“ 1 litre bottle. Robinsons Lemon No Added Sugar Drink concentrate. Dilute with water. „
Robinson's Lemon Squash (No Added Sugar) is a squash that I very often have in my fridge because it's really great when I'm watching my weight (which is most of the time it seems!!) because I can drink pretty much as much as I like without any negative consequences. A 1L costs just £1.25 from Tesco - or alternatively you can buy two bottles for just £2.00 - which I think it pretty fantastic value. It states that there are 20 servings within the bottle - which means that you need to use 50mls per drink (made to a concentration of 1 part juice and 4 parts water) but I have to say that I find that this makes a too concentrated drink and I just like to put about 20mls of the juice in water - and so I actually get 50 servings per bottle - or about 2p per glass. I really cannot complain about the price.
The drink is deliciously lemony and it doesn't taste synthetic. It is fairly sweet in the way that some sweetener products are, but it does have a balancing sharpness to it which makes the sweetness quite pleasant and not overpowering. I do find it's quite a strong taste but if it's diluted a little bit more than you're recommended to, it makes it much more palatable. I do actually like it if it is mixed with a little bit of orange squash as well and as this just compliments it perfectly. It is also one of those drinks that just has to be served iced cold, preferably with iced cubes and even a slice of fruit - which just makes it a little more exotic.
Now I am trying to drink more water in the day, but when I get home I am thoroughly bored by water, yes I know it hydrates me, yes I know I need it, but does it have to be so blah?! So when I get home in order to get hydrated I tend to drink a lot more squash! Then it tastes good and still gives me the water I need!
**The look, where to find them hiding and the price**
You can buy this squash in 1 litre or 2 litre bottles, though to be honest I haven't seen the 2 litre bottle around for a while, so I tend to stock up on the 1 litre bottles when they are on offer!
I tend to buy this when it is on offer in the supermarkets, and it is available in most major supermarkets as well as smaller independent shops. Obviously it tends to work out cheaper in the supermarkets as they often have offers on. Currently in Asda it is 4 bottles of Robinsons for £4, working out a £1 a bottle, bargainous!
The squash comes in a clear, recyclable bottle with the Robinsons logo on the label with a picture of fresh lemons. Through the bottle you can see the squash clearly and it is the colour of lemon juice, rather than of lemon rind. I find sometimes looking at this my mouth waters with the idea of the bitterness that I associate with lemons, though I may just be a little bit strange!
**Why Robinson's No added sugar?**
I generally am a very thirsty person, I tend to forget to drink then gulp down 3 or 4 glasses in a go, I ALWAYS pick up the no added sugar bottles because my dentist charges hefty prices to fill my teeth!
I find a subtle difference between the no added sugar version and the normal version. I personally prefer the no added sugar version, I find it doesn't leave that horrible coating on your teeth where you feel you need to scrap your mouth out!
To make the squash, well this depends on your personal taste! I tend to make my squash rather strong so I use 1 part squash to about 4 parts water, my other half he tends to have 1 part squash to 5/6 parts water. Obviously if you make it too strong for your personal preference you can just add some more water, if you make it too weak stick in dash more squash and swirl about with a mixing implement....I use the handle of a spoon!
I find the squash very refreshing to drink and not at all bitter, a subtle taste of lemons come through. I find this similar to the old school cloudy lemonade (though not fizzy!) and for a treat I do quite often mix it with lemonade for a bit of a treat!
Best served cold, over lots of ice! A fantastic refreshing summers day drink that won't leave you sour faced!
Wow it is very hot this afternoon, so in an attempt to stay off the beer at this early hour, I have just had a nice refreshing galss of Robinsons lemon cordial, after the turmoil of cutting the back garden (for the first time in over 6 weeks!)
I only tend to buy the sugar free variety of all Robinsons cordial drinks these days, after discovering that the taste is pretty much identical, and that the sugar free drink obviously contains less sugar, and with that comes less calories!
** Taste **
From the name 'Lemon', it is assumed that this drink will taste quite 'lemony', and it certainly does.
