Controversial congresswoman AOC gives a thumbs-up to Irn-Bru at Cop26

AOC gives the OK to Irn-Bru: Controversial congresswoman gives a thumbs-up after tasting a can of Scotland’s other national drink during the Glasgow COP26 conference

  • US Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez filmed herself drinking Irn-Bru for the first time at Cop26 Summit in Glasgow, Scotland
  • She said orange soft drink reminded her of Kola Champagne from Latin America
  • Scottish Minister Nicola Sturgeon had earlier posed with the Democrat with can

US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has given a thumbs-up to Scotland’s other national drink Irn-Bru.

The 32-year-old Bronx Representative, the bête noire for the American right, said the orange soft drink reminded her of Kola Champagne – another ‘soda’ popular in Latin America. 

The Democrat, who arrived at the UN climate summit in Glasgow on Tuesday, filmed an Instagram video of herself drinking her first can of Irn-Bru in a ‘moment of truth’.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez said: ‘Oh my God, love it, love it. This tastes just like the Latino soda Kola Champagne. I love it. Irn-Bru, count me in.’


US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has given a thumbs up to Scotland’s national drink Irn-Bru


The Democrat, who arrived at the UN climate summit in Glasgow on Tuesday, filmed an Instagram video of herself drinking her first can of Irn-Bru in a ‘moment of truth’

‘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. I like it!

‘Will bring some cans home to New York for sure!’ 

Ms Ocasio-Cortez had earlier said she wanted to try Irn-Bru, Scotland’s other national drink after whisky, during her visit to Glasgow for the COP26 conference but had been too busy to get any.  

‘I am trying to get my hands on some!,’ she said. ‘So far it’s been non-stop work with no real independent time so I am hoping for a window to find some.

‘The schedule has us leave early and get back late. Where do I find it??’ 

Luckily Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was on hand and tweeted a photo of herself and Ms Ocasio-Cortez posing with a can.

Luckily Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon was on hand and tweeted a photo of herself and Ms Ocasio-Cortez posing with a can

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

Ms Ocasio-Cortez responded: ‘Talk about Scottish hospitality! Thank you for the (very special) delivery, Madam first minister.’   

On Tuesday, the congresswoman spoke at a press conference at the climate summit and later spoke at an event about how climate change affects women and gender equality, where she also called for the US to get back the ‘moral authority’ it lost under Donald Trump. 

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

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