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I love lilt! If you have read my other soft drink reviews you will know I love strong flavours and hate fruit blend drinks- Lilt is a fruit blend but each ingredient explodes onto the palette, very strong flavours and a surprisingly complex drink for something you buy in a can from Spar!
'Totally tropical taste' is their slogan, and their branding helps paint a picture of palm trees and laying in the sun. People might get the wrong impression that it's a summer only drink, but I think their branding means to transport you to a tropical beach scenne no matter where you are when you drink the juice, so open up a can at work, lie back and dream you're in the caribean- it really is a convincing illusion.
Grapefruit is the dominant flavour, and it is a real eye popping bitter taste- very refreshing and the sharpness definitely helps with the thirst quenching, pineapple is the other strong taste.
It is a not a drink for everyone, if you have a problem tolerating bitter tastes you will probably wince your way though a can of this. Interestingly the bigger the bottle the less intense the taste, so go for a can if you want the strongest hit of grapefruit, or seek the 2l bottle for the lightest.
There is a diet version too but i've yet to try it.
The fruit tastes are not at all artificial, although as grapefruit and pineapple is not something people drink on a regular basis they might find they have nothing to compare it against.
It is harder to find than some more popular soft drinks, but it's worth searching for, delicious and refreshing and a different taste to the usual coca cola/orange pop/lemonade, recommended.
Totally tropical taste
Its not something I have all the time but now and again I indulge my fizzy drink craving and have a Lilt. I usually prefer a cola based fizzy drink such as diet coke or cherry coke but every so often I like a lighter fruit based fizzy and Lilt is one of my favourites.
Lilt is a pineapple and grapefruit carbonated drink and really has a totally tropical taste. That was the advertising slogan years ago, describing Lilt as a drink from the tropics and I still to this day remember the advertising so obviously this was a good choice. Pineapple and grapefruit are definitely very tropical fruits and they have a lovely crisp taste to them. I think the combination is a really good one and although you cannot taste one more than the other they are both really fruity and light. I find its best to drink this drink ice cold as that gives it its lovely crisp taste and its way more refreshing than a heavier soft drink like a coke.
Lilt either comes in a can or a bottle but for some reason I prefer it in a can, I think its tastier that way. I find Lilt very carbonated, very fizzy and it often makes me burp if I drink it too fast. The cans are really easy to spot as they are a white colour with a big picture of half a pineapple on it and then some grapefruit too. A 300ml can contains 65 calories which is more than a diet coke obviously but I don't think 65 calories is too bad. They are some sugars and sweeteners in it too but I don't find it too sweet or sickly.
According to an article I read, Lilt is, "manufactured by The Coca Cola Company and sold in the Seychelles, United Kingdom, Gibraltar and Republic of Ireland only. During the 1980s, Lilt was promoted with the advertising slogan, "the totally tropical taste." In the late 1990s it was heavily promoted with advertisements featuring two Jamaican women, Blanche Williams and Hazel Palmer. They became known in the media as the "Lilt Ladies"."
Lilt, a nice change and totally tropical!
Although I try and drink as much water as possible I do get occasional cravings for fizzy drinks and not being a huge fan of cola I tend to opt for fruity ones. One of my favourite fizzy drinks is Lilt as it is sweet and fruity but nice and refreshing especially if served ice cold on a hot day. During a recent craving for a fizzy drink I popped into to a local independent shop near where I work which had a great selection of cans of fizzy drinks with one being Lilt which I really like so could not resist purchasing a can even though it was the full sugar version.
I paid just £0.49 for a 330ml can which I thought was fairly good value. You can also purchase Lilt in individual and sharing size bottles from most larger supermarkets.
Lilt is produced by the coca cola company and is a pineapple and grapefruit flavoured sparkling fruit drink with added sugar and sweeteners. It has always been advertised with the slogan 'totally tropical taste' and you will find this printed on the packaging.
Although this is the full sugar version I was surprised to see how low in calories it was, in fact it is more than half of the same size can of coca cola. A 330ml can currently contains the following information:
Calories - 65
Sugar - 15.3g
Fat - 0.0g
The drink is a cloudy colour, I opted to drink mine straight from the can but it can also be poured into a glass and tastes especially good if served over ice. There is not a huge amount of fruit contained within the drink, in fact just 5% in total from concentrate. But it still has a lovely refreshing, fruity flavour with the pineapple and the grapefruit working brilliantly together. It is also nicely sparkling without being too gassy and does not leave you feeling bloated which is something that I hate from fizzy drinks. Lilt can also be used as a mixer for alcoholic drinks like vodka, Bacardi or Malibu to make a refreshing long drink on a summers evening.
