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What Is the Jamaican Drink Ting?

What Is the Jamaican Drink Ting

I came across the drink Ting from Jamaica, and I’m always keen to try new sodas.

So, I decided to give it a try to see what it is and how it tastes, and here’s what I found.

So, what is the Jamaican drink Ting?

The Jamaican drink Ting is a grapefruit soda that has 6% real grapefruit juice.

It is cloudy white in color and tastes both sweet and tart.

It is very refreshing and has a very nice grapefruit-like flavor.

In this article, I will explain what Ting tastes like, whether Boom Ting is a real drink, how many calories there are in a can of ting, and what ingredients are in it.

What does Ting taste like?

What does Ting taste like

Although Ting is a grapefruit flavored soda, you might have noticed that some sodas are labeled a certain fruit flavor but don’t necessarily taste exactly like the fruit.

For example, Fanta Orange, although it tastes good only slightly resembles the taste of an orange.

So, how does Ting fare?

As a whole, Ting has a really nice grapefruit taste but it’s not as strong and overpowering as eating a grapefruit.

It really satisfies your thirst and is only lightly carbonated.

Because of that, it’s really smooth and easy to drink.

When I tasted it, I thought it was really nice and I wouldn’t mind drinking it again.

I would also recommend it if someone asked whether it is good or not. Unlike, sodas such as root beer, which is an acquired taste.

I also looked at a bunch of video reviews of people trying it online, and most of them rated it as tasting above average.

And they definitely liked it.

There wasn’t anything that they didn’t like about it, and all of them found it really refreshing.

Here’s one video review showing their initial first impressions of Ting soda.

It’s important to note here that if you don’t particularly like grapefruit or citrus drinks, then you won’t like Ting.

Is Boom Ting a real drink?

Is Boom Ting a real drink

Ting is a refreshing and delicious soda and has a funny name which reminds me of the way Jamaican’s say the word ‘thing’.

But, is Boom Ting a kind of Ting soda, and is it a real drink? I did some research and here’s what I found.

Boom Ting is a drink created by combining 2 Jamaican drinks – Ting grapefruit soda, and Boom an energy drink.

The combination makes a unique drink that not only quenches your thirst but gives you a boost of energy.

I’ve already covered what Ting tastes like, so then what does Boom taste like.

What does Boom taste like?

Boom tastes almost identical to Red Bull except it’s much sweeter.

The soda itself is light brown in color, and because of its flavor makes a really good mixer for alcoholic drinks.

When you combine Ting with Boom, it adds a citrus tang to Boom.

And has a completely unique flavor.

The closest thing I could describe it as a mix between a citrus soda like Sprite or 7Up with Redbull.

Ting has a much more sour citrusy taste than Sprite.

And Boom is a lot sweeter than Redbull. So, the fact that Sprite is sweeter than Ting offsets the fact the Redbull isn’t as sweet as Boom.

How many calories in a can of Ting?

How many calories in a can of Ting

Recently, zero sugar and zero calorie drinks have become really popular and virtually all of the popular sodas come in a zero calorie version.

Also, if you’re trying to lose weight tracking how many calories you consume is important.

So, then, how many calories are there in a can of Ting?

In total, an 8 fl. oz. (330 mL) can of Ting soda has 120 calories.

This is about average for a non-Zero calorie soda such as Pepsi, or Sprite, except for Coca Cola.

Coca Cola has around 7 times the amount of sugar and calories as other similar sodas such as Pepsi, and Dr Pepper.

There is a direct relationship between how many calories a soda has and how much sugar it has, and Ting is no different.

And it has around 28g of sugar – which is also very similar to other popular sodas on the market today.

Ting ingredients

Ting ingredients

Every soda has similar ingredients, carbonated water, and some kind of flavoring and coloring.

But, what exactly is in Ting? Here’s what’s in it, shown on the nutritional label…

The ingredients in Ting are:

  • Carbonated water
  • Sugar
  • Concentrated grapefruit juice
  • Citric acid
  • Natural grapefruit flavor
  • Sodium citrate

Also, Ting is made and bottled locally, for example, Ting that you buy in Canada is made in Canada.

