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Although I try and only drink fizzy drinks occasionally I do enjoy them and will sometimes purchase them as a treat. A few days ago I treated myself to a bottle of Orangina which is a fizzy drink that I cannot remember having since I was a child when it used to come little glass bottles shaped to look like an orange.
I purchased a 500ml bottle of Orangina from Waitrose at a cost of £1.15 which I thought was around the price I would expect to pay for a branded fizzy drink.
The Orangina no longer comes packaged in the cute little glass bottles but instead a generic clear plastic bottle with a blue screw top cap. Almost the entire bottle is covered in a plastic wrap around label which displays all the information you need to know about the drink. On the front of the bottle there is some basic nutritional information, a section that states that the drink contains no artificial flavours, colours or sweeteners and advises you to 'shake it to wake it' I believe this to be so the orange pieces can be distributed through the drink as they would have settled. On the back of the label you can find more detailed product information including ingredients listings, full nutritional information and storage instructions. It also states that the bottle is recyclable.
When I scanned over the product information I was quite surprised to see just how high this drink was in sugar and therefore calories. A 200ml serving which is less than half of the bottle contains the following nutritional information:
Calories - 84
Sugar - 20.4g
Fat - 0g
Saturates - 0g
Salt - Trace
Before I opened the bottle I did follow the instructions on the front and gave the bottle a little shake to enable to fruit pieces to be distributed throughout the drink. I was a little wary of doing this as I did not want the drink to fizz all over me when I opened it and luckily it didn't. Although this is a carbonated drink it is not overly fizzy which I found quite nice as it didn't leave me feel bloated when I drank it. It was also quite a nice pale orange colour and not the bright almost fluorescent, artificial colour that some orange flavoured fizzy drinks tend to be. As far as the taste is concerned this is where I became disappointed as it was certainly not the way I remember it. My childhood memory was of a really lovely fairly natural tasting orange drink which tasted very fruity and not in any way artificial. But to me it has changed dramatically and I found this drink to be a little unpleasant, it tasted quite bitter and sour and a little watery. The orange taste in my opinion is almost non existent and I was left reaching for a glass of water to wash the taste away after drinking it. After looking at the ingredients listings I realised that this drink not only contains orange juice but also lemon, mandarin and grapefruit which will explain the bitter taste. The only positive was that the orange pieces that it claims are in the drink could not be noticed as I do prefer drinks without bits in.
Overall I was very disappointed with this drink, it just did not taste anything at all like I remembered and certainly left a bitter taste in my mouth. I will certainly not be purchasing this again in the near future and would not recommend it.
I bought it once on the way to work when I worked in New York City. I bought the can and it had to be the most disgusting thing I have ever tasted....it felt like I bit into an orange peel.......
People say this drink reminds them of going to France, but to me it reminds me of Scotland- it is everywhere in Scotland, marketed by AG BARR, i'm not sure if they are market it in England, i've never looked at the label.
It is certainly one of the more interesting orange drinks on the market as it is juice with bits, and it's only lightly carbonated. I have seen this come in 2L bottles and 750ml glass bottles (can't seem to get those small glass bottles you get on holiday though) I strongly recommend trying it from a glass bottle as some how it seems to improve the taste, it feels more concentrated and there are more bits.
Their tagline is 'shake it to wake it', so you have to shake it up to get the bits floating around otherwise they just sink to the bottom, it is a lot easier to shake the glass bottles as they are smaller and are rigid, shaking the 2L bottles is awkward. On the plus side for the 2L bottles they have a slightly irregular shape, and their packaging design makes them one of the prettier soft drinks on the market.
it is a distinctive product with a vibrant, real orange flavour, and a fun drinking experience- recommended
Orangina is one of my all time favourite fizzy drinks and I feel like it's been around for donkey's years. We pay £1.45 for a large sized two-litre bottle from the supermarket and I like to keep it in the fridge, as it is definitely best when it is served ice cold. I will occasionally also buy this drink in a can from the garage, if I am filling up with petrol but we mainly buy it in the large plastic bottle with a twist off cap. It's a carbonated orange drink with a lot of fizz and a great refreshing orange taste.
Although I prefer my fizzy drinks to be VERY fizzy, I cannot say that Orangina is one of the fizziest carbonated drinks I have every drunk. It is fizzy, but less so than say Cola or Fanta. Nevertheless, it has the advantage of being made with real oranges and I can detect small amounts of orange bits in the actually drink, which is great.