Overall Lilt is one of my favourite fizzy drinks which I enjoy as a nice treat every so often.
I was went to the shop to get some milk and when in the shop I had a sudden urge for a nice fizzy drink. Standing in front of the refrigerator for a good 2 minutes internally debating what to buy, I eventually settled on a 330ml can of lilt which costs 55p.
The description on the can is that Lilt is a tropical tasting drink with pineapple and grapefruit flavours. I personally (and weirdly!) don't really like the taste of grapefruit, not the fruit nor the juice however I do like it when combined with pineapple as in this flavour drink! The combination of pineapple and grapefruit compliment each other to create a beverage which is not too sweet, yet also with a zesty, strong and tangy flavour which is quite refreshing. Upon opening the can, to be honest the main scent I smell in this drink is grapefruit which reminds me of a grapefruit based drink called Ting which I have had but really don't like! However taste wise, lilt is really unique and packed full of flavour.
The only reason I don't have lilt too often is that it is quite gassy and makes me burp quite a lot! It is a carbonated drink, which I find if I pour it into a glass it overly fizzes up and so this can't be too good for my health! One can alone has 63 calories (I don't really calorie count so no idea what this actually means!) but my sister also seems reluctant to drink this often as it is not really the healthiest!
Nevertheless lilt is a beverage best served cold, which I really enjoy from time to time. With some crushed ice on a hot day it really does remind me of drinking a nice tropical exotic drink and is very refreshing and thirst quenching!
I enjoy a nice cold glass of fizzy pop, along with the little lad. Sadly, my other half is not a great drinker of fizzy drinks and she moans constantly about how many bottles I get through and how much it costs. I do enjoy a nice cold glass of pop, straight out of the fridge, maybe with a few ice cubes, and I tend to reach for a glass even before I have my first cup of tea once I get home after work at night. I've always done this.
One of my favourite soft drinks is Lilt, or "Lift" as our little lad insists on calling it. I drink the smaller bottles (50ml), which usually cost me about £1.20 from the canteen at work, or alternatively, we also buy the large 2 litre sized bottles from the supermarket on a weekend, when we do our weekly shop.
Lift isn't a healthy drink, by anyone's standards, but you cannot deny it has a great taste. It contains both saccharine and sugar but it has a fantastic taste of pineapples and it is so refreshing - I love it. It is incredibly fizzy and another thing I really like about this drink is that it seems to retain its fizz in the bottle for a long time after it has been opened.
Our little lad will occasionally help himself to a drink of this and he invariably forgets to put the top on tight enough. I'm pleased to report though that even though he fails to tighten it sufficiently, the fizz to the pop stays where it is and doesn't escape out of the bottle easily. Likewise, when I add a lot of ice to my Lilt, I always find that it rarely goes flat easily and will still remain fizzy right down to the last drop!
The taste of pineapples to this drink is fresh and natural and not at all artificial. It is very thirst quenching and never leaves a nasty residue or aftertaste in my mouth when I have drink it. It is very enjoyable indeed.
My little lad loves it because out of all the fizzy drinks he enjoys, he says this one makes him burp the loudest! Well, that's a great recommendation in my book.
Overall, it's a fab drink, cheap and thirst quenching and tasty to boot.
Love it and highly recommend it.
As I am sat here, I am finishing off a 500ml bottle of Lilt.. so I thought I may aswel write a review for it.
I try not to drink too many fizzy drinks, I bought this one from a vending machine when I was out, as I was really thirsty and hadn't had it in a few months.
It was priced at £1.25 - but i'm sure you will find it cheaper at other places. Buying a bigger bottle will most likely work out better value in terms of money than a 500ml bottle.
Lilt is a pineapple and grapefruit flavoured fizzy drink. It has quite a tangy taste and the flavour still lingers on after you have drank it. However, like all other fizzy drinks - it isn't the healthiest drink.. and it isn't great for your teeth. It contains sugar and sweeteners so I wouldn't have it too often.
But I won't knock a star off for that.. as let's face it.. all fizzy drinks are the same in this aspect.
I'd give the drink 5 stars due to the nice flavour and that it also quenched my thirst.. something I know coca cola and other fizzy drinks itself doesn't really do.
I tend to only drink Lilt every few months.. and it isn't my daily choice of fizzy drink nor the most popular. But in terms of flavour and once you are having it.. I can't complain.. and neither would your tastebuds.
