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So if you want to feel refreshed AF then this is the drink for you!
I first had this in an italian restaurant in the UK as part of a drink called a 'Vodka Limonata' - literally San Pel with Vodka in it - simple but pure heaven. So then I was hooked.
It's available in all your standard supermarkets and actually they've just started serving this in Wetherspoons UK for the absolute bargain price of 99p - insane considering I pay up to £3 for this if I go out to an Italian restaurant!
It's perfect for me as a lover of lemon flavored anything and also anything sour - the sourer the better! IF you're not a huge fan of sourness or sharpness then I would say avoid this drink, Xos its hella sharp. But in my opinion that just makes it extra thirst quenching and really hits the spot!
So two downsides for other people to consider would be a) if you don't like sour, don't go there and b) the cost - DEPENDING where you purchase from.
The can: as a european product (it is italian) it has the european style can's, with a similar shape and size to UK can's but with an eliptical shape to the drinking hole- this forces you to drink the product slower- a great idea considering how dammed expensive it is!
The can's also come topped with silver foil, which one must remove in order to drink the beverage- not only is this a novelty that never gets old, and never stops making you feel like you're drinking a premium beverage- but it also has practical and hygienic value too- never before had I thought about how disgusting it was that we just put out mouths on those can's that have been sitting there for days!
In terms of taste all the san pellegrino products are unbeatable, as they all contain a generous splash of fruit juice. In this case it's 16% lemon juice, proudly written on the front of the can- so before you even whip open that can you know you are in for a bitter ride.
I am a huge huge fan of strong flavous, so I adore the taste of this drink, but if you're not so adventurous you might find you can't finish the can- not great when they can cost up to a £1 each if you buy just the one can. My advice is to buy a multipack and if you don't like them just give the rest away and reap friend points.
it is every inch a premium product, and a cut above everything else on the market- as a self confessed lemonade snob this is the only serious canned lemonade, so if you want a nice drink but don't want to carry a 750ml bottle of belvoir, the this is a credible alternative.
Delicious, refreshing and a fun drinking experience.
Being quite a fan of Italian food I tend to look out for offers on Italian restaurants such as Prezzo and to keep costs down I will often opt to have a soft drink rather than alcohol. One soft drink that I find a lot of Italian restaurants sell is Sanpellegrino Limonata, a sparkling lemon beverage made with lemon juice. This is a lovely drink which is very tangy and refreshing and one that I have recently discovered can now be purchased in some supermarkets too.
The Limonata comes packaged in 330ml cans and can either be purchased in single cans or in multi-packs of 6. My last purchase was of a single 330ml can from a Sainsbury's local store for £0.79. This may seem quite expensive for a single can of soft drink but in my opinion it is worth it as the drink is made in Italy and contains 16% lemon juice which is much higher than most fruit flavoured soft drinks.
The cans are made out of aluminium with a ring pull opening, the cans do have a foil peel able seal which fits over the top of the can which makes the can look quite pretty. The can is yellow in colour at the bottom and blue at the top, there is a picture of fresh lemons on the front and some basic nutritional information. On the back of the can you can find more detailed information about the drink including full ingredients listings, storage instructions and full nutritional information.
Although the Limonata drink contains 16% lemon juice it does also contain a fairly high amount of sugar which does push up the calorie content. Each 330ml can contains 33.0g of sugar and 149 calories. Personally this makes this drink a treat for me as I like to keep my sugar intake as low as possible and try and drink sugar free soft drinks where possible.
The drink itself is a cloudy colour, it does have a lovely fresh lemon fragrance and a good amount of fizz. I love the taste of this drink as it is the most refreshing and tasty sparkling lemon drink I have tried. It does not taste in anyway artificial and has a zesty, tangy flavour. It is best served cold and over ice which makes it even more refreshing especially on a nice summers day. In my personal opinion this is a lovely drink and certainly worth the money for an occasional treat.
I'm generally not a fan of fizzy drinks. All that gas plays havoc with my constitution! Not to mention the sugar/sweetener content, so this Limonata is strictly for a special treat. I first encountered San Pellegrino drinks in my local Bella Italia restaurant where they specialise in Italian branded drinks. The can is a beautiful bright yellow with a picture of ripe lemons and the company logo. The cans are topped with a pretty foil lid which reminds me of the old fashioned Ski yoghurt pots, the ones which looked like milk churns (maybe that's just me). I don't know what purpose this lid serves as the can is sealed with a ring pull, but it is very decorative. The only thing I can think of is that it keeps the bit you drink from clean?