This drink contains 10% lemon juice from concentrate, and this lemon flavour really comes through as you taste the drink, even if it is 'over diluted'! It does taste very good indeed, but it is quite sweet, but at the same time it is delicious, especially when served with ice in a nice long glass on a hot summers day. It is a very light green in colour, not a yellow colour that you would expect from a lemon fruit peel, but more like the colour of the juice that comes from the lemon itself.
** Servings, cost etc. **
The regular 1 litre bottles are stated as having 20 servings per bottle, this is once it has been mixed on a 1 part concentrate : 4 parts water ratio. Having read this statistic Im fairly sure that I get a lot more than 20 servings out of a 1 litre bottle, so maybe I tend to do it on something like a 1:6 ratio, but I will have to count the servings some time.
A 1 litre bottle currently costs around £1:20 at most shops, supermarkets and convenience stores, and these are very often on offer as a multibuy for 2 bottles for £1:50, giving you approximately 40 drinks for £1:50, that is very good value if you ask me! I personally picked up my 1 litre bottle from Tesco earlier this week, on offer at £1.
Robinsons also comes in 2 litre bottles, which generally works out at even better value, but these bigger bottles are quite heavy to carry around the shop, and can be quite difficult to pour into a glass, due to the bulky weight of the bottle, especially when it is full.
Other flavours include orange, apple and blackcurrant, orange and pineapple, blackcurrent, and summer fruits, all of which are very refreshing, and fruity tasting.
When thinking about the Robinsons brand, it always reminds me of the tennis from the adverts some years ago. It is a very reputable, 'British' brand, which oozes grate taste and quality.
Established in 1823 and 'by appointment to H M Queen Elizabeth II', it is a brand that can be trusted to give good quality refreshment to adults, and children, and at the same time the sugar free variety adds to a healthy diet. As you would expect this drink contains no artificial colours or flavourings.
Nutrional info for a 250 ml serving of Robinsons Lemon cordial are as follows:
0.5 grams of fibre
0.2 grams of protein
0.3 grams of carbohydrate
This refreshing lemon drink is free from Artificial flavours and colours, and is suitable for vegetarians. Due to the fact that it is sugar free though, it does contain artificial sweeteners - namely Aspartame, so this may not be suitable for everyone.
** Overall Opinion **
It is a great refreshing drink to be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet, during any time of the day, and thoughout any season, although is especially nice on a hot summers day (like today).
I also love Robinsons lemon added to lemonade instead of water (same dilution rates), as it gives a nice traditional lemonde drink.
In the winter it is excellent when served with hot water from the kettle, ( I also like to add a spoonfull of honey for even more flavour) and it really warms up the body, and the citrus taste helps to sweat out a cold.
Each bottle tends to come with a shelf life of at least 12 months, and producing 20 servings for about 1 pound, I think this is an extremely good value drink to keep in the cupboards at all times.
Thanks for reading.
© l500589 2011
Lately I have begun to drink a lot of squash and one of my favourite brands is Robinsons.
I remember we always used to have this in the house at home and I note from my bottle of Robinsons Lemon Squash that Robinsons have been around since 1823.
Why do I like Robinsons squash? Unlike so many cheaper or own-brand products, this squash actually has a decent taste - more of a fruity flavour and less of that awful chemical taste that you often get with cheaper products. In many cases, it's cheaper because it's just more dilute when you buy it. I think we all know that.
Yes, it's probably bad for you, but it's a cheaper way to rot your teeth than most fizzy pops. Each 100ml of concentrate contains only 10 calories so if you get the claimed 20 servings per I litre bottle, I make that 5 calories for serving - although according to my maths they are working on a serving being only 250ml, barely a gobful for me.
It suggests 1 part concentrate to 4 parts water so a 1 litre bottle will make 5 litres of diluted product - not bad.
So, even if your teeth rot away, you shouldn't get fat on it. (You can always brush your teeth afterwards - this will help)
It uses juice from concentrate and is suitable for vegetarians. It contains artificial sweetener but there is no added sugar.
There are no artificial colours or flavours in Robinsons Lemon Squash. In the last few months, it has been cropping up all over the place on special offer and it's the kind of product it's worth stocking up on when it's cheap - as low as 50p per bottle - equivalent to 2.5p per serving.