And because of that sometimes there are slight differences in the ingredients that are used to make Ting.

It also contains 6% real grapefruit juice.

Other sodas like Fanta, don’t use real fruit juice anymore which does change how they taste.

And the fact that Ting contains real fruit juice makes it taste almost identical to real grapefruit.

You may have noticed that Ting contains sodium citrate, and wondered what it is.

Sodium citrate is commonly added to sodas either to preserve the soda or to change its taste.

Sodium citrate has a slightly sour flavor that goes with the sourness of the grapefruit juice.

Does Ting have sugar?

Does Ting have sugar

When you buy sodas in different countries it can be made using different sweeteners.

For example, Coca Cola made in Mexico is sweetened with sugar rather than corn syrup.

So, I wondered whether Ting made in each country is sweetened with sugar or artificial sweetener, here’s what I found…

In total, all Ting soda that you buy is sweetened with sugar rather than artificial sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup. T

he amount of sugar found in Ting is virtually the same as the amount of sugar used in other sodas.

When I first heard about high fructose corn syrup I didn’t think much of it.

But, some people are of the opinion that consuming regular sugar is better.

So, I thoroughly researched this topic and put it together in this article which you can read [here, link: does coke use corn syrup?], which explains the use of high fructose corn syrup in sodas, what it is, and whether it’s better than standard sugar.

Where can you buy Ting?

Where can you buy Ting

Ting is a delicious drink that you probably now want to try for yourself, so then where exactly can you buy it?

As a general rule, you can buy Ting online on Amazon, Walmart, and other specialty websites that sell sodas which will come up if you do a Google search from where you live.

It typically isn’t available at big supermarkets outside of North and Central America.

And instead, you’ll need to get it from a specialty soda website. The individual website for each country is different.

The best way to find it is to do a Google search for “buy Ting soda” from where you’re located.

What is Pink Ting?

What is Pink Ting

There is also a drink called Pink Ting. But, I’m interested in whether it is a different flavor of Ting soda.

So, I did some research to get to the bottom of it…

Pink Ting is a different product made by the same company who make Ting soda.

Instead of regular grapefruit, it’s flavored with pink grapefruit.

Overall, the redder a grapefruit is the sweeter it is, so Pink Ting is less tart than standard Ting.

Pink Ting isn’t available where I live so I haven’t been able to try it, so I looked through a bunch of reviews of previous customers who bought it on Amazon.

They say that it has a bit more of a grapefruit flavor compared to standard Ting.

They also say that it’s widely available in the Caribbean, however, in other countries like the US and Canada, it’s a bit pricey.

But, almost all of the people who brought it absolutely love it.

Standard grapefruit has yellow skin, and the juice and pulp looks like that of a lemon.

There are various varieties of grapefruits and the sweetest is thought to be Rio Red, which was made as a hybrid in Texas, USA, according to the University of California Riverside.

Interestingly, grapefruit is thought to have originated in Barbados which is another Caribbean Island very close to Jamaica, where it then spread to the mainland of North America and internationally.

What alcohol goes well with Ting soda?

What alcohol goes well with Ting soda

Ting makes a great mixer for alcoholic drinks and the sour citrus flavor profile means that it pairs better with some alcohol more than others. So then what kinds of spirits and liquors go best with Ting soda?

As a whole the following spirits go really well with Ting:

  • Vodka
  • Gin
  • Whiskey
  • Rum
  • Tequila
  • Bourbon

It can be added along with a slice of lemon, or just poured together with ice.

You can vary how much alcohol you use, however, around 1 to 2 shots of spirits per glass makes it so that the alcohol taste isn’t overpowering.

You can make a simple mixer by adding 1 to 2 shots in a glass, and then filling the remainder of it with Ting soda.

If you haven’t refrigerated the soda and the spirits, adding ice is also a nice touch, especially when it’s a hot day/evening.

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