It's a light and refreshing orange drink that is perfect drunk on a hot summer's day. My dear other half prefers to give this fizzy orange drink to our little lad, as she says it is better for him than the likes of Fanta Orange. The only thing you have to remember with this drink is to gently turn the bottle upside down before pouring it out, otherwise the bits will all settle to the bottom of the bottle and when you pour it out into a glass, you will not get the full taste of the drink, just a weaker version. I always find it difficult to remember to do this, until my other half reminds me.
It is nice served in a tall glass with a lot of ice. It's not too sweet, but very thirst quenching and I always feel it's healthier than normal carbonated drinks.
One of my favourites and highly recommended.
Whenever my family went to France, it was Orangina that was my drink of choice. For many years I wanted to be able to drink it at home, but alas, in the olden days it seemed far less frequently available than it is now. Oragina is largely similar to Fanta, spare the fact that it has 'bits' in. This is the making of the drink; without them it is like tea without milk, toast without butter - simply not quite right.
The bits make the drink, even when it's a little past it. For the large litre bottles, if left in the fridge, it can loose some of its fizz, like any carbonated beverage, but the bits make it comparable to some juices, and provided it's chilled, it can get away with being flat; a triumph for any drink.
I would say it's more of a summer drink than a winter one, simply because of the vibrancy of its flavour. Unlike some other carbonated drinks, it isn't so fizzy that you feel as if someone is tickling the inside of your nose; it reaches a nice middle ground.
Finally, the packaging is nice and distinctive. Probably the second best sparkling fruit drink out there (after San Pelegrino orange.), but this is a close contender.
Orangina is one of those drinks that I was bought up on......although it seemed to be one of those drinks we were given for a treat and so it always seemed strangely exotic! However, now things I have changed and it's me buying Orangina for my kids - and they seem to agree that this is one of the nicest and freshest carbonated drinks available. It doesn't seem to have changed at all over the years. A 2L bottle of Orangina costs £1.40 from Tesco - which I think is a perfectly reasonable price for a carbonated drink that is a lot nicer than so many of the others. I usually buy it in the bottle form, but you can also buy it in cans.
Orangina is carbonated orange juice - and the thing I like about it is that it's actually made from real orange juice with the genuine orange bits in it to confirm this. It's very fruity and quite sweet, but the sweetness does not taste synthetic or overpowering. It's also what I would call gently fizzy rather than very fizzy - but it doesn't taste flat - just a little gentler. It does settle in the bottle and seperate and so it's important to give it a shake before pouring it - otherwise you won't get the orangey bits in and and it will taste really quite weak. Its definitely best served iced cold with a few ice cubes in it and a slice of lemon.
I really like Orangina and think its one of those carbonated drinks that you can drink without feeling too guilty. As far as I know there isn't a diet version on the market.
I had forgotten how much I love Orangina until I noticed that it was constantly on offer in my local Lidl, 9 cans for £2.50.
Orangina is available in large 2 litre bottles, cans and glass bottles although I haven't seen a glass bottle for years. The cans are blue in colour with a an orange on the front. The drink is made from orange, lemon, mandarin and grapefruit juice, in fact this contributes to 12% of the contents of all sizes of Orangina. Before you open the can you need to shake it, this is because there are bits of oranges which tend to settle at the bottom of the can. The drink is only lightly carbonated so unlike other fizzy drinks it doesn't overfizz after shaking so you can open the can straight away.
The drink itself is orange in colour but not an artificial orange like Fanta or Tango. It looks natural like orange juice with fizz. The drink itself is really refreshing and nice served cold on a hot day. The drink has a nice zing to it too as it contains real orange zest which makes the flavour more intense. I like the little bits of orange inside the can, it's no good though if you don't like orange juice with bits in it. The drink is really sweet though and it does contain 42 calories per 100ml.
It is also free of artificial colours, flavours and sweetners.
I would recommend Orangina over other soft drinks, I don't often drink fizzy drinks because of all the bad things in them and the fact that they never quench my thirst, however Orangina is one that does both!
'Shake the bottle, wake the drink!' Remember that? It seems to have been a slogan that has been around for donkey's years. I remember having the small glass bottles of Orangina when I was a kid and loving them, and it seems as if the formula hasn't changed much at all, to be honest.
