‘Love it’: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gives verdict on Scottish favourite Irn-Bru

US congresswoman posts video of herself sampling the drink at Cop26 after being given a can by Nicola Sturgeon

Cop26 is not short of controversial subjects, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has demonstrated she is not afraid to get stuck into the big questions: namely, would she like the Scottish fizzy drink Irn-Bru?

The bright orange drink has become the surprise curiosity of Cop26, and is on sale throughout the SEC convention centre due to a deal between building’s owners and drinks manufacturer AG Barr. Delegates from all over the world have been sharing their thoughts on its unique taste, with mixed reviews.

In an Instagram video of herself trying the drink for the first time, the US congresswoman said: “Oh my God, love it, love it. This tastes just like the Latino soda Kola Champagne.”

“I was so shocked at having something in Glasgow that tasted like home,” she added in a caption. “However Irn-Bru is also very unique on its own. It’s got pizazz. Will bring some cans home to NY for sure!”

When she arrived at the UN climate summit in Glasgow on Tuesday as part of a US congressional delegation, she said she wanted to try Irn-Bru during her visit but had been so busy she hadn’t been able to get any.

“I am trying to get my hands on some!,” she said. “So far it’s been non-stop work. Where do I find it?? Do y’all have bodegas here?”

Luckily Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon came to the rescue and tweeted a photo of herself handing a can to Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday.

“Amidst all the serious business at Cop26 today, I’m pleased to also report that AOC now has a supply of Irn-Bru,” she wrote.

🇺🇸🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 Amidst all the serious business at #COP26 today, I’m pleased to also report that @AOC now has a supply of Irn Bru pic.twitter.com/3yhisZ9PiN

— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) November 10, 2021

Ocasion-Cortez responded: “Talk about Scottish hospitality! Thank you for the (very special) delivery, Madam first minister.”

A spokesperson for Irn-Bru said: “It’s phenomenal that Scotland’s ginger nectar has made such a splash with delegates from across the globe.”


Jessica Murray

The GuardianTramp

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