New Zealand's First Chilli Cola
African Cola + Mexican Chilli = mexafrickinawesome
October 17th 2016
Nine months ago we tossed around an idea with our friends from The Lucky Taco. What if we combined their talents and flavours with our organic cola? Several margaritas later we had it: New Zealand’s first chilli cola.
Sold exclusively at Farro Fresh and Moore Wilson's in time for Día De Los Muertos (Day Of The Dead).
We wanted our chilli cola to have the right balance of heat, sweet and sour, where you can taste the ingredients but also get a kick so we got our foodist friends to help. Early on in the process we engaged the tastebuds of the best tongues in the business at a secret tasting at the Golden Dawn, including Delaney Mes, Ray McVinnie, Sarah Heeringa, Laura Lopez, Anne Thorp, Helen Mai, Jo Elwin, Warren Elwin, Ruby White, William Chen and Ostro’s mixologist Paul Franich.
It paid off.
The result, is that the chilli cola’s hot and sweet but not so hot or sweet you can’t finish the bottle.
The artwork on the bottles is a collab between Otis Frizzell, co-founder and creator of The Lucky Taco’s friendly skull, and Beck Wheeler, the artist who drew the Karma Cola angel and devil. Our styles worked really well together in a kind of visual alchemy and the elements combined to create something unique.