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      23.08.2013 09:26
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      A refreshing thirst quencher.

      My daughters friend comes to stay with us for a couple of days each month. A lovely girl - but an oddity in our household as she doesn't drink tea or coffee. She only drinks water, squashes and juices - so I have to buy a few extra drink products for her arrival. In addition to the 'quality' juice products I buy, I also pad out the cost a bit by buying Sainsburys basics fruit cocktail juice drink, which she seems to enjoy.

      The product:

      This product comes in a plastic, screw top, recyclable bottle and is 75p for 1 litre. It consists of 20% fruit juice, water and other ingredients. Full list: Water, Fruit Juices From Concentrate (20%) (Orange, Pineapple, Apricot Purée, Passion Fruit, Apple, Lemon, Lime, Guava Purée, Banana Purée, Mango), Sugar, Citric Acid, Flavouring, Colour: Beta-carotene.

      Each 200ml serving gives 76 calories. The F.S.A traffic light rating gives this product green markers for calories, fat, saturated fat, and salt (only trace amounts of these) but it does have a red marker for sugar at 18.1 g per 200ml serving.

      Product must be kept refrigerated and once opened consumed within 4 days. Suitable for freezing on day of purchase. Use within 1 month. Do not re-freeze once defrosted. To serve: Shake well before use.


      Experience of the product:

      The product is orange in colour and has a lovely fruity aroma. It smells really tropical even before you drink it. From the appearance and taste of this product you can tell it is effectively 'watered down' fruit juice, but it still packs a lot of flavour. I enjoy the flavours of the mango and orange coming through in this drink. It is light and refreshing like a squash and really quenches your thirst - especially when you drink it straight from the fridge. I like its sweet, tropical fruit taste and have no qualms about serving it to others. Everyone likes it in our household - so it doesn't last long. It makes a nice drink at any time of the day. For me it's a handy extra to serve and a pleasant alternative from squashes and the thicker fruit juices.

      I don't feel it is one of Sainsburys 'bargain' Basics however, 75p per litre for a juice drink which contains 20% juice seems average value when you consider their Basics 100% orange juice (Item code: 6313746 on their website) is 65p for a litre. So I'm knocking one dooyoo star off for value.

      Otherwise - Would recommend.

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        22.06.2013 17:46
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        a good basic fruit juice drink

        I struggle buying drinks to keep me interested as I don't drink tea or coffee. This somewhat limits me, and there is only so much water you can consume in a day. I do love a good glass of Ribena, but I like a bit of variety so have worked my way through most brands of juice whether they be premium or supermarket own. My problem with a lot of the premium juices is that they are either very thick in consistency - and so don't quench my thirst - or they can be very sour/bitter.

        I have been buying Sainsbury's Basics Fruit Cocktail on and off for a good while now. It is one of the many items available in the Basics range, and comes in a clear plastic bottle, white label and orange writing. It comes in a 1L bottle, and currently sells for 75p.

        The juice itself is a bright orange in colour and has a relatively thin consistency. It is a juice made from concentrate, so not pure fruit juice. The label states it is 20% fruit from concentrate and includes: Orange, Pineapple, Apricot Purée, Passion Fruit, Apple, Lemon, Lime, Guava Purée, Banana Purée, Mango. As you would expect for a concentrated juice at such a cheap price, it is relatively watered down, and is very sweet. However, I personally do not find this a problem. I drink juice as a way to take in fluids and water, not just for the fruit - and if it weren't watered down I think the sweetness would be far too much for me. The balance of fruit flavours does seem to change slightly from one bottle to the next, it obviously depends on what fruit they have in cheap supply at the time.

        Overall I find this a good cheap product, not the healthiest drink with the added sugar, but to break up the monotony of a watery day it is ideal. It can be difficult to find as it only appears to be available in larger stores. In fact it was withdrawn a while back, but has reappeared on the shelves in the last few months.

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          23.11.2012 01:43

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          Can't be beaten on quality/price ratio, better than some expensive drinks.

          Normally, when I buy fruit juice, I'll have a glass the morning after I've been to the shops, then the carton just sits in the fridge until the sell by date goes past, then it goes in the bin. But not in this case.
          I bought some on a whim, as I like having my fruit juice in the fridge, but more often than not it ends up in the bin. At 65p, I thought it wouldn't matter so much if this did get binned, it's only 65p compared to £3 odd for Tropicana etc.

