“ Manufacturer: Sainsbury's / Type: Soft Drinks „
I entertain a lot and have lots of BBQ's in the summer months to entertain my family and friends. I do sometimes try and cut down on the price I spend on the BBQ's if I possibly can because the amount of money it costs to have one can mount up, especially if like me have quite a lot during summer months and have quite a few guests attending. I also have a lot of parties for birthdays etc too and so I wanted to try this lemonade to see if it was suitable or not for my guests and of course myself. It was my son's birthday recently, so I bought it for his birthday BBQ at my home.
The lemonade comes inside a transparent plastic bottle, it is very basic looking with just a label on the front with the name clearly on the front. The lemonade looks refreshing inside the bottle just like any other brand of lemonade in my opinion.
Once the top is removed, it has the normal sound of the fizz etc, it fizzles while pouring it into a glass in the same way as a branded one. It has a nice smell of lemons and I was pleasantly surprised how nice a smell it actually had. I thought it would smell more of an acid smell but I couldn't have been more wrong. The smell is perfect.
When it comes to the taste, well I always like to taste and test drinks first before I offer them to my guests just to make sure I am not offering them something which I hadn't tasted myself. When I took my first sip, it did taste a little bland and didn't have much of a lemon flavour to it but I did expect it to have more of a lemon flavour than it actually had. I didn't spit it out I drank half a glass but found I couldn't drink anymore of it because I just simply didn't like the taste of it to be honest. I wasn't expecting it to have a super taste being such a cheap lemonade but I was expecting it to have a stronger lemon flavour of which it didn't in my opinion. I just cannot describe the taste and can only best describe it of being like a bitter taste of limes. Like sucking on a lime when it hits the nostrils and tingles the nose. Not a feeling I particularly like very much.
I decided to not offer it to my guests and so I left the bottle in my kitchen on the worktop. One of my friends went into my kitchen during the party and opened the bottle and I spotted her pouring some into a glass, I told her it wasn't a nice taste and she may not like it but she said she didn't mind I had bought it to drink and so she will taste it too and give her honest opinion. She told me she didn't mind the taste too much and it was a good enough taste for the price but she also couldn't detect much lemon taste and could only taste a very slight amount of a lemon flavour. She didn't have the taste of sucking limes as I had when I tasted it but she didn't want to drink another glass but she did drink a whole glass of it, so it was suitable for her taste buds but certainly wasn't for mine.
The glass she drank and the rest left in my glass didn't have a lasting fizz in the glass, the fizz fizzle out soon after pouring it and didn't have the lasting fizz like other cheaper brands. I did expect it to last longer than it actually did even for a cheaper price but it didn't at all.
When the BBQ had ended and my guests went home, I decided to pour it down the sink because I wouldn't have drank it again and I my hubby wouldn't then taste it.
For a 2L bottle it cost just 17p even for this price I don't think it is good value for money and in my opinion a complete waste of a few pence but I didn't waste much money so something to be grateful for. The quality isn't good at all with this lemonade. It is cheap and affordable for any budget though and if you cannot afford to buy a more expensive brand of lemonade.
I won't be buying this one again in the future, I don't like the taste and it doesn't have much of a lemon flavour and isn't suitable for my own taste buds that's for sure.
I certainly don't recommend it to anyone who does like a good amount of lemon taste or like to drink a fizzy drink which holds the fizz well because this one doesn't at all. So you may be wasting a few pence buying this lemonade in my opinion.
The bottle can be recycled after use too.
I give this lemonade just 1 star I am afraid. I think the one star is a fair enough rating from my experience of drinking this one.
Pleased I bought it to try though or I wouldn't have known what it tasted like and we all have different taste buds and what can be a good enough taste for one person can be totally different for someone else as it was for my friend who tasted this lemonade.
Thank you for reading my review and I hope it has been of some help.
I don't tend to drink lemonade much, when I do it is usually when I'm out and I have it served from the tap behind the bar, so when it comes to buying it I don't really know the best brands. That being said, I know that this is defiantly not it.
The drink is extremely cheap, at around 18p a bottle, which should tell you straight away that you will not be getting the finest of products. The first thing I noticed when I opened the bottle is that it appears to have a lot more fizz than most other drinks. The drink itself has very little flavour, and what flavour it does have doesn't taste overly lemony. The drink has very little aftertaste as well, meaning that for the most part you are just drinking fizzy water.