The premise of the drink is simple: a lightly carbonated orange drink with bits in. The reason you need to 'shake' the drink is so that the bits all mix in with the actual drink, otherwise you're left with an orange drink and a whole load of pulpy gunk at the bottom!
When you first open it and get that slight fizz, the smell also comes with it, and there's a clear orange smell. The majority of the flavour is from concentrate, but while you don't get the complete natural taste or smell, it's mixed slightly with a couple of other fruit flavours and there are orange peel bits in it that help the flavour along. At first sip, it's got a slightly bitter and zesty taste to it that's really refreshing, and there's a strong temptation to gulp the whole thing down in one. However, if you sip it, then you get to enjoy the sweetness of it, with the small bottles being just about the right amount for one drink.
Orangina also leaves you feeling completely refreshed, as opposed to a lot of carbonated drinks which can have a psychological impact and actually make you feel thirstier, leaving your mouth with a parched taste to it. This is often the carbonation that can have this effect, and the fact that Orangina is less carbonated that barely fizzes up at all means that the aftertaste doesn't leave you feeling that you still need a drink.
The only thing I don't like about it is if you have too much. The small individual sized bottles, which I believe are now plastic as opposed to glass, are the perfect size, but the larger litre bottles tend to lose the flavour and the tang of the drink once they've been open a while. I'd much rather go for the smaller bottles and maybe pay a bit more average price than pay money for something that ends up being a bit too sweet and sickly after a while.
Overall though, Orangina is a lovely drink. It doesn't taste too sugary, although as you'd expect there is a decent amount of sugar in there. This combats the potentially really tangy zing that the orange peel and bits could give you, so it's a welcome inclusion. Well balanced drink that'll give you 42 calories per 100ml, for those of you who are watching the nutritional side of things and generally tends to cost around the £2 mark for a large litre bottle, or around the £1 mark for the smaller individual bottles. Recommended.
We were out and about on Saturday as usual but inexplicably I had neglected to take with us the ready prepared cold drinks that we normally prepare to slake our thirst whilst on the road and avoid having to buy drinks at expensive shop prices.
Realising this when we were about 5 miles from home, a quick calculation in my head (that's where I normally do them) suggested that it wasn't going to be worthwhile turning back so I 'got over it' and we had to buy a drink when we got to Asda. Or rather, my wife bought it, as I had popped to the sports shop. She is notorious about disregarding price when she shops and I normally have to keep my eye on what goes in the trolley and she chose this Orangina as her drink of choice on Saturday.
Orangina is a brand I remember from when I was young. It caused a bit of a stir when it first came out because it introduced us to drinks with bits in. At the time I liked the taste but didn't like the bits, so it didn't feature highly in my list of favourite drinks at the time.
I hadn't drunk it for ages although I had been vaguely aware of advertising for the brand and had seen a few offers on in the shops. Because it falls into the expensive fizzy drinks bracket, I had avoided buying it. Now the choice had been made for me, I might as well drink my share, so I did! I liked it and indeed prefer it to both Fanta and Tango.
Orangina is an orange based fizzy drink, made from concentrate, but the distinctive taste comes from the fact that as well as orange, there is lemon, mandarin and grapefruit concentrate to a total of 12% by volume. It also contains orange zest and pulp which gives it a natural appeal. It has a lighter colour than many other carbonated orange drinks; presumably that's the lemon and grapefruit.
There are 20.4g of sugar per 200ml of product and a 200 ml serving contains 84 calories. There is however a healthier light version available at only 2.4g of sugar and 12 calories.
The taste is sweet but is quite authentic. The bittiness will put off some, but will help to convey the idea of this being a natural product, which will be attractive to a different type of consumer.
My wife bought the 2 litre bottle, but you can also get this in a 500ml bottle, in a 330ml can and in the traditional bulby bottle which contains only 250ml.
I checked the receipt and was horrified to find she had paid £1.64 for the 2l bottle. She really is incorrigible! I am really going to have to take her to task as I have since noted that it is on offer at 2 bottles for £2.00 in the same shop.
If you don't want to buy 2 bottles, Tesco has both the Original and the Light versions on offer at the moment for only £1.00 for the same 2l size.
I quite enjoyed this drink.
I remember often having Orangina as a child, but it then became overshadowed by Fanta and other fizzy drinks. However, I rediscovered it about two months ago and now purchase it pretty much every week! Orangina is a fizzy citrus flavoured drink, with real orange pieces, which was invented in 1933 in Spain. Even though it is predominantly fizzy orange, hence the name, you can definitely taste the lemon, grapefruit and mandarin juices which give it a more unique taste. It is quite sweet and very refreshing, especially when served cold.