          It's a good 5 miles from my flat to Sainsbury's, which I cover by cycling. The way there is no problem at all, but the way home again can sometimes take its toll. So, after about a mile, I stopped for a quick drink, but as I didn't have my water bottle with me, I decided to crack this open instead. This was a big mistake, but in a good way. It was so good, I had nearly half the bottle there and then. I screwed the lid back on and carried on cycling, but after another 2 miles I got a bit thirsty again (didn't help it wasn't as cold as I'd thought and so I was in full winter gear!) and ended up polishing off the whole bottle before I'd even got my shopping home! When I did get home, I unpacked everything else, had a bit of a rest, then cycled back to Sainsbury's to get some more, it was that good. I just wish it came in bottomless jugs

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          02.11.2012 21:09

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          Love it

          Basics Fruit Cocktail drink is 59p at the moment. The first time I got this was when ordering my shopping online. I ordered orange juice but was deleivered this instead. It was cheaper than my origional choice so I thought I would try it out.

          I popped it in the fridge ready to drink later. It came in the usual white and orange lable, thick see-through plastic bottle with an orange screw top lid.

          I poured myself a glass of this orange liquid and was immediately hit in the face with a sickly sweet aroma. It was very fruity, although I couldn't pick out which fruits. It wasnt unpleasant, just quite full on. I drank a mouthful and was very surprised, I do not like things that are too sweet, but the scent of this drink was rather misleading. The flavour was weaker than the smell would have you beleive. This is going to sound a little strange, but the drink also felt quite thick in my mouth, although it is not thicker than any other juice, I do not know if it is the full flavour that has this effect or not but it does make for a very refreshing if not moreish drink.

          I love this as do the rest of my family, I only wish they did it in a bigger carton, like milk, 4 pints of this would be awesome.

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          21.01.2011 10:47
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          Good tasting drink.

          I recently reviewed a drink which I buy on a regular basis from Sainsbury's basics range and I enjoy the drink so much because I like to drink soft drinks and always have them in the fridge for when my grandchildren come to visit and am reviewing today another drink which is from the Basics range also and one I buy a lot too as I love this one and it is so cheap and is suitable for all my family and myself.

          It comes in a clear thick, plastic bottle, with an Orange screw off top, it has a nice handle at the side of the bottle, which is very handy to hold to pour the juice from the bottle. The bottle is also quite a slim bottle and fits nicely in my fridge to keep cold and ready to drink.

          It cost around 62p for a 1 litre bottle and I always buy at least 2 at a time with this one because it is one that I know that it is a very popular one in my household and for my family. The amount in the bottle is a good amount for the cheap price and although it is a cheaper one, it really does taste delicious.

          The drink is a burned Orange colour, the juice tells me on the side of the bottle that it is 20% fruit juice. It really tastes nice and refreshing and tastes very fruity and I would say it tastes of a mixture of all fruits and not one particular fruit. It quenches my thirst and it is a really nice tasty drink indeed.

          My grandchildren love this drink and it is a nice healthy one for them and it is not too sweet, the sweetness is just the right amount, although I do have a very sweet tooth and like sweet drinks. It is a drink that can be poured straight from the bottle and does not require diluting. I find this one is a drink that I like so much that I can easily drink most of the bottle in one day or even one sitting because it is so delicious. The colour of the liquid did put me off a little when I first bought it but do not be put off from the colour because the taste certainly is good.

          The neck of the bottle is quite a large size and so it is easy to pour, I like to sometimes add a few ice cubes with this one sometimes in the summer if it is extremely hot weather, the cubes are just an extra coldness that I like sometimes with a soft drink.

          It says on the bottle that this one can be placed into the freeze on the day of purchase and consumed within one month once thawed but do not refreeze. It does not last that long in my fridge as I drink a lot and with the children they are always wanting a drink, but it can easily last a good couple of days.

          The bottle can easily be recycled and it is an ideal drink for all the family and I highly recommend this one because it is so fruity and refreshing and a very good quality and value for money. It is also not a bitter or sour drink.

