“ Manufacturer: Asda / Type: Soft Drinks „
I remember years ago, before I started to drink alcohol, and in an attempt to look 'sophisticated', I used to consume 'bitter orange'. I hadn't seen it around for years until I spotted a bottle in Asda a few weeks ago and I decided to buy some to see if it was as good as I remembered it.
The bottle of orange comes in a large one litre plastic bottle and costs just under 50p which I personally think is really excellent value for money. What I like about this drink is that it contains no artificial flavours or colours and it is also suitable if you are a vegetarian.
When I opened this I was ever so slightly disappointed that it didn't have enough of a fizz. I like to unscrew the caps and hear that good old 'fizz' but there wasn't really any noise at all when I opened this bottle and I remember thinking it sounded very flat. The drink itself is a nice bright, vivid orange colour and as soon as you take the top off (and before you even begin to pour the drink into a glass) you can really smell the strong aroma of oranges. It's a very refreshing smell and it is a natural smell that doesn't have a chemical background aroma.
This is a nice refreshing drink to have on its own or as a mixer with other drinks (such as vodka). Personally, I cannot drink too large a glass of this as it makes my stomach burn above my naval but I think this is due to the fact that it is quite an acidic drink. My other half is not so keen on it as she says it leaves a strange bitter after taste in her mouth and makes her need a glass of water pretty soon after she has drunk it. Personally, I don't find I have this problem. I think it tastes refreshing and tangy, just as I remember it, and the only downside for me is that if I drink it too fast or in too great an amount, I will experience a stomach pain.
Overall, I do like this drink. It is best served very cold and I like it on it's own with lots of ice on a night when I am not drinking alcohol, but like to have a cold drink in my hand.
I love carbonated soft drinks and because of this I tend to buy new one's whenever I spot them and this was the case when I came across this! Of course I have heard of bitter lemon drinks and drank rather alot of it over the years but bitter orange I hadn't seen or heard of before and couldn't wait to tuck into it lol.
1 Litre see-through bottle with an orange screw on/off cap to the top of it and it has an orange and white label around the middle of it. On the front of that label I am told that it is Asda Bitter Orange and that it is low calorie, that it is 1 litre in size and that it is suitable for Vegetarians and contains no artificial colours or flavours. Other information listed on the back of the bottle includes ingredients and allergy advice being given, there is a full nutritional rundown chart shown, warnings and storage advice is also given and contact details for Asda are listed. It is a nice enough bottle to be fair to it and it even has a recipe given on there to make the perfect orange and vodka drink.
The Drink Itself:
Well in colour it is orange and open it up and you get a really nice natural orange aroma. It is slightly (and I mean slightly) sparkling and taste wise it is that of weak orange and to me tastes like a low calorie tonic water (this does contain aspartame) with a hint of orange flavouring that comes from concentrate really. To me though this isn't really all that refreshing as it does leave a weird sort of after-taste in the mouth and in my case makes me feel more thirsty after consuming it. Not that great but to be fair to it, it is a better mixer and yes I have tried the recipe on the side of the bottle which is a vodka and orange drink and it works rather well and is a twist on a simple classic. Not a bad offering and worth trying for the money it costs I guess though for me I won't bother with it again lol.
Only available in Asda stores costing 47p a bottle.