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Irn-Bru Soda

What It Is: Known as Scotland’s “other national drink,” this neon-orange soda is said to offset the effects of the country’s primary libation (Scotch). The name is pronounced “iron brew,” and in fact, the drink does contain trace amounts of iron. The secret formula’s syrupy taste is reminiscent of orange Tic Tacs, with a hint of quinine.

Why It (Supposedly) Works: With high levels of sugar and caffeine, the fizz can certainly give a temporary kick. Since it’s been promoted for decades as a strengthening tonic, though, there could also be a compelling power of suggestion at work.

Where to Experience It: You can find Irn-Bru all over Scotland, even in McDonald’s. Stateside, you’ll have to seek out specialty purveyors of British and Scottish goods, like Myers of Keswick in New York.

—Jennifer Paull


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