          I rate it 5 stars.

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            21.04.2010 10:13
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            Cheap But Not Very Good Quality!

            I brought this litre bottle of Fruit Cocktail Juice in Sainsburys last week, I'd forgotten to take my bank card so had to get all the bits on my shopping list out of the £16.24 I had in my pocket because I wouldn't usually scrimp on my juice because I LOVE the taste of the premium brands. It usually costs 52p but this bottle was a bit battered and had been reduced to 20p..... bargain!!!

            When I got home I was dead thirsty because of lugging all the shopping home in the warm weather so poured myself a glass straight away. I immediately realised that buying this juice was a bit of a mistake because there isn't hardly any taste to it and it's big time watery, it didn't taste like juice at all and was more like drinking a glass of the cheapo squash that my dad buys sometimes from Tesco. AND it tasted like there was too much water in the squash! lol

            The bottle says it's a mix of different fruit flavours but to me it just tasted like orange squash with a bit of tropical juice mixed in it, I thought it tasted mega bland and boring and it wasn't even refreshing because it left like a coating on my tongue and I HATE it when that happens with any drinks. Even though this was only 20p I didn't want to waste it so have now drunk the litre bottle, it's a bit better if you have some ice cubes in it but whatever you do don't leave them to melt because that will just make the juice taste even more bland and watery.

            I don't see the point of this juice because it's soooooo watered down that it can't be any better for you than squash. The flavour has also got a weird sweet taste to it that isn't very nice, I like sweet drinks usually but this one just tastes proper fake like it's a mix of sugar and bad quality sweetners..... I suppose it could be that as well, I didn't keep hold of the bottle long enough to check but it deffo doesn't taste like the sweet and yummy juices I usually buy.

            Not recommended..... even for the cheap price!!!

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            02.12.2009 14:49
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            A nice enough drink

            When it comes to drinks in general I'm a bit of a drain! I drink alot of tea, coffee and energy drinks and have tried to cut those back a bit lately and move on to squashes and juices and things that in my head are a little more healthy!

            I spotted this in my local Sainsbury's store priced at 54p and thought it had to be worth a go cos the last one I tried (I can't remember which!) was about £2.00 for a carton!

            The Packaging:

            1 litre clear see-through squarish container with a small handle to the side of it and an orange screw on/lid to the top of it. Around the bottle there is a white label and on the front of it I'm told it is Sainsbury's 'Basics' New Fruit Cocktail Juice Drink '20% fruit juice, still a great thirst quencher' and there is picture of a cocktail glass scribbled on there with a pineapple and a slice of fruit in it and there is an at a glance nutritional chart on there too. Other information on the bottle includes a full nutritional chart, ingredients are listed, I'm told how to store it (it is freezable!), size is stated (as I've told you already it's 1 litre in size and at the moment that is the only size it is available in) and contact details for Sainsbury's are given.

            The Drink Itself:

            Well it's a light orange in colour and basically instead of looking fruit juice like to me appears more like a made up squash. It really is a thin liquid, looks ok though and smells nice enough (mainly of pineapple to my nasal passages).

            Taste wise not only does it look like a squash it tastes of one and to and doesn't have the thickness alot of juices have to it, in fact this has no 'body' to it at all it's just water with fruit flavourings and is entirely smooth.

            Taste wise though if you like watery squashes that have a natural tasting sweetness to them, you may enjoy this and it may sound so far like I've been critical of this product but far from it!

            It's a great thirst quencher and light and refreshing in taste. It reminds me somewhat taste wise of the juice you get in a can of fruit cocktail (strained of course and watered down with water lol). It tastes mostly to me as it smells.... of pineapple but I can detect the taste of other fruits which are none distinctive (they would be the one's listed on the ingredients list of course which are orange, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, apple, lemon, lime, guava, banana and mango). The flavours though are well blended just making this a fruity little, fresh number that is very easy to drink as it's not too sweet or sour and I think it offers great quantity at a value price. Not sure it should be called juice though...it really is more like squash lol.


            Nutritional Information Per 200ml Glass;

            Calories: 80
            Fat: Trace
            Saturated fat: Trace
            Salt: Trace
            Total Sugars: 19.2g

            Only available in Sainsburys' stores.

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