The drink is not too fizzy, gently sparkling is a better description, which means that you get more of the taste, which is divine. This is a very fresh tasting drink, the natural lemon juice flavour shines through and it is quite sharp but not sour. It does contain sugar yet doesn't seem overly sweet. San Pellegrino also do a gorgeous blood orange version. I have actually drunk this limonata in Italy, naturally it tastes even better there, but even when I drink it here in dreary England I'm instantly transported to the lemon groves of sunny Sicily. The price for a pack of six cans is £3.49 in Sainsburys which is more expensive than many of the other brands but this is the real deal, and therefore, in my opinion, worth the higher price tag.
San Pellegrino is an Italian brand who offer fresh, fruity drinks. They use citrus fruits including lemon, orange (various types) and grapefruit in their drinks.
'Sparkling lemon beverage'
This lemon drink is made from lemons which are sun-ripened in the South of Italy. It has 16% lemon juice concentrate, mineral water and sugar as the main ingredients. Served chilled, it should quench a thirst. It is available in two types of packaging - a small glass bottle and a can.
Each 330ml can has just under 150 calories and 10g of sugar.
Limonata isn't as easy to locate like a can of Coca Cola. You can purchase it online from stores such as Amazon for under £10 including delivery (6 pack of cans). If you shop on the Ocado website, you can buy this pack for £4.05. Local food halls may also stock this.
Despite being a big fizzy drinks fan, I rarely shy away from the usual suspects ie Irn Bru and Coca Cola. Yesterday, I was browsing the food hall in Jenners (Edinburgh) and spotted a few cans of San Pellegrino. I tried the lemon first and bought the orange today. I wanted something a little bit different from my regular drinks. I paid £1.15 a can which isn't a massive amount but certainly isn't crazy cheap either. Despite the awful weather in Scotland, I was desperate for something refreshing to drink after a train journey with various bags.
The packaging of the can is definitely attractive. It is mainly yellow with lemons pictured on the front. It is finished off with a little foil casing around the top of the can which allows it to look more special than your regular lemon drink (yes Sprite and 7UP - I mean you!). Anyway, the most important aspect is the taste. I consumed my Limonata straight from the fridge and straight out of the can. You could pour it over some ice on a warm day or use it as a mixer should you wish to. I just wanted a pleasant drink as I was feeling rather flustered!
Limonata has a lovely fizz - not too harsh but certainly not a weak, watery fizz. It has a fresh, lemon scent as you would expect. If you are a fan of the sweeter Lemon based drinks such as Sprite, this may not suit you. The lemon flavour is quite strong and is more natural in flavour than any lemon drink I have ever had before. It is very fresh and ultimately thirst quenching from the first sip. The lemon flavour is very evident. There is a fruity, slightly sweet flavour at first which is incredibly refreshing and tamed a little by the water in the drink. The aftertaste of the drink is quite strong and is very bitter but not overpowering.
Limonata is of a high quality and rich in flavour. It is more special than regular lemonade and is so much nicer than regular, lemon flavour sparkling water. It is an acquired taste in my opinion as not everyone will appreciate the natural, bitter flavouring from the fresh lemons. My sister had a sip and found it a little too harsh for her taste buds. I couldn't drink it daily but as an occasional refresher I would happily buy it again if I could get my hands on a few cans! It is high in sugar so take care with that.
Overall a special lemon drink and recommended!
Thanks for reading x
I first came across San Pellegrino Limonata when I was dying of thirst waiting for a very long delayed train. I normally steer well clear refreshment kiosks on station platforms because I know you pay through the nose for most things they sell. I didn't have much choice on that occasion, so I bought the only cold drink they had that wasn't water. I am glad I did, because I discvovered a delicious drink.
I recognised San Pellegrino as an Italian company that produces mineral water, but I had not tried any products from their sparking fruit drink range before. Although I call this drink lemonade, San Pellegrino themselves call it a "sparkling lemon beverage", I presume to emphasise that it is perhaps more natural than many similar drinks. It contains 16% lemon juice, sparkling water and natural flavourings, as well as sugar. The drink is apparently based on a traditional Italian recipe, and the company are keeen to stress the drinks heritage. San Pellegrino have existed since 