Lilt is best drank chilled and whilst it is still fizzy.
I have a bittersweet relationship with fizzy drinks; I love them for their tangy bubbly taste yet, at the same time, I hate them because they tend to give me stomach-ache. Therefore, I can only drink fizzy drinks with a meal to reduce the pain it brings. Nevertheless, I can't seem to be able to say away from Lilt. The first time I've tried Lilt was on my friend's recommendation (and the fact that she kept drinking Lilt every time I saw her). From then on, I was hooked.
Lilt comes in bottles and cans and their appearance aims to attract consumers by providing an image of tropical freshness. The 500 ml plastic bottles, that I usually buy, are green and have a plastic wrap of the Lilt logo with a backdrop of pineapples. They also come in 330 ml cans and 2 litres plastic bottles for families. They are not very expensive; the normal 500 ml bottles are usually sold around £0.90-1.20 depending on where you buy them from. I also like to buy 2 litres bottles whenever they're on 2 for 1 offer and stock them at home (it's more economical that way).
As for the taste, it does have a tropical tangy freshness to it. Lilt is made from pineapple and grapefruit juices with a lot of sugars. The original version has 15.3 grams of sugar per 330 ml can, so that will certainly give anyone a sugar high. Nevertheless, as someone who can't stand the bitter taste of the grapefruit juice, I'd rather Lilt be sweet than bitter. Apparently, there is also the zero sugar version of Lilt available which only contains 1 gram of sugar per 330 ml can, but as I haven't tried it myself I cannot comment on the taste.
Lilt is best served chilled and this is the only true way to drink it; I have tried it without chilling it and the taste is miles away from what I had expected so I wouldn't recommend drinking it at room temperature. Personally, I love the tangy sweetness of Lilt with any meal especially if it's spicy. One thing I notice these days is not every store sells Lilt whereas you can find Coca-cola anywhere; a bit annoying actually, especially when I'm in a mood for Lilt and have to settle with Sprite (Sprite is good but it's not Lilt).
While it may not be a natural tropical taste, Lilt can certainly give you a swig of tropical freshness. Under a hot summer sun, it does wonders to quench my thirst. I would recommend anyone to give Lilt a try.
The Totally Tropical Taste.....
That little slogan that that Lilt had in their adverts way back is probably the first thing I think about whenever I have a Lilt and I though it today when I was deciding which bottle of pop to pick out of the chiller in my local shop.
A can of Lilt is now 75p which I find really expensive for a 330 ml amount of drink but it does fall in line with all the other canned drinks from branded companies and is no more expensive. Of course it does work out more costly when you buy a can as opposed to a plastic bottle but I personally find that the taste of a can is far better than that of Lilt from a bottle.
The drink is best served chilled (not child as I often thought when I was little) but I find chilled isn't good enough as it need to be as icy cold as it can be and drinking it straight from a can seems to make the drink even colder. The extreme fizziness is even more apparent in the can again when comparing it to drinking it from a bottle.
The drink itself is a carbonated soft drink which is not light in calories which means that it is really rather sweet and sugary but very tasty indeed. I find I can drink this sort of tropical drink when it is not a diet one but drinking a fat coke is not something I can do as it generally tastes a whole lot sweeter than this Lilt would do.
The tropical taste is a special blend of pineapple, mango, orange and other flavours that create the unique tangy and fresh taste that Lilt is known for. I love the taste and the amount of bubbles that are in the drink add to that taste as well in my opinion. I can't say that the drink tastes that nice when it has gone flat and is best drank quickly so that this doesn't happen.
The taste of the Lilt lingers in the mouth and leaves me feeling hydrated and refreshed. The zingy, tangy taste of the drink is really appealing and not something that does taste like anything else. I am also partial to it being a mixer for my vodka! Tasty!
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
I always assumed that Lilt was just a brand name but I looked up the definition online and it turns out that someone who lilts is a person who speaks in a lively and cheery style or a happy and rythmic tune can also be referred to as a lilt. After discovering the meanings of this word I came to the conclusion that it is a very suitable name for the drink in question as after all this is the soft drink marketed as having the tropical taste inspired by the Carribean.
I can always remember seeing cans of Lilt and Tizer in the chilled cabinet at my local fish and chip shop when I was a child and the taste always takes me back to that time. The flavour of the drink is a mixture of pineapple and grapefruit and it is extremely unique amongst other fizzy drinks on the market. The taste is very strong and fantastic but there is definitely something about it that leaves a bit of an aftertaste in your mouth, it is not unpleasant, it is just a feeling in your mouth that reminds you that you have consumed Lilt.
