Asahi Mitsuya Cider vs. Coca Cola Sprite

When it comes to clear and colorless soda drinks, Mitsuya Cider and Kirin Lemon have been long-time favorites in Japan, where Coca-Cola Sprite also boasts its deep-rooted popularity.

Mitsuya Cider vs. Sprite

Asahi Mitsuya Cider vs Coca Cola Sprite

First introduced in 1884 under the name of Hirano-Sui (平野水), Mitsuya Cider is one of Japan’s oldest existing carbonated beverages and represents Japanese cider,

while, based on the article スプライト on Japanese Wikipedia, Sprite went on the market in 1961 to compete with the lemon-flavored soda drink 7 UP. 


Mitsuya Cider vs Sprite Flavor

As I wrote before, the definition/meaning of cider differs by country, and in Japan, cider is the umbrella term for clear and colorless non-alcoholic carbonated drinks.

While Coca-Cola Sprite contains 1 percent fruit juice from lemon and lime, Asahi Mitsuya Cider uses a fruit flavoring (with no fruit juice) to add a distinctive deliciousness.


Mitsuya Cider vs Sprite Taste

Compared to Mitsuya Cider, Sprite has a strong fizz, and its taste is more citrusy with a lemon-lime note, while the fruitiness of Mitsuya Cider is mild and somewhat different from citrus.

That said, both the drinks are legendary and taste so good. So which you choose depends on your preferences.


Mitsuya Cider vs Sprite Ingredients

Asahi Mitsuya Cider and Coca-Cola Sprite both contain no caffeine or preservatives. For your reference, their specific ingredients are as follows.

Sprite Mitsuya Cider
High fructose corn syrup, Fruit juice (Lemon, Lime), Carbonic acid, Flavoring, Acidifier, Sweetener (Stevia), Antioxidant (Vitamin C) Sugars (High fructose corn syrup, Sugar), Carbonic acid, Flavoring, Acidifier

Nutrition Facts

Mitsuya Cider vs Sprite Nutrition Facts

And here is the comparison table of their nutrition facts. 

Nutritional Values
  Sprite (100 ml) Mitsuya Cider (100 ml)
Calories 32 kcal 42 kcal
Protein 0 g 0 g
Fat 0 g 0 g
Carbohydrates 8 g 11 g
Salt equivalents 0.02 g 0.02 g


Hi, I'm Tomo, a Japanese blogger living in Niigata Prefecture, Japan. For the purpose of enriching your life, I would like to introduce things about Japan on this blog, especially unique Japanese products, cooking recipes, cultures, and facts and trivia.

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