That being said, it can be mixed with things such as spirits quite well, as you aren't looking for the lemonade to overpower the spirit too much. And the cheap price means you can buy many bottles from the price of one name brand product, which is good if you are on a tight budget.
I am all in favour of cheap brands, I have said this before and all in all most (80%) of products bought under the Sainsburys Basics range, they really taste no different to other brands.
This said however, this lemonade isnt one of the products it applies to. This lemonade is probably as cheap and nasty as it comes, it is actually worse than Panda lemonade and thats really saying something.
This has recently just been reduced from the recent increased price of 25p back down to 17p and for good reason, 25p is in no way a good deal. Dont get me wrong, I dont expect much from a bottle of lemonade that only costs 17p. I only buy it because my son can drink fizzy pop quicker than a whale, so I am not going to spend £2 on a bottle of Coca Cola that will not even last a day! If he wants to drink it that fast he can have 17p rubbish and like it. This he seems to, he knows it is not expensive drink, thats not hard to work out by anyones standards. As long as he is willing to drink it then we are all happy. The calorie content is low and there is no added colours or anything but there is also no added taste or flavour.
I wouldnt use this as a mixer for drinks or wine, I have used this to make shandy and it is not that terrible but a more expensive product would be better rather than this.
I rarely shop in Sainsburys but me and my boyfriend popped in there a couple of days ago to pick up something nice for our tea and I saw this lemonade in the drinks isle while picking up my usual Diet Pepsi. I don't drink alot of lemonade but it's nice to have handy for when I want to have a glass of something different for a change and it's also really nice mixed with fruit juice.
This drink also seemed like a real bargain which is another reason why I picked it up. It is priced at an almost ridiculously cheap 25 pence for 2 litres (1 pence per 100ml), so I suppose the alarm bells should of been ringing but I thought 'why not? I might as well try it at that price!'
The lemonade is from Sainsbury's 'basics' range and comes packaged in a transparent plastic bottle which contains 2 litres of the lemonade. The branding is minimalistic and there's a paper wrapper wrapped around the middle of the bottle with the Sainsbury's basics branding on it along with the usual orange and white Sainsbury's colour scheme.
It says clearly on the front what the bottle contains and there's a small circle showing the nutritional values. On the back of the label the ingredients, nutritional information, allergy information and so on can be found.
The bottle has a plastic cap which screws off and can be screwed back on. When I unscrewed it, I expected the usual strong fizzing sound, and for the liquid to bubble up, however instead there was a very small 'hiss' and the liquid didn't bubble up at all - not great! When I poured some into a glass it slightly bubbled but it is no where near as fizzy as a more expensive brand and it's quite flat. It looks just like a flat sparkling water and doesn't taste much better.
Taste wise, it really is gross. It tastes like water mixed with additives and chemicals. It doesn't taste like lemonade at all, and the slight lemon taste that it does have doesn't taste natural - it tastes like a strange chemical flavouring and the after taste is vile. It has no sweetness to it and I had to pour my glass of it down the sink after a couple of mouthfuls.
Even when mixed with orange juice it is horrible - it makes the orange juice taste wattered down and funny, and I ended up chucking the bottle away as no one in the house liked it - not even my boyfriend who will normally eat and drink almost anything! Calories wise, there is 1 calorie per 250ml and it is fat and sugar free, which is because it is full of sweeteners including aspartame.
Overall, I wouldn't reccomend this. It tastes horrible and is a waste of 25p.
We don't usually buy the cheap lemonade from our supermarket, tending to buy the brand name. Having said that, when we saw Sainsbury's were selling a large bottle for only 18p we thought we'd give just the one bottle a try to see what it tasted like.
The bottle is very plainly and very simply packaged in white with the familiar orange bad. The pop is nice and fizzy and 'normal' lemonade colour. It smells like lemonade too but the taste is not so nice.
It leaves a sort of odd taste in my mouth, on my tongue and to the back of my throat. The little lad says it's nice and he really seems to like it but then he will say that of any fizzy drink you put in front of him.
My other half says it's okay bu that she prefers our usual brand. We bough this to try out to see what it's like for mixing drinks with for New Years Eve as we are having some friends to our house. I don't think though we will be serving this up with any alcohol as it'll ruin the taste.