You can purchase the product in all the standard ways and you can pick up a can for around 65 pence. A can is filled with 330ml and within that you will find contained 65 calories which is not a disaster when compared with some carbonated drinks, similalry the 15.3 g of sugar you find is quite a bit of sugar but not as much as a can of Coca Cola for example. Like many sweet food and drink items this is lovely on hot summer days but quite probably best enjoyed as part of a balanced diet and in moderation.
Lilt is one of my favourite fizzy drinks and has been for a long time. I'm not a big fan of squash, and generally my every day drink is water, however it is nice to have something alternative available, so I do keep a cupboard full of a variety of drinks and lilt is quite often one of them.
Lilt is made by coca-cola, and can be bought in 500ml bottle, 2 litre bottle and 330ml cans. I normally buy the 2 litre bottle size, but sometimes go for the 500ml bottle if I want something to take on a long car journey.
Unlike many fizzy drinks, I find Lilt is quite thirst quenching, and I don't find much flavour difference between their regular or diet (zero) versions (again unlike some other fizzy drinks). I do still prefer to buy the diet version as the regular is quite high in sugar content (about 15g per 330ml can) and does leave my mouth feeling a little fury.
The flavour is a mixture of pineapple and grapefruit so it's a really fruity flavour but has a really good tang to it too, and although I prefer it served cold, if it is at room temperature it still doesn't taste bad. For me it's the sharpness of the grapefruit that makes it taste so good and full flavoured. I find some fruity drinks even when fizzy can be a bit insipid tasting, and leave me wondering where the flavour went. This is definitely a drink which you can taste, and I've always found it's a good one to have around if I have to take the taste of something else away too (like bad tasting tablets that got stuck - yuck!). I have to say that I think the fizz in Lilt is very important. I've left a glass sat there for too long after pouring it and had it go flat, and I really didn't enjoy the next mouthful much at all. The fizz keeps it refreshing in a way that it isn't when flat.
Price on this is comparable to Pepsi or Coca-cola generally at around £1.77 for a 2 litre bottle in the supermarkets. It's a bit more if you buy it at the corner store, but isn't that always the way.
Nutritionally this isn't brill. It's not something you want to be bringing the kids up drinking daily, or even drinking daily yourself I wouldn't think. However, as a treat to supplement other fresher, healthier drink options I think it certainly hits the spot. I wouldn't consider it a mixer drink for parties or anything, it's more designed to be drunk on it's own I'd say, and that's fine for me as this is how I like it best.
I remember drinking this as a much younger man and it used to be my favourite. Nobody thought much about the content of drinks in those days. If they tasted nice, you bought and drank them and this was certainly a lovely refreshing drink, full of sugar and a real tooth rotter. You could almost feel the enamel on your teeth being eroded.
In the face of changed circumstances with all of us now thinking a lot more about what we use to fuel our bodies, Coca-Cola, the manufacturers reformulated the drink in 2003 and reduced the sugar content by 58%.
That said, I note that in the standard version which I bought and drank earlier today in the 500ml size, sugar still comprises 13% of the total ingredients and I think the taste is still very sweet - just think what it was like before! They also now do a Lilt Zero variant where calorie count is only 11 rather than 65 in the standard 330ml can and sugar only 1g rather than 15.3g, so if you want to keep Lilt as a guilty pleasure, drink the Lilt Zero to appease your conscience.
Apart from the high sugar content, a big part of the drink's appeal lies in the combination of pineapple and grapefruit, giving the drink a lovely fruity flavour. Marketed originally as the totally tropical taste, there was a certain escapism and indulgence which fuelled the purchase of Lilt. Thesedays, it isn't a drink which we should be introducing to our children.
Our first grandson is being reared on totally healthy natural ingredients and what he hasn't tasted, he won't crave. However, I can't get too excited about courgette smoothie myself.
Lilt is a very refreshing fizzy soft drink that is produced by Coca Cola. It offers something a little different to most of the other soft drinks as it has a totally unique taste. It is a very fruity and exotic drink as it incorporates a mixture of lovely zingy fruits such as pineapple and grapefruit.
This fizzy drink has a real zing in it's tail. It has a great after kick of sharpness which is punchy and pleasing. I find that Lilt is a perfect drink to consume in the summer. It quenches the thirst well. It also captures the very essence of summer within it's flavour. The sharp unyet sweet fruity flavours accompanied with the ultra fizzy bubbles, works really well to satisfy.
