I bought a bottle of this the other week when at Sainsbury's. There is a branch of Sainsbury's near to my home, so a nice easy convenient shop to nip to for a few essential. Yes, their prices can be a bit more expensive than the other Supermarkets around here, but I think that their prices have got better thesedays and some of their offers are pretty good at times.
This comes in a 2 litre bottle. I'm not 100% sure how much I paid for this as I bought a few bits and pieces but I think it was around the £1 mark. I may be wrong though!!
The bottle looks alright. You can see the liquid through the plastic bottle and it is just a light yellow cloudy look. The label looks quite simple and I think the label looks a bit old fashioned.
I do like the odd drink of Cloudy Lemonade but it has always been normal Cloudy Lemonade that I had and not diet so I was keen to see what the lower calorie one was like. PEr 250ml this has 8 calories so although a bit more calories than other Fizzy Juices you can still work the odd few glasses of this into your daily calorie content.
How did I find this Juice? It is nice. It does have a Tart taste to it which I find that Cloudy does have but this wasn't overly Tart and that could be because that it is Diet. This has 4% Real Lemon Juice in it, and although that may not sound like a lot there is plenty of Lemon taste through this. This is Fizzy enough but I found the next day I went to drink this quite a lot of the Fizz seemed to have went. It was still drinkable though and I finished the bottle 4 days later and it still had a bit fizz in it.
A nice Juice and although I won't buy this all that regular as I do prefer Diet Irn Bru and Diet Coke this makes a nice change.
I love Cloudy Lemonade, and given how seemingly packed with sugar and other sweeteners it was, I imagined there wasn't a way to come up with a diet, low-calorie version without severely diminishing the taste. Impressively, though, this tastes pretty much as good as the regular article, and therefore it means that dieters are going to have a far easier time dropping the pounds and trimming the calories.
Admittedly I am not dieting. I bought this 2-litre bottle because the regular Cloudy Lemonade was out of stock at my local store, and I was curious to see whether the sour, robust taste of the regular product could be well replicated given that the bottle boasts that a 250ml glass of this Diet Cloudy Lemonade has a mere 8 calories. Still, it has the same extremely sour taste, which causes me to wonder, how have they managed it?
Well, it's worth knowing that these diet products are packed with sweeteners which are rather slyly not given any mention on the bottle, but this is still a lot better for you than the original product, and for the most part still retains the same sweet, almost saccharine taste of the original. It is heavily carbonated and fizzes a lot when you first open the bottle, so beware. The taste is also a matter of divisiveness as I imagine many will find it simply too sweet, but this is also true of the original product so I doubt this version will give Cloudy Lemonade any new fans. I will admit that I can't drink too many glasses in a row due to the incredibly sour taste, but it is one that I enjoy.
Sweetener debate aside, this retains the same taste as before while being a lot better for you.
I usually don't like fizzy pop, but the other night i had a craving so today ordered some diet cloudy lemonade.
What do Sainsbueys say?
They say this is a carbonated low calorie lemon flavoured drink with sweeteners.
47p for a huge two litre bottle. There are only 8 calories in a 250ml serving.
What i think?
I know that all diet drinks are from the devil because of the rubbish sweeteners that are in them, but im going to avoid that subject as im dieting and i can't cut out everything. As you open the screw cap there is a satisying fizz. The drink it HIGHLY carbonated so watch out the first time you open. Once its poured into the glass you are met with a pungent lemon smell. For me i like to let the glass sit for a few minutes before drinking, otherwise i find it too fizzy and end up burping and thats not a good look for a woman! I'm not used to drinking full sugar drinks so can't compare, but this does taste very sweet and i think i would prefer it to be more tart. However the lemon taste is fairly natural, not artificial tasting (even though we all know better!!!). I could happily drink a couple of glasses of this in an evening if im off the alcohol. I couldn't to this with say coke or dandelion and burdock as they are just aren't as refreshing as this, well to me anyway. A bottle usually lasts on our house for no more than three days, so the bottle stays fizzy until we've drained the last mouthful. I'm not sure how this would measure up if you kept it for a week or so.
All in all a great refreshing drink, a little too fizzy and sweet but really not bad.
For some reason best known to my good lady wife she recently returned from Sainsbury`s with a bottle of this Sainsbury's Diet Cloudy Lemonade. It not only looks awful but it tastes it too in my opinion and after just the one glass with ice I never tried it again.
The two litre bottle cost only 41p but even at that low price was poor value for money in my view, it is also available in six packs of 330ml cans at a cost of £1.15 according to my wife but as I say it is not good so you do not want to be buying it in any form.
This lemonade is very fizzy, too fizzy if anything and it has a very strong lemon taste which some may like but for me lemonade should have just a sugary sweet hint of lemon.
The biggest problem with this for me was the strong throat catching lemon taste, but it also has a very nasty aftertaste which I found to be there for a good while after drinking.