Nutritionally, it is not the healthiest as the sugar content is very high at 10.2g per 100ml. One can of Orangina (330ml) contains 37% of an adult's daily guideline of sugar. Because of this, I try to drink it in moderation and have it as a treat rather than a staple daily drink. One benefit is that there are no artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners.
There aren't many other negatives I can think of, but one may be that it is not a drink that can be served warm. It just does not taste as good, so it really needs to be drunk straight after coming out of the fridge.
Orangina will set you back £1.37 for a two litre bottle at either Tesco or Sainsbury's. The bottle has a bright blue label on it with an orange logo. I would recommend that you look out for it if you haven't tried it before, or if, like me, you like to recapture a bit of your childhood.
I am sure we all remember Orangina.......
I hadn't had it since I was a kid, and last week a friend of mine brought a few cans into work. Getting a little giddy about not having had any for a quite some time I didn't mind helping myself to a can. Orangina has a great mediterranean taste created by the use of real orange pieces. It is a great drink to quench your thirst and really wakes you up when your having a repetitive day at the office. I am getting thirsty just thinking about it and looking at the empty can still floating about on my desk.
As I was so excited to have the can of Orangina I didn't read the can. Not that this is really a must when drinking a can of pop. However, in this case there are little notes all over the Orangina can telling you 'shake it to wake it'. As I popped the lid and practically inhaled the contents I wasn't particulary happy when I was greeted with a load of chunks in the bottom of the can. Freaking out thinking I had a can that was off or something I put it straight down. Complaining to my friend and being met with giggles, I soon realised that I hadn't followed the direct instructions on how to drink this particular pop. My second can however, I was more cautious with.
Orangina, as mentioned before is made with real orange pieces. If your a bit like me and don't like drinks that contain bits then there is no need to be put off Orangina. Once the can is shaken well the bits do not seem to make an appearance. You do not have any nasty suprises and it doesn't feel like you have to chew your refreshment either.
The can advises you to give your Orangina a good shake. As you normally find with cans of pop, should you give it a good shake it ends up everywhere. You lose half your pop and end up a sticky mess. Well, not Orangina. This gives the fizz noise after shaking, but when opened slowly there is no mess and no spray. It doesn't fizz out of the can as you would expect.
I think Orangina is an excellent refreshing drink. It is very fruity, and is not at all sickly as you may find with other fizzy drinks. I find that Orangina reminds me a little of Lilt. Just an orange version. I would definatley recommend this drink, and think I will be investing in some more come 12 o'clock dinner time. I would say this a drink best served chilled. So let it sit in the fridge for half an hour to really cool down and really get the effects of your Orangina.
For the environmentally concious - This can is fully recyclable so we can do our part in being green and saving the world.
For the mothers buying this product - Do not worry about your little cherubs running round at a 100mph faster than normal as Orangina contains no artificial colours, flavours or sweetners.
Contents Information : per 330ml can of Orangina
Calories : 139kcal
Sugar : 33.7g
Fat : 0g
Saturates : 0g
Sodium : 0g
At the moment on a large yellow banner circling the top of the can is a price offer of 49p per can. I think this is great value for this product. However, my friend informs me that she picked up 3 cans for 98p at our local Wilkinsons store. Which is even better. I can imagine that this will be no dearer than your usual cans of pop, so it totally worth a try. I highly recommend this product. Can't wait for my dinner :D
Thank you for reading my review :)
I would have to agree with blue jess's review on this product.
Orangina seems to have been around forever and if you take at look at it's wikipedia page you'll see that it has! According to that it was invented in 1933.
It it a great tasting drink and tastes far less sickly sweet and more natural than alternatives like Fanta or Orange Tango. The colour is also far more reminiscent of real oranges than these two as well.
Although it still tastes the same, it does seem to be a lot less appealing than it used to be when served from a plastic bottle rather than the old-style glass one. I think that's because things seem far more solid and real when in a glass bottle, perhaps because it is more expensive and subconsciously reminds us less of mass-production.
It is not the kind of thing I'd drink in the Winter because the cold of Winter has all the wrong associations for a light citrus drink. On a hot day though, this is a great drink. It is fairly thirst-quenching, but I think it is always a little disappointing when you finish the bottle in a couple of seconds. The little glass bottles contain only 250ml of liquid. So perhaps the larger sizes of the plastic bottles have the advantage there.