The only negative in my experience, in regards to Lilt. Is that it leaves quite a metallic aftertaste in my mouth. I find that although my quench is satisfied for a while, this is only short lived and I am left with a dry and unpleasing aftertaste. This in turn has put me off drinking lilt. I love the taste, but it makes me feel quite sicky afterwards.
Another negative with this drink is that it looses it's fizz quite quickly. I really don't like this drink when it is flat as it looses all appeal and tastes rather awful. It must also be served chilled in order to fully appreciate it's full flavour.
When considering the nutritional information associated with this drink, I was astonished to realise the sugar content. A 200ml serving contains a whopping 9g of sugar. There are also alot of additives in this drink and more than one e number within the ingredients. I am not daft, I did realise that these types of drinks are not the healthiest options, but I am really suprised that they contain so much sugar.
There has been the introduction of the zero range. This is lilt without any sugar. However, I have tasted this and in my opinion, you can taste a real difference. I don't like the flavour of lilt zero at all. It is quite bitter.
Lilt comes packaged in plastic bottles with screw top lids. The sizes of the bottles vary from individual 500ml to family sized 2 litre bottles. If you would prefer a can of this pop, then you will be pleased to hear that lilt does come in 330 ml cans also. The cost of this drink is around the same as other coca cola branded drinks and vary according to the retailer. But usually a 500ml bottle will cost around £1.20 from a petrol station shop.
Lilt does offer something different to the consumer. It is sharp and the grapefruit mixed with the pineapple is a match well made. However, this drink is one of my least favourites as although I love the flavour, I can't tolerate the after taste it leaves.
*the nutritional values are stated clearly on the reverse side of the can or bottle. Ingredients are also listed.*
Me and my boyfriend were having a general conversation about drinks when one of us mentioned Lilt. We then discovered that we have a mutual love for this particular drink and raced out to buy some.
We actually went to 4 different shops looking for some (why is it so hard to find?!) before we finally found any!
Finally came across it in Tesco, and the bottle itself was not stored in a chilled area as such so when we got home we put it in the fridge for about an hour to cool it down before drinking, as you'll find this drink is best served chilled!
It's gorgeous, the fruit flavour is so refreshing! The calorie content isn't too bad for a soft drink, a lighter option being Lilt Zero, which, if available, would've been my drink of choice.
Such a great drink, if you haven't tried it then I reccommend you give it a go!
Lilt is an inspiring, and original fizzy drink which transports you to the islands of the carribean, with its tropical taste and lighthearted feel.
The taste of Lilt is very original and simple taste. It includes fruity mixtures of orange and apple, but prodominantely pineaple. The taste created is light, refreshing and really appealing.
Lilt is a medium ranged priced drink and is similar to others in the same style and idea. Costing around 99p for 500ml it is very well priced and one with which you can't really go wrong.
With refrences to the carribean, with sun sea and palm trees you are made to feel like you are on the beech. The funky rounded lettering is original and adds to the fun Lilt theme.
Overall Lilt is a great drink. Refreshing in taste, with original and clever ideas, Lilt offers something that nothing else on the market can.
One of many drinks manufactured by Coca-Cola, Lilt has been around since 1975. I hadn't realised it had been anywhere near that long!
Lilt is about the only carbonated drink, I really enjoy and during the summer months, I drink quite a lot of it. I find it very refreshing and love the combination of pineapple and grapefruit.
For me, Lilt has to be served straight from the fridge, into a tall glass with lots of ice cubes. If we are lucky enough to have a really warm day, it gives me a little pick-me-up and a much needed energy boost. Maybe it's the tropical flavour, that makes Lilt seem like the ideal drink for a summer's day.
Carbonated Water, Fruit Juice from Concentrates 5% (Pineapple, Grapefruit), Sugars, Citric Acid, Flavourings, Antioxidant (Ascorbic Acid), Sweeteners (Acesulfame K, Aspartame, Sodium Saccharin), Preservative (E202), Stabiliser (E412), Colour (Beta-Carotene)
Contains a source of Phenylalanine.
After reading the ingredients, I'm glad I only drink this in the summer!!
A 250g serving of Lilt has the following:
Calories - 50
Sugars - 11.6g
Fat - 0.0g
Saturates - 0.0g
Salt - 0.0g
In Tesco, the following is available:
2 litre - £1.59
500ml - 99p
Lilt is a lovely tasting drink, but I have never paid much attention to the ingredients before and find them quite shocking. I will still drink it, but keep it strictly as a summer refreshment.