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Tastes of holidays in France; the perfect summer drink.
Member Name: will_he_wont_he
Advantages: Not too fizzy, bits!
Disadvantages: Not hugely available, but more so that it used to be.
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.
Summary: Great drink for a lunchtime.