After years of teasing, Pepsi is finally unleashing its nitrogen-infused cola. The new cola, called Nitro Pepsi, hits store shelves nationwide on March 28, and the beverage company says it's meant to be consumed a bit differently from regular sodas.
The first thing you'll notice about Nitro Pepsi is how different it looks and tastes from your typical cola. The beverage is infused with nitrogen, which creates smaller bubbles and a smoother texture. The brand claims it's "actually softer than a soft drink" with a frothy head that's more like a Guinness-style pour.
Infusions of nitrogen have been popular for a while in beer and coffee, but this is the first time it's been used for soda. Specifically, Nitro Pepsi's smooth and creamy consistency is created by a nitrogen-infusing widget, similar to the ones found in Guinness beer cans (and some cold brew coffee products), that sits in the bottom of each can.
To properly drink Nitro Pepsi, you'll need to follow three simple steps. You'll need to chill the can, pour hard and admire.
Getting the most out of Nitro Pepsi isn't hard, but it does take a little time to get used to the unique taste and texture. You'll need to give the beverage a moment to form a creamy head, much like a Guinness-style pour.
Ultimately, it's worth giving Nitro Pepsi a shot if you're a fan of the beverage. But it's also a bit of a bummer, as it doesn't seem to have the same fresh-tasting, peppy taste as your traditional Pepsi.