"Benjamin Shaw began producing soft drinks in 1871 with his homemade recipes." There is more information about the company's history and heritage on their website at benshawsdrinks.co.uk
I purchased this drink in a plastic bottle containing 500ml of distinctly cloudy liquid. This product can also be bought in a can but I have never seen it available in that format.
Nutritional information reveals this contains 12g of carbs per 100ml of which over 11g is sugars. This is no health product but a fizzy drink to be enjoyed in moderation. The ingredients list cites sugar and glucose syrup amongst the main ingredients which does mean that the sweetness and flavour comes from mainly natural sources. The only possible allergens listed are sulphites from the concentrated fruit juices included here.
I don't drink a lot of lemonade as I find it to be mostly tasteless and overridden by the fizz. This particular lemonade is certainly quite gassy and it actually took my breath away with my first mouthful.
Where this differs from most mainstream brands of lemonade is that this one has a really distinctive authentic taste of lemon juice, giving this a much needed tangy boost to what is otherwise a pretty bland drink. I felt there was a good balance between the natural bitterness of lemon juice and enough added sugar to make this a surprisingly refreshing drink. We've had a little bit of September sunshine today and this is a really fitting drink for a sunny day as it is smooth and drinkable.
My younger boys don't tend to drink fizzy drinks and with the bitterness of the lemon used here I wasn't expecting them to like the small glass they both tried. Despite pulling that sour tangy face at the initial taste, they surprised me by emptying their glasses and asking for more.
I was pleased to discover that this drink doesn't produce any unpleasant aftertaste nor any after affects from the carbonation! Instead this slipped down easily and left us all feeling pleasantly refreshed.
Despite being such a long established brand, this particular variety is surprisingly difficult to track down. Even the official Ben Shaw website is pretty vague about stockists nationwide and does not appear to offer a comprehensive list of stockists. I haven't spotted this brand for sale in any major supermarket.
I eventually tracked this down in the discount store, Heron Foods, which specialises in mainly frozen food. There I found the 500ml bottles selling for just 30p each, with a decent best before date of April 2016.
I would certainly repurchase at this price and would recommend to others but suspect that the lack of ready availability might prove offputting to potential purchasers.
Ben Shaw drinks have been around for over 140 years, and is one of the U.Ks oldest providers of soft drinks. It was Ben Shaw who brought the distinctive taste of Dandelion and Burdock to the U.K, among other big brand names we can see on the shelves today.
The company was founded in 1871 by Ben Shaw- five years before Coca Cola and Dr.Pepper, and had already established four flavors before the giants of Pepsi came around in 1898 which were Dandelion and Burdock, Cloudy Lemonade, Cream Soda and Bitter Shandy. It is a very old company that used to deliver their delicious beverages by horse and cart. It was actually Ben Shaw himself who used the families shire horses to deliver the drinks, which were called Bonny, Blossom, Cherry and Dick, which I think is a brilliant fact!
Cloudy lemonade was among the earliest drinks produced by Ben Shaw, and to this day is still enjoyed by many people around the world. The cloudy lemonade drink is my personnel favorite, with its distinctive flavor. Cloudy lemonade is made with real lemons which gives it its bitterness, but unlike some of the other versions of the drink is not too bitter that it gives you the scrunched face look! It is a very nice drink especially served ice cold. I love all of the drinks by Ben Shaw, and i am very interested in the history of this company, that started out very small and has become a big name in the drinks industry today. The drink is available in 330ml cans, 500ml bottles and two liter bottles too.
The drink is inexpensive if bought from the right places. The average price for each size bottle is shown below:
330ml can: £0.75
500ml bottle: £1.00
2 liter bottle: £1.80
Although the price of the drinks does change from shop to shop, i find this is a good guide price. I love this drink along with the other flavors provided by the company and think many who haven't tried it should give it a go, it is a refreshing different taste that has been around a very long time!
I do like to indulge in the odd drink of fizzy pop and I also like a bargain. So when shopping a few days ago in discount store B&M I spotted 500ml bottles of Ben Shaw's Cloudy Lemonade for just 31p each I thought it was certainly worth a try.
I had not heard of the bran Ben Shaw's before but it states on the bottle that it was established way back in 1871 and still uses traditional recipes.
The cloudy lemonade is packaged in a clear plastic bottle with a rather old fashioned looking label that has black and white images on the front. On the back of the label you can find detailed product information including ingredients listings, nutritional information and storage instructions.
I will say that I do normally choose to drink sugar free fizzy drinks to cut down on the calorific content so I was a little naughty when I choose this cloudy lemonade as a huge 250 calories per 500ml bottle. This is certainly not a drink to admit to drinking to your dentist!
It states on the bottle that this lemonade is best served cold and this is how I drank my bottle to allow it to be more refreshing as I drank it on quite a warm day. The lemonade itself is as it states cloudy in appearance has a nice lemon fragrance. Although this drink is very high in sugar it does have a nice tangy lemon taste and is not too sweet at all. I actually found this drink to be very refreshing indeed with it quenching my thirst perfectly.
Overall I did really enjoy this cloudy lemonade and it did taste like a traditional lemonade should being tart and tangy. But the high sugar content will ensure that this drink is an occasional treat for me but certainly one I will indulge in from time to time.