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
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.
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.
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.
Asahi Mitsuya Cider and Coca-Cola Sprite both contain no caffeine or preservatives. For your reference, their specific ingredients are as follows.
|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|
And here is the comparison table of their nutrition facts.
|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|