We get through mammoth amounts of squash in my household. We are constantly drinking and it's a mix of squash and juice, although juice is better for us as we can pass it off as one of our five a day it is also more expensive, so squash has to be a staple. I like to have lots of flavours in the house so we don't get bored and have some variety, and at the moment Robinsons lemon squash is one of my favorites.
The squash comes in one size which is a litre and is £1.40 from Tesco. It is often on special offer, last time I bought it, it was two for £2.20. The squash is no added sugar, which is a must for me, we get through so much I really don't want anyone's teeth to start falling out when we guzzle so much of the stuff.
The squash comes in a plastic bottle with a blue screw top lid. The lid, once the seal is broken, screws back up tightly, which is good, so there can be no nasty spillages.
The squash inside is white and cloudy. I add about a finger and a halves depth to a large glass and then fill the rest of the glass up with cold water. I find that I need to use less lemon squash than I do the other brands of squash.
The squash is not bitter like you might expect. It is a really nice subtle flavour. It is not too citrusy or sharp, just a nice regular drink. To be honest I don't think it resembles how I think of a lemon taste, but I really like it. Normally I substitute my named brands for Tesco own brands, but I am not as keen on the own brand version of this in comparison. The Tesco version has a slightly sharper taste and a murky layer gets left on the top of the glass which can be off putting.
In conclusion I will be buying this again and sticking to this brand!
I always make sure that I have a bottle of cordial on my desk in work, otherwise I end up spending a small fortune on soft drinks. Last week I ran out of my usual Tesco Value squash, so I went to Sainsbury's and picked up a bottle of Robinsons, no added sugar, lemon cordial.
It was £1.10 for a one litre bottle, I usually buy Tesco's Value cordial and this was expensive in comparison, but Robinsons is a well know brand and you get twenty servings per bottle, so I wasn't too bothered about paying the extra.
On the back of the bottle I noticed that it said the juice contained no artificial colours and no artificial flavours. It also said that although it contains artificial sweeteners, there's no added sugar, the juice comes from concentrate and that it is suitable for vegetarians... so far so good...
When I opened the bottle, a strong lemony smell hit me. It didn't smell fresh, more like a tangy factory-made lemon scent.
I mixed some cordial with water, in the usual way, but when I first tasted it it seemed a bit weak, so I added more juice than I usually would.
When I tasted this I was very disappointed. I didn't find it at all enjoyable, the lemon was very bitter and it left me with a nasty artificial aftertaste. It was anything but thirst quenching and I certainly won't be buying it again. In future I will be sticking to my Tesco's Value lemon cordial.
I never thought I'd like this lemon squash even though I love Robinsons drinks but my mum brought a bottle yesterday so I tried it just to see what it was like.
It's yummy, loads smoother than I thought it would be and it wasn't harsh at all even though this was the no added sugar version. It's quite a sweet lemon flavour but it's also slightly tangy while you drink, it tastes more like sherbert lemons to be than actual fresh lemons but that's great as far as I'm concerned!
It's a mega refreshing drink even though I made mine up stronger than it recommended on the bottle. I've had a few glasses now and the very best way to drink it is made up with ice cold water with a few ice cubes, this lemon squash makes wicked ice cubes too and will make your glass of squash extra tangy.
I think it's a lovely drink and I wish I'd found it in the summer because I reckon it would have been loads more refreshing than the Summer Fruits one I normally buy. Robinsons are on special offer in Morrisons at the minute and are only 50p for a 1 litre bottle so if you're like me and never thought you'd like lemon pop now's a good time to give it a try.
I came very late to the world of squash, having usually preferred to drink just plain water while stuffing my face with loads of food. However, having faced a few months ago the fact that I should either diet or buy a whole new wardrobe, I have stopped the "stuffing my face" bit for the moment. And without that, drinking plain water just seems too boring.
I noticed that while there are very few foods out there that taste all that good as snacks but have very few calories, there are many beverages available that fit that description. Since making that sudden realisation that I know must seem absolutely, blindinly obvious to everyone else, I have been slowly working my way through the different flavours of Robinson's sugar-free squash. This week, I'm on the Lemon flavour.
