I like cream soda. I like root beer. I like cola. I don’t know how they did it, but ToniCol is like all three rolled into one.
What is ToniCol? It is a local vanilla flavored soda invented by Antonio Espinosa de los Montero from Rosario, Sinaloa, around 1870. Rosario is a town about 30 miles South of Mazatlán, and is also the hometown of the singer Lola Beltrán, and a pleasant afternoon outing. But even if Rosario is the birthplace of ToniCol, Mazatlán considers it their hometown soda, for sure.
Like everywhere in México, Coca Cola is the most popular soda, but ToniCol is a big seller here. It is bottled in Rosario by El Manantial bottling company, one of the few independent bottlers in Mexico today.
The ToniCol slogan is “ToniCol …..es diferente” which translates to “ToniCol…. is different.” I do agree that it is a different taste. What does it taste like? Like a very, very sweet vanilla coke. Almost syrupy, even. I don’t like things too sweet so I diluted mine with a bit with mineral water this weekend while playing scrabble with friends.
If you come to Mazatlán, give the local soda a try. It truly is “diferente!”