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So lot's of beverages fall under this 'technically seasonal' category and Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash is one of them. But what separates Cranberry Splash apart from the rest is the fact that it is good. Really, really good. I look for the stuff literally every single time I go to the store, knowing full well that it is typically only sold in the last couple of months of the year. I love Cranberry Splash with a passion and with me being so firmly planted in the Halloween Season right now if this was anything else other than Cranberry Splash sticking its red and green themed package around before most stores even have a Halloween section set, I would be calling a Christmas foul on it. But just like when Pitch Black showed up earlier in the year and completely out of season, I am willing to let this one slide.
Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash first hit store shelves during the Holiday Season of 2006. It was an interesting soda debut because there was never a commercial on TV or a display in the store that outright said Cranberry Splash was a holiday drink but all you had to do was look at the package and you could tell it was a holiday drink. Anytime you release a soda in early to middle November that is all red with a green label and some very conveniently placed cranberry's that just so happen to resemble bulbs on a Christmas Tree... you don't have to label it a holiday drink. We can fill in the blanks for ourselves.
As it turns out, unlike some other seasonal beverages (Pepsi Holiday Spice) Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash was an excellent drink that could probably be sold year round. Part of the fun is knowing that you only have it for a short amount of time. The soft drink would return every single year after 2006 up until now and this is a trend that I do not see stopping anytime soon. While the package has changed slightly since its inception and it still does not technically call itself a holiday drink, I always view the return of Sierra Mist Cranberry Splash as one of the first signs that Christmas is almost here!