Robinsons No Added Sugar squash comes in a clear plastic bottle that holds one liter of the murky, pale yellowish squash concentrate. Each bottle contains about 20 servings and you are meant to dilute 1 part concentrate to 4 parts water, although I like mind a bit stronger. However, if you are giving this product to toddlers you are told in the instructions that it is important to add extra water.
The flavour of this squash is very good. It definitely tastes like lemons which is good because lemon is one of my favourite flavours. It is sharp and sour and tangy without being too bitter. There is also enough sweetness to this drink that the lemons don't make my mouth pucker, but at the same time it is far from sickly sweet. For me the amount of sweetener is exactly right but I can imagine that many people would find this too sour. I just happen to really like sour flavours.
This product contains no artificial colours or flavours and is suitable for vegetarians. It contains 10% lemon juice from concentrate which is good but it does also contain quite dodgy sweeteners - saccarin and aspartame. I remember a number of years ago saccarin was controversial because it was found to cause cancer in laboratory rats. However, it hasn't been banned from our foods and my personal philosophy is that these things are ok in moderation.
Each serving of squash contains only 5 calories. I have seen this squash priced at 99p to £1.19 and as you get 20 servings for this price I find this to be an excellent bargain.
Robinsons produce a variety of fruit squash drinks, which are great as they are good value for money and add some flavourable taste to water. The lemon one is not one of my favourite but I imagine it's great for those who like lemon. It has too much of a bitter taste for me and gets extremely repetitively boring and sickening even. I'd rather have some of their other flavours.
You can buy a 1 litre bottle for £1.02 at supermarkets including Tesco, Asda and Sainsburys as well as smaller supermarkets. The bottle is transparent and you can see through to the murky white/cloudy liquid inside, which honestly doesn't look very appetizing.
The bottle has a large blue cap, which easily unscrews. You should add around 1 part of this squash to 3-5 parts water depending on how strong you like it. It shouldn't be had too strong and the recommended ratio is 1:4. I tend to have it in this ratio or it's too strong and the squash doesn't last as long either.
It's best to have it with cold water and maybe an ice cube or it's not as nice. It's very thirst quenching considering the ingredients are basically water. The flavour is very realistic of lemon but it's much too strong for my liking. It's somewhat bitter too, which leaves a nasty taste in your mouth. It's very boring and repetitive and too strong so I never like to have it over and over again and I don't buy it anymore. It's good value and good to flavour water, but it's not the right flavour for me.
Thanks for reading,
For years my fruit squash of choice has been Robinsons No Added Sugar. This squash always tastes pleasantly fruity, even when diluted with a lot of water. Having drunk no sugar variants of most drinks for as long as I can remember I find the normal versions now taste too sweet to my mind, as well as being a little worse for my body.
There are a wide range of Robinsons squashes available but my current favourite, especially in this hot weather, is the lemon variety. Containing no artificial colours or flavours it tastes very pleasantly of lemon, but does not have that slightly throat drying effect that some squashes have. It does taste a touch sweeter than the actual fruit which will be due to the added sacharrin and aspartame, I believe that this sweetener is necessary as a sour squash would not be at all pleasant. The squash is makes a very refreshing, summery drink when diluted with either still or sparkling water.
As a sugar free drink this contain a negligible about of calories per serving, there are less than 10 calories per 100ml of undiluted squash so you can drink as much of this as you want without feeling guilty. The bottle advises a serving is one part concentrate to four parts water, I have more water than this but it is a matter of taste.
Robinsons is more expensive than own brand squashes retailing at around the £1.10 mark in all supermarkets, however there are very often offers on which reduce this price.
One of my favourite soft drinks at the moment is Robinsons No Added Sugar Lemon squash, mainly because it is a tasty and refreshing drink but also it has the huge advantage of containing zero Weight Watchers points so I can quench my thirst without blowing my diet.
I like the richness of this drink, I usually find squash in general to be too wishy washy in flavouring and even though Robinsons is the brand I buy for my granddaughters' I still find the flavours to be very weak.