I remember orangina being the first fizzy drink that I ever drunk. I slightly regret what has become of it for several reasons:
The original orangina was quaint and brilliant. They used to come in the small round bottomed bottles which were no larger that 250ml. I find it very hard to get these now in the big supermarkets. The trick was that you had to shake them for a few seconds to get the juicy bits to surface, and then in two or three slurps the whole bottle was gone and you were refreshed.
Now days, orangina seem to have taken the path of the major fizzy drink corporations... and failed. It is far far less popular than fanta or tango, which are the competing orange fizzy drinks. I'm not really sure for the reason for this, but maybe it all comes down to raw price, something which fanta and tango really can beat orangina at.
I just wish that they would reintroduce the popular little bottles into mass market production, and not just rare appearances in the corner shop every so often. Maybe I'm missing a trick here, but I don't like the big 2 litre bottles of diluted syrup that they bring out now. BRING BACK THE OLD STUFF
I'm a bit of a fruit loop when it comes to fizzy orange drinks. I dont like Fanta orange, orange squash etc. These taste really artifical and weird and I wont touch them with a barge pole. However, I love orange juice, orange and lemonade as these, shockingly enough, taste of real oranges. I find that Orangina fits in to the latter category, tasting very much like natural, fizzy orange. For me Orangina reminds me of holidays in France where we used to drink this all the time.
I picked up an Orangina in my local Lidl for the bargain price of 99p for a two litre bottle. Orangina come in a clear plastic bottle, with a vibrant blue label. The drink itself is orange in colour (shocking!) but has bits of orange floating around in it.
I think the reason that Orangina works so well is that its not completely orange juice but also has grapefruit, lemon and mandarin juices mixed in aswell (although these do make up for a very small percentage). This makes for a more refreshing taste and for me makes it more 'natural' tasting. This could also be helped by the fact it contains no artifical colours, flavours or sweeteners and on reading the ingredients there is nothing paticularly scary listed.
In terms of Orangina having 'bits' in it shouldnt be something to put you off! I dont like orange juice with 'bits' in it and in Orangina the 'bits' are hardly noticable but I think they add to the orangey taste.
I really dont like Orangina's slogan 'shake it to wake it' , I know that you want the orangey bits to be well mixed in but it seems slightly stupid to start shaking a fizzy drink. Especially with my luck! However, when I was younger I do remember waiters doing it well with the little glass bottle and causing no fizzy explosions.
I think the main downside to Orangina is the cost, although you can pick it up cheap in Lidl it will cost around double that usually. It can also be quite a difficult drink to track down as not all places sell it as I dont think it very popular over here compared to abroad.
Orangina is definitely a taste of the Mediterranean and one of my favourite branded drinks especially during the summer months.
I have to admit that if i am to have a fizzy drink i would normally choose diet coke but sometimes i feel like an orange fizzy drink and on those occasions Orangina is my drink of choice!
Orangina seemingly started life in 1936 at the Marseille Trade Fair when its Spanish inventor originally called in Naranjina, the concept was bought by Leon Beton and produced in Algeria, production was moved to France in 1962 after Algeria won independence. The company that Beton owned was bought by Pernod Ricard in 1984. Currently the brand in Europe is now owned by Suntory a Japanese company since November 2009 and in the States by Dr Pepper Snapple.
In Britain it is manufactured under licence by AG Barr (the company that produces Irn Bru)
It has a unique flavour with real orange pieces and it is famous for the tag line "Shake it to wake it!"
The juice is fizzy but not too fizzy, is not too sweet and has a nice orangey taste that really does taste like fruit rather than some brands that are very artificial, a real taste of the mediterranean. It claims to have no artificial colours, flavours or swetteners in it and i think it tastes all the better for it, the main taste is orange although there is also some lemon, grapefruit and mandarin in it.
Each 200ml serving contains:
With the real pieces of fruit in it you need to gently shake the bottle before opening (mind you gently shake the bottle, not too hard as you don't want it to squoosh all over you.)
The original glass bottle which has a bulby look and and knobbly feel to it which is like water drops on the outside of the bottle. The glass bottle is available fairly widely but more often than not you see it in plastic bottles either 500ml or 1 litre size.
This juice tastes great, very refreshing and orangey a real taste of holidays and even better with the real pieces of fruit in it.