It actually tastes like a cheap lemonade and if you hae actually tasted a bog standard cheap lemonade then you'll know exaclty what I mean. It also makes me want to drink either a cup of tea or a large glass of water afterwards due to the fac that it leaves this odd taste in my mouth which stays there for ages after I have drunk any.
I can't recommend this lemonade it's just too cheap and nasty.
I don't often shop in Sainsbury's but recently I gave it a go and whilst in there I bought the Sainsbury's Basics Lemonade. As it was a home brand product I thought it would be reasonably decent, I didn't think so much of a comprimise on taste would have to be made to be able to sell it for 18pence! How very wrong I was unfortunately!
The branding is quite simple, with a red and white label and just the basic information about the product on it. For 18pence I didn't think it would be a match for Schweppes, but I had hoped for it to be drinkable. I mainly drink lemonade with a dash of lime, so I bought the usual Roses Lime to mix with this lemonade. After I drank my lemon and lime the first time I didn't really expect such a weak taste. The lime overpowered the lemonade and I thought I had just got my measurements wrong. In the end I drank the lemonade on its own to see what it tasted like and I were not impressed.
Lemonade is meant to taste like lemons, this drink doesnt! The taste was very artificial and it left a furryness on my tongue. I find with premium brands of leomonade that there is much more depth. This lemonade doesnt even taste good when it is flat. This lemonade is full of artificial sweeteners and additives and I doubt it would even appeal to many children either to be honest.
I have since finished the bottle off mixing it with the odd glass of vodka but the taste is very chemical in flavour and I think that the quality is very much a reflection of the price. Branded lemonades are sometimes on offer and in the future I will be looking to sticking to named brands and stocking up when I get chance.
I figured this might be a good idea for a change as you can always use this stuff to mix with lager, wine or spirits if it isn't of the highest quality.
It isn't of the highest quality in any sense, this is a cheap basics range lemonade which fully lives up to the billing, with the cheap white and orange label, it doesn't look appealing and when you taste it, your second thought is 'well at least it tastes like it looks!', unfortunately your first thought is 'ugh'.
Available only in Sainsburys, this basics lemonade is cheap, I won't say it is a bargain, as a bargain would infer that it is good value, unfortunately it is cheap but not good value as it has little taste other than a metallic aftertaste.
When you drink it on its own it is an interesting experience as you do start to wonder about the chemicals and odd flavour of it, it tastes machine made, full of artificial sweetener and additives, the lemon hint is the metallic taste, so clearly this is a derivative lemon additive.
The price is 18p for two litres, which is incredibly cheap, if you add it to Vodka, its not good, as it gives a tainted taste to the drink, add it to a strong lager and it does soften both flavours making it almost drinkable, but you will ruin any wine by adding this as a spritzer so leave it well alone.
I can appreciate it is cheap and might appeal to people, but it has a horrible taste which really shouldn't find many people rushing to repeat taste it, therefore i'd check a few other flavours and own brands in different supermarkets until you find one which suits you, this isn't a patch on Tescos value lemonade therefore i'd recommend that over this any day.
I have a bit of a thing about lemon at the moment. I drink lemon tea and most cold drinks are lemon squashes. I don't often drink lemonade but bought this yesterday, primarily as a mixer to use with lemon squash to give me a cheap fizzy lemon drink. I make up several 500ml bottles and keep them in the fridge to drink when the fancy takes me.
Anyway, I have poured myself a glass of this Diet Lemonade this afternoon and for the ridiculously cheap price of 18p for a 2l bottle, it isn't as bad as I thought it might be, providing a decent amount of fizz and a broadly acceptable sweet taste, although it has to be said that it isn't very lemony at all.
The drink is made with only natural colours and flavours and has only trace amounts of all the nasties such as sugar, fat and salt. A 250ml serving contains only 1 calorie. Compared to so many soft drinks this is pretty damned healthy stuff. They tell us that the only sweetener they use is sucralose.
The product comes with a money back guarantee; the bottle is fully recyclable and the product is suitable for vegetarians and vegans so it ticks most of the boxes.
Not mad about what is quite an insipid taste but if I were thirsty, a glassful of this wouldn't really touch the sides and it would certainly be OK to give any visiting sprogs. I will use it mostly with squash concentrate to make a fizzy drink. I have already tried it like this and the stronger squash easily outmuscles the taste of the Diet Lemonade and the whole drink tastes AOK.