This Lemon version though has a tangy and refreshing lemon flavour which never fails to make my mouth water when I open the bottle. I find I don't need to use as much of the concentrate to make a flavoursome drink as it has such a lovely strong taste and mixing it with low calorie lemonade makes it even more rounded and delicious.
I also like to make ice cubes with this squash, how you do it is really down to how strongly flavoured you want your ice. I have used pure squash in the past and they went down very well, but more likely I will use half and half squash and water as this gives a very nicely flavoured ice cube but the taste won't overpower your drink.
Although this doesn't contain any Weight Watchers points, there are still a few calories in the drinks. Although the lack of sugar makes these negligible, I don't have a bottle to hand at the moment but if you're counting calories then do check the nutritional information although I'm sure it's low enough for anyone to fit a couple of glasses of this lovely drink in each day.
I'm not really a huge fan of fruit squashes, as I find them too sweet and false tasting - a bit like drinking watered down sweets, no thank you! However coming into the warmer months, I often find myself wanting a cold drink with a bit more to it than water, and although I'd like to be the kind of person who always have fresh juice in the fridge, finances prevent this! My answer is lemon squash, as t tastes refreshingly just like flat lemonade and isn't too sweet or cloying. I usually drink Somerfield's own brand, but when I couldn't get some this time I plumped for the Robinson's drink, as I remember enjoying their squashes as a child.
First things first, the bottle is large and easy to grip to pour. Its see through so you can see the cloudy yellow concentrate, and read the nutritional values on the back. I have to say, I didn't really read the label before buying, and now wish I'd got the normal sugar version as I'm not a fan of artificial sweeteners, which this low sugar version has in it.
Despite that, the taste of the drink is very nice. You don't need very much at all to dilute it to a good flavour, and the taste is lovely and refreshing. It's a good true lemon - tart, but not sour as if you wear actually drinking lemon juice. The drink leaves a fresh aftertaste in your mouth with no sugary cloying feel at all. Don't make it too strong, though, or you'll get a horrible sensation in the back of your throat like burning!
Overall, I enjoy drinking this concentrate, and find that it last such a long time from one bottle. It encourages me to drink more water, although next time I'll pick the full sugar version or go back to my usual squash, as my personal preference is to try and avoid artificial sweeteners - better to have some natural sugar in moderation, I say!
I guess you do not need to be told that most people do not drink enough water, I know I certainly don't most of the time.
I have felt quite guilty recently, after watching a TV programme, about buying too much bottled water; plastic in landfills, tap water is okay, and all the rest of it. So I have been actively trying to drink more tap water, though try as I might I cannot make myself like it, it just does not taste or feel the same as drinking fromn a cold bottle of bottled water. I have even tried putting tap water in a plastic bottle in the fridge.
So, I decided to try squash, I've tried no sugar Ribena, foul. ASDA own brand no sugar orange, even worse than foul, then came across good old Robbo's Lemon (no added sugar).
No added sugar can sometimes mean there is heaps in already, not this; 0.3gm per 100ml. Excellent.
Basically to use, pour one part concentrate for every four parts of water.....too strong and it burns, too weak and it is a bit insipid.
Familiar Robinsons bottle, plastic, blue cap, nothing fancy. Nutritional values on the back which I will not bore you with suffice to say there some Aspartame, which I know some folk have got into a bit of a tizz about, not me.
The colour of the concentrate is a familiar cloudy yellow, just like you might remember Robbo's as a kid.
Strong, lemony with an almost bitter citric fragrance, bit like Jif lemon, it smells somehow refreshing.
Really nice and refreshing, especially cold. It tastes like what it is, lemon concentrate diluted with water. It 'hits' with a lemon tang and kind of makes you want to drink it all in one go, which I generally do, then leaves a nice refreshing after taste. My only word of caution is that if you drink more than a couple of glasses in quick succession there is a bit of a citric burn on the tongue.
Leave a jug of this in the fridge and pour as needed, couple of ice cubes, easy.
Not only is this nice, I am drinking much more water now, and saving heaps on bottled water.
No sugar, lot's of water, refreshing, cheap (less than £1), suitable for veggies, a whole, whopping 5 calories per serving, made in UK and about 20 servings per bottle. You pay water rates, drink the water!!