Food & Drink

Your New Favorite Cocktails, Courtesy of 1893 from the Makers of PEPSI-COLA®

Spicy Margaritas, Basil Lemonades, Mojitos. These Top-Shelf Colas Do It All.

By Sam Eichner ·
If we know you—and we think we kind of definitely do—we know you’ll be responsible for hosting your fair share of al fresco dinner parties, holiday barbecues and tiki-related affairs this summer.

Naturally, you’ll have a lot on your plate: the food prep, the necessary feng shui, the endless “Can I invite Carl without inviting Doug?” ruminations...

So just do yourself a favor and let 1893 from the Makers of PEPSI-COLA® take care of the drinks.

If you didn't already know, 1893 is a new top-shelf cola made with real sugar, kola nut extract and sparkling water. It comes in four bold flavors: Original, Ginger, Citrus and Black Currant. At once timeless and uniquely modern, they’re just as good in cocktails as they are on their own.

To prove it, the good people at Pepsi have designed a handful of delicious 1893-specific libations for you to serve as you see fit.

And we imagine you’ll see it fit quite often...


1893 Basil Lemonade
2-4 oz. 1893 Black Currant Cola
2-4 oz. lemonade
1 ½ oz. premium vodka
2 large basil leaves, muddled
1 lemon wedge

Muddle basil and a splash of lemonade in the bottom of a mixing tin. Add vodka. Stir and strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Add 1893 Black Currant Cola. Garnish with additional basil leaves and a lemon wedge.


1893 Ginger Mule
1 1/2 oz. premium vodka
3/4 oz. lime juice
3 oz. 1893 Ginger Cola
1 sliced ginger

Combine vodka and lime juice in a copper mug or Collins glass. Fill with crushed ice. Top with 1893 Ginger Cola. Garnish with ginger and a lime wedge.


1893 Spicy Margarita
1 1/2 oz. silver tequila
3/4 oz. lime juice
1/2 oz. honey syrup
4 oz. 1893 Citrus Cola
3 slices jalapeño

Muddle the jalapeño and lime juice. Add in the honey syrup, tequila, and ice. Shake and strain into a lowball glass with ice. Top with the 1893 Citrus Cola, stir lightly and garnish with a lime and jalapeño slice.


1893 Mojito
4-6 oz. 1893 Citrus Cola
1 1/2 oz. spiced rum
6-8 fresh mint leaves, muddled
2 cucumber slices, halved and muddled
2 lime wedges, muddled

Muddle mint, cucumber, and lime in the bottom of a mixing tin. Add spiced rum and ice. Shake until chilled. Double strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice. Add 1893 Citrus Cola. Garnish with lime, cucumber, and mint.


1893 & Rye 
1 1/2 oz. rye whiskey
3 oz. 1893 Black Currant Cola
2 lemon wedges

Pour the rye into a highball glass with ice. Top off with 1893 Black Currant Cola. Squeeze a lemon wedge. Garnish with a lemon wedge.


1893 & Bourbon

1 oz bourbon
3 oz 1893 Original Cola
1 cherry

In a mixing tin, add bourbon and 1893 Original Cola. Shake and strain over rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a cherry.
Sam Eichner

Sam Eichner likes literature, reality television and his twin cats equally. He has consistently been told he needs a shave since he started growing facial hair.

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