Chasing the Panther since 1999
Crystal Pepsi is back for the summer! According to Pepsi, it is to "Celebrate the 90s" and was "Inspired by overwhelming fan demand"....
is this not EXACTLY what we have been asking for?.. limited productions on classic favorites a couple times a year?.. I dont want to get my hopes up as we have all seen what the responses have been in the past when it comes to Josta,.. (and how they took Sobe Dragon off the shelves which I wouldnt be surprised if it was because it was a primary part of Josta Reborn, lol)
But seriously.. this is GREAT, and maybe.. MAYBE if it catches enough support and sales.. maybe it can give the idea of doing the same for Josta a real second chance.. so Im going to buy the crap out of it anyway because I miss it (I just hope its the original formula, not the one second one that tasted more like 7UP that came about just before the drink disappeard for good).., and will encourage everyone else to do the same.. Support the 90s softdrink thing Pepsi is up to.. WE MUST NOT let the idea fade away with the end of summer next month.. lets keep on them and show them this idea CAN WORK.
In the meantime, Im still working on a couple new Josta Reborn methods, but as I stated, its just taking time to get it right and fitting it in some weeks is just difficult right now, but I did figure something out that was a sticking point with the syrup method, so progress is being made, and I appreciate everyoners support, e-mails, and patience. thank you.
I have not forgotten, I just have been rather busy with work and other projects. I tweaked the syrup to a point where I think it works well, but something still just isnt right.. I think it may actually require an additional ingredient, which is amking it a little more complex for both the purchasing and mixing you all will need to do and Im trying to keep things as simple as possible. While I work that out, I may pivot over to the new version that uses other available drinks more like the original method just to get one of these options completed.. The only thing that may be different is availability of these drinks currently.. It may end up being something that requires ordering as it is getting harder and harder to find the drinks that work cocsistantly among different convienience stores through different areas these days.. Will try to keep updating with progress if nothing else. Thanks for the patience and support of all who are checking and/or have reached out...
The syrup, which has been getting used in plain 20oz bottles of seltzer is a couple tweaks away from being ready for a set of instructions.. then I will start the other versions that try to use regular out of the cooler bottled drinks similar to the original Josta Reborn recipe.. maybe another week or so till the first link is up, so keep checking!
I am now very close to 3 new acceptable ways to make Josta Reborn... Ranging from another simple method using things you can find in many convienience stores today, to a new Syrup based version that will be meant for squeezing in to a bottle of seltzer, or possibly used in a home soda kit such as SodaStream. I hope to have all 3 methods posted within about a month. Stay tuned!
A little over a week ago I was contacted by a reporter with The Daily Dot who was looking to ask some questions about Josta and the Josta Reborn recipe.. A nice surprise, and one that was motivational in prompting me to finish some new Josta Reborn formulas I started years ago.
The Article was posted today, and can be seen here: The absurd, decade-long quest to bring back '90s energy drink Josta
If anyone is interested in my full responses to the reporter, it can be seen here: Josta Reborn Q&A
Much of it is similar to information on this site already, but there are some other things in there too.
After many years of longing for it, tasting it in my head, and scouring the area for anything even close to it, I have made my own. yes, and also after the many same years of tasting every energy drink that I came across, and figuring out the flavors in certain ones that I liked, and gave me that hinting reminder of Josta, I have emerged with this simple mixture which I think any Josta fan will appreciate and enjoy. Click on the HOW link on the left to read my story and see how to come as close to Josta as Ive found yet.
Ive been working on a Josta substitute. Ive gotten the taste, color, and even the smell so very close. When Im happy with it, and its been tested by some of my original josta sharing crew, Ill be sharing the entire project with the josta following community by putting all the information up on this site for everyone to enjoy. sort of like an open source project. yup, Im a geek. stay tuned!
Ive mentioned my love and missing of Josta on my site a number of times in the past. after recently searching the web for what remains of the josta fans that I used to communicate with years and years ago, and seeing that a lot of them are still around, Ive decided it was time to construct my own Josta site, one thats a little different from the rest. youll see why in the next few days. this post is the first real post for this site,.. the ones Ill insert before this date will actually be taken from my personal site and past Josta news. Enjoy the site.
store.sodafavorites.com which goes up and down, and is currently not responding, said they had some josta coming soon. I plan on buying as much as I can when and if this actually happens. this site basically collects hard to find sodas that are still unopened and sells them to nuts like me.
I actually have an unopened bottle of Josta on my shelf here. its caved in a bit, which can be expected considering its age and how fast Josta normally lost its fizz. but I cherrish this posetion and hope one day it may be united with a resurected version of itself. Pepsi, you need to get youre heads on straight and produce fan favorite sodas like Josta and Pepsi Blue once in a while. it cant possibly hurt if you do it right. -- cough-livewire-pitchblack-holidayspice-cough -- ... speaking of coughing, I always did think Josta had this cough syrup like flavor.. which is partly why I liked it so much. anyone else agree with that?
05/13/2002 on mervernation.com
On 05-13-2002 I posted about Pepsi Blue and again mentioned Josta, not so much for energy drink reasons but for not being afraid to try new flavors, for how I love Pepsi for not being afraid to put out new flavors, and of course what happens when new flavors dont sell enough.
01/03/2002 on mervernation.com
On 01-03-2002 I posted about MountaindeW AMP and as always, it was compared to Josta. To me, everything gets sized up to Josta. Josta was one of the first radical drinks of this rapidly evolving energy drink craze we see now.
12/22/2000 on mervernation.com
On 12-22-2000 I posted a link to www.josta.org and simply said "this needs to happen" - at that point josta.org was a site dedicated to saving josta. the domain is no longer active and the save josta site and effort was moved to a different place.
05/04/1999 on mervernation.com
On 05-04-1999 I posted : NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! I just got off the phone with Pepsi Consumer Relations, and I have some sad news. JOSTA, the powerful, potent guarana drink has had its production stopped. forever. I dont know about anyone else, but that was my absolute favorite drink, it had such a unique taste, and now its gone. Josta, being one of the first guarana drinks of its kind, has set standards in many of the new drinks today, which are now here and josta not. doesnt seem fair. Mountain deW, which is still the ultimate "common" power drink, will always be here, thank god. no one will take our dew away. other products that Pepsi told me they discontinued, were Crystal Pepsi and Pepsi Kona. test markets suck. they get you addicted, and it not enough people bought it, you get it ripped away from you. on the NON Pepsi side of the drinks, we still have Bawls, a gingerale type of power drink with 80mg of caffeine to the 12 oz, and a new one we just found called BATTERY. Battery is a disgustingly powerful drink with a rather sharp bite to it. almost tastes like what you would expect battery acid to taste like. it has 135 mg of caffeine to the 12 oz, and it is in a can that looks like a battery. even has a plus sign on the top.