Oh! - Pardon me! - I forgot to say - It's a bit windy! (parp, parp! - waft- waft!)
I'm a big fan of the Sainsbury's Basics range and have been really impressed with the quality of the products. Unfortunately, Sainsbury's Basics Lemonade is not their finest hour!
As usual with this range of products, the price is spot on; at 18p for a 2 litre bottle, it's almost cheaper than tap water! Unfortunately, the lack of finesse is apparent as soon as you open the bottle.
This Lemonade has a very strange chemically taste, possibly caused by the gas used to carbonate it. It is extremely fizzy for the first ten minutes or so and then goes very flat, very quickly. Not good.
The synthetic, saccharine taste is really a sticking point for me. Now I know that lemonade is not the most natural of products on the market, especially in the clear rather than cloudy varieties. Sainsbury's Basics Lemonade, however, takes this to new heights - there is nothing remotely lemony about it!
As with all the products in the Sainsbury's Basics range, the packaging is low budget but functional. All the necessary nutritional info is clearly presented on the label using Sainsbury's traffic light system (green = healthy, orange = caution, red = unhealthy). Simples!
Surprisingly this drink is actually not at all bad for you. That is to say that in terms of nutritional value it is low calorie (4kcal per serving), and has only a trace of fat or sugar.
So in terms of price and nutritional value this drink scores quite highly, it is just the massively disappointing taste that lets it down. In fact the taste is so bad that I would be inclined to award it a 1out of 5 rating. However the price is so reasonable that I have added an extra star: still a very unimpressive 2 out of 5!
As I was on a smaller budget for food shopping I had been trying to save up for a change and not get carried away with spending too much money instead of just buying brand name products. I decided to try the basics lemonade for a change as I normally would walk past it in the supermarket with no incline as to buy it. I bought a 2 litre bottle for around 18p which has to be even cheaper than one small can of drink.
It did not taste as good as the other lemonade drinks that I would normally buy but considering how cheap it is I guess I should not really complain much. However it does tend to lose its fizzyness quite quickly so it's probably best to place it in the fridge straight away and consume it within 2 days for best results.
I decided to add some blackcurrant juice to give it more flavour which helped to give the lemonade a nicer sweeter taste instead of it being a bit bland.
Overall it's not too bad for the price but I don't think this would be to most people's taste. However I recommend you try it for yourselves. 3/5
We don't buy a lot of lemonade here, preferring to opt for coke, fanta or other flavoured fizzy drinks when we buy fizz. However, I had to cater for a gathering of family and friends after a funeral recently, and as we were getting sandwich platters from Sainsburys, that was where we went for everything else as well.
To me, lemonade is lemonade. There's a little difference in the sweetness, or the acidity, or the lemon flavour, but really, I don't find much of a difference from the basic/value products all the supermarkets produce compared to their more expensive versions, or the branded lemonades such as R Whites and so on. It's not like cola where there is a huge difference in flavours after all.
This particular event we wanted fruit juice, lemonade, and there would also be tea and coffee provided. Fruit juice and Lemonade would both be served in jugs, so no one was ever going to know which brand it was that we'd chosen! The 2 litre bottles of Sainsburys Basics Lemonade were priced at just 18p as opposed to their regular bottle which was 43p. We went for the basics range and bought 6 bottles which we knew would be more than enough as most people would opt for tea or coffee.
Although I didn't drink any at the gathering, I did bring a couple of unused bottles home with me, and have since drunk some of it. The flavour is quite unremarkable really. It's not super lemony, it's not super sweet or super acidic either. In fact it tastes as I expect lemonade to taste. I'm not a brand snob, and for me the reality is that if I can spend 18p instead of 43p or more on something like this, I will do it.
The bottle is recyclable, the paper wrapper around it IS actually paper, which makes it recyclable too - much better than a plastic wrapper which you can't recycle in my opinion. Like all basics range products the label is white and orange and simply tells you what you need to know without any fuss or fluff.
Overall my opinion is that this is just as good as any other lemonade in terms of flavour, and better than some as every part of the packaging is recycleable. It is cheap and consistent and you can't really ask more.
We get thought so much pop it's unbelievable on average we buy around 6-8 bottles per week. This can get expensive even when purchasing the shops own brands. But we decided to go even cheaper and get the Sainsbury's basic lemonade. We mix lemonade with fruit juice so it doesn't need to be off the top quality in our eyes.