It is cheap and low in calories so I can understand people wishing to try it but take it from me there are far better options available such as Schweppes or Barr`s diet lemonades which not only taste better but they are clear like we all know our lemonades to be and not the retro cloudy that looks like dishwater that this stuff offers up!
Sainsburys diet cloudy lemonade is, apparently made with real lemons. Always a bonus, dont you think, when a food product you buy actually contains what the label suggests is in it?
This cloudy lemonade is also available in a non-diet version, but its the diet version that Im going to concentrate on for this review. Im reviewing the 2ltr bottle, which Sainsburys sell at 41p each, but it is also available in a six-pack of 330ml cans, at £1.09 per pack
The 2ltr bottle is clear plastic with a blue lid and a picture of a glass of lemonade on the front, so as you can tell the packaging is nothing out of the ordinary. It should be fairly easy to spot on the shelves though, as its cloudy (the clue is in the name) unlike the clear lemonade were more used to buying nowadays.
The label tells me that a 250ml glass provides 8 cals, traces of fat and salt and 1.3g sugar. As far as Im aware thats reasonable for a diet drink, but I cant pretend to be an expert, as Im more interested in how a drink tastes than its calorie content. However, I can reassure you that the Sainsburys colour wheel on the front of the bottle is nicely green. The label also proudly proclaims only natural flavours in pretty big writing on the front, and its only when we get to the back of the label that the small print tells us that this drink does contain the preservatives Potassium Sorbate and Sulpher Dioxide, oh, and sulphites for you allergy sufferers, whatever they may be.
I was very intrigued by a note on the back of the label informing me that Sainburys care about quality and thats why theyre improved their soft drinks. Apparently, they are now made using only natural colours and flavours. They dont use Benzoate preservatives or Aspartame sweetener (this lemonade is sweetened with Sucralose). If you want more information they advise you to visit www.sainsburys.co.uk. I do, so Im checking that right now. The website informs me that:
From June 2007 Sainsburys will be looking to use natural colours and fruit and vegetable extracts as colouring agents in drinks. Where flavourings are used, these will be from the named fruits and from other natural sources. In addition, Sainsburys is replacing Aspartame amongst other sweeteners in low calorie drinks with Sucralose, a sweetener made from sugar that tastes like sugar.
So great news for all of those whose body is a temple.
Theres also good news for me because this drink is suitable for vegetarians and vegans, though Ill be honest, Id be pretty worried if it wasnt. What kind of lemonade would they be making that contained meat products?
To be absolutely honest there isnt really all that much more I can tell you about this product just from looking at it. Its your basic bottle of pop, weve all seen them and know what were looking at, so lets get on with the important bit, the tasting.
Ok, first of all theres an impressive burst of fizz when I first remove the top. The label kindly informs me that this soft drink is best served chilled, so Ive gone to great lengths to refrigerate it (moving a bottle of coke to one side to make room) and the lemonade is now nicely cold. My first taste (of this bottle, Ive drunk many bottles before) reminds me of why I like this drink so much. Its obviously nicely chilled and refreshing, it is, after all, a glass of lemonade straight from the fridge. Its also got a nice fizz to it and a hint of sharpness from the lemons, thank heavens, theres nothing worse than a sickly sweet lemonade. Having said that, its not too sharp, in fact, the sweet and sharp elements of the drink are very nicely balanced, with just enough bite to make this a proper, grown up soft drink.
If youre a cloudy lemonade virgin you may wonder what the difference is between this and ordinary lemonade. Well, as far as I can tell the only noticeable difference is that your ordinary lemonade is clear, and cloudy lemonade is cloudy (sometimes referred to as traditional). If there is any other difference between them Im yet to spot it, although cloudy lemonades do tend to taste more of real lemons than some lemonades, which taste more of chemicals, to be honest.
The label informs me that this product is best within three days of opening, but Ill be honest with you, even with only me drinking it three days would be a very long time for one bottle to last. I tend to keep a bottle next to me on the desk and top my glass up as I go, this way a 2 ltr bottle tends to last me one day, sometimes a little longer. Drinking it this way does mean that by the time Ive got to the bottom of the bottle, the lemonade is at room temperature, not its preferred chilled but that has really never been an issue for me. It may be at its best served chilled, but its also exceptionally nice served slightly warm. In fact, Id bet thisd make a lovely warming drink served hot in winter with a spoonful of honey stirred in.
I havent found anything to complain about in this cloudy lemonade, but if I absolutely had to criticize anything about it at all, Id say that it does lose its fizz a little faster than its competitors. Once the fizz has died down, the sharpness of the lemons is more noticeable, but as I actually prefer my lemonade to be a little on the bitter side, this is not a problem for me at all. The opposite, in fact.
PS This product contains 4% lemon juice (from concentrate) and, somewhat surprisingly, actually smells of lemonade.