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These Britvic 55 drinks come in three different flavours which are orange, apple and apple/raspberry/cranberry. They are all sparkling juice drinks sold in 275ml glass bottles. The orange flavour is similar to tango/orangina and the apple is similar to Appletiser. My favourite flavour, however, is the most unique one which is the apple, raspberry and cranberry flavour. It is fruity and refreshing without tasting too sugary or fake (like coke for example) and is a nice, inviting red colour.
These drinks can either be purchased individually in various pubs and bars or as a pack of four in the supermarket. However, in my experience, they seem to be less common than the non-sparkling J2O drinks so there may only be one flavour one sale and not a choice of all three. This applies for both pubs and bars and also the supermarkets. The apple, raspberry and cranberry flavour seems to be least common which is a shame as this is the best flavour.
A version sold in plastic bottles with a screw top, as has recently been introduced for J2Os, would be a good idea as it would be nice to drink at lunchtime as part as a packed lunch but the current glass bottles and need for a bottle opener are not particularly convenient. They are around £3.50 for a pack of 4 in a supermarket so are more expensive than a 2L bottle of pop but they do taste much better than standard fizz so I think it is worthwhile.
Britvic 55 is a drink I often choose in the pub as I'm usually driving. I prefer the orange flavour but it also comes in apple and more recently, the combined flavours of apple, raspberry and cranberry.
What's it like?
The orange Britvic 55 has a light fizz to it, not enough to produce a burp like coke but one that gently fizzles on your tongue. I believe it's essentially fruit juice mixed with lemonade as pubs that don't stock it have offered to 'make me one' on occasion from these bare ingredients!
A four pack of 375ml bottles costs around £3.50 in the supermarket, but individually I usually pay between £1.50 and £2 in the pub.
What's in it? (per 100 ml)
Carbohydrate: 11.3g (all sugars)
Why I like this drink
I choose this drink as it's refreshing and light, lovely when chilled and drunk through ice and feels like I'm having something that's good for me (from a vitamin c point of view). It's not concentrated like fresh orange so you can drink a few back to back without fear of piling on too many calories. I am always put off the neighbouring drink J20 when a friend told me they were 2 points on weight watchers. What a waste of points!! Sadly I think a 55 will be similar points wise considering the calorie count per 100ml.
It's a bit like...
If you've ever tried Orangina you'll probably find that a Britvic 55 is similar. You shake the bottle before drinking to make sure the orange is mixed properly otherwise you might find a bit of sediment at the bottom and no one likes that do they?!
I still like to drink diet coke when out as it's zero calories, but sometimes you can get coke fatigue. I like to mix it up a bit and when in the mood for orange, it's a 55 for me every time!
I think I will try the other flavours in the 55 range to see if they are better than the orange. If you've never tried a Britvic 55 I recommend you try one next time you're out and on the wagon. Or driving. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
I had this the other day at a friends house and it was the first time that I'd tried one, although I had seen them in pubs many times before, they seem like a quite popular alternative to alcoholic drinks.
It was in the same sort of bottle which you would get Smirnoff ice, J2o etc. A thick clear glass bottle which gets thinner at the top, and you have to use a bottle opener to get the top off. To be honest it doesn't really look anything special.
The actual drink is an orange colour as that is the flavour it is! It is called Britvic 55 because the drink is 55% pure orange juice, then the rest is sparkling water which makes it slightly fizzy. This means that it is better for you because less orange juice means less sugar yet you still get the nice orange juice taste. I really like this drink, and found it really refreshing, probably because of the water in it.
You can get them in pubs and bars quite a lot, and you can also buy them from supermarkets and off licences. I think in supermarkets they are about £3 for a pack of 4, the going rate in pubs seems to be about £1.50 for a bottle.
Whenever I go out to a pub or a restaurant and I don't drink alcohol (cider, yum!) then I drink my favourite orange 'Britvic 55' because I love the bubbles and the taste of pure orange flavour :)
Sold in a tall glass bottle my last one cost £1.60 so that's not bad is someone is on soft drinks is it?
Nice and healthy and natural, with 55% fruit juice (hence the name|) in it, this fizzy pop has sugar and orange juice from concentrate of 1% too.
There are also flavourings and preservatives so not as healthy once you read the label as it looks on the green and orange coloured labelled bottle...
The calories are 135 and the sugars are 30g so quite high but I still think it's better for me than a lot of carbonated drinks.
Each portion is 275ml so there is quite a decent amount per bottle too.
The taste is lovely and refreshing although there isn't much pulp which I am glad about as I don't like bits in my fruit juices.
You can taste the orange citrus and it is very smooth and medium thick in texture and is really thirst quenching over ice as well.
I asked for this bottle so I could review it, lol, and the use by date is July next year so lasts a good while like a lot of bottled products.
Made by Britvic soft drinks limited I think this is worth four stars as it is a really nice flavoured pop and tasty mixed with lemonade to dilute it a bit, but also high in sugar as it is 34% of an adult's daily glucose intake.
This is such a nice drink! My mum recommended it to me when her golf club had it in as a trial offer. I had tried the orange one before and loved it! But this one is even better
It is a blended, slightly sparkling juice containing cranberry, apple and raspberry.
They are on special offer in Tesco at the minute...2 packs for a fiver
A pack contains 4 x 275 ml bottles and is usually priced at £3.28 which is quite reasonable considering how good it tastes!
The special offer is only available until 4th March '08 so you need to hurry!
It has a really delicate flavour and isn't too sweet which is refreshing! The cranberries must counteract the sweetness of the apple and raspberry.
The glass bottle is quite slim-line and looks appealing
Unfortunately bars and restaurants have been quite slow to stock this and they don't seem to be aware of its existence!
Britvic 55 was first launched in 1978 in pubs and bars. Over a quarter of a century later it is one of the few soft drinks to be asked for by name at the bar and is now also available from supermarkets so you can enjoy it at home. Britvic 55 combines 55% fruit juice with sparking water and is available in three flavours: Apple, Raspberry & Cranberry, Orange, Apple.