Sainsbury's basic lemonade is very bland and plain and I have found when you have opened the bottle, if you leave it in the fridge overnight it no longer has its sparkle taste and becomes very flat, However tight you do the bottle up.
It's great for the price at only 18p per 2 litre bottle, where as leading brands such as Schweppes Lemonade also in a two litre bottle is price at £1.05. So I suppose if you open a bottle a day it's not going to break the bank.
Overall it's not the best quality lemonade out of all the shop brands. But it satisfies.
Many a time I've been sitting with friends, miles away from payday, thirsty and hungry whilst we've counted out our collective monies and made a trip to the nearest supermaret to buy own-brand cheap stuff to sustain us through the munchies!
Sainsburys Basics Lemonade is one of the things I've tried during one of those occasions.
The bottle is 2 Litres of clear plastic with a white and orange lable - it's a very simple design.
It looks at first glance like it has water in it, but for around 20p it's not such a loss if it taste rubbish, so we bought it.
On first opening it gives a little 'fzzzzzz' as the bubbles all rise to the top - then stops. It seems that was all the fizz it had!
It smells promising, sweet and lemony.
When you take your first sip you'll get the taste of what water would taste like if it had cardboard left in it for a week, then sweetener and a dash of lemon added - it's not 100% foul but it comes awfully damned close.
It feels really gassy in your stomach, despite not looking it.
In times when you're a skint student or just miles away from payday, it will do at a push.
However, this is the worst own-brand Lemonade I've tried to date.
Well I have a fairly large family and as you would expect this means that I have big shopping bills. I like to enjoy some of the good things in life and let my children have treats at the same time. This basics lemonade is perfect for this as it's just 18p for a 2 litre bottle so I can afford to buy a few each week and let the children have a little glass after school.
The lemonade comes in a plastic bottle and everything about it tells you that this is an economy product and it's not the sort of thing you would leave out on the side to show off with.
The lemonade is clear in colour and very fizzy. As soon as I opened the bottle it fizzed up and if I have left one of my little ones to open it up I'm never surprised to find that they have spilt some, usually all over themselves and my kitchen floor.
This lemonade has a wonderful fizz to it initially although it does have a slight chemical taste to it that's a little off putting. The fizz doesn't last very long and a bottle of this is usually flat within just a few hours of opening but that might be because three of my children are regularly opening the bottle to pour out another few mouthfuls. The lemonade does have a faint lemon taste to it although it's more a sugary taste than anything else. The sugary taste is one that sticks around in my mouth after tasting this and while the bubbles are fun and tickle my nose a little they don't really add anything to the lemonade. The lemonade really is quite average and while the price is fantastic the taste of this is nothing special. My children do like this lemonade though and so I am happy to continue buying it and let them have some in moderation.
Each 250ml serving contains just 1 calorie & nothing else. This means that it's fine for little ones and it's just the fizz that may cause a few problems with their teeth which is why I limit the intake that my children have. It's nice to give them a treat from time to time but I don't want them to drink solely lemonade and fizzy things so this is something that they see as a treat.
OK, so I've been reviewing a lot of basics food lately (I do buy food at full price), so I thought I'd write a review of this.
I bought it for a house party to use as a mixer (for which, by the way, it worked fine), but we had a bottle or two left over and so I tried it on its own.
It comes in regular basics packaging, with the ingredients and wheel of health on it. It is suitable for vegetarians and no vegans so no nasty surprises there (who would put meat or dairy products in fizzy drinks anyway?!). Cost is about 20p per 2ltr bottle.
The first thing to note is it isn't that fizzy - it's quite carbonated when you first open it but it goes flat in your glass! Not to mention the fact that if you don't drink it in one go and store it in the fridge it goes flat immediately.
Taste wise it was pretty bland and artificial - not a great deal going on and certainly not lemony. I was left feeling really let down and dissatisfied with the taste - it was quite cloying - not refreshing at all. On top of that it tasted really artificial...yuk!
So I guess my verdict is this: I would stay away if you're looking to drink this on its own (especially seeing as Sainsbury's own brand non basics lemonade is only about 50p per bottle), but if you're having a party and want to make 'cocktails' in buckets it is good as a cheap way to bulk the mixture up!