering how I could bring a case of it back on the plane with me.
Luckily, I stumbled upon a simpler solution – soda mixes from Sodastream. These soda flavors are designed for their make-your-own soda machines but working perfectly when mixed with any agua con gas. And luckily, they have a lot of knock-off flavors that will let you enjoy your favorites from home.
Missing root beer? Pick up their root beer mix. Missing Dr Pepper? Get their Dr Pete mix (yeah, pretty original name). And want sugar-free Red Bull? Get their diet energy drink mix (it’s really close). They also have cherry cola, cream soda, ginger ale, Crystal Light and many more in both regular and diet.
One 16.9oz bottle of soda mix makes about 12 liters of soda, so that should keep you stocked for awhile. They also claim that their sodas are healthier than the original formulas with no high-fructose corn syrup and lower calorie. And it weighs about 2 pounds so shouldn’t weigh your suitcase down too much.
Of course, this will require a bit of planning since you’ll still have to buy it in the States or have a friend bring it down for you.
And speaking of which… anyone want to bring me another bottle of diet Energy Mix? It’s going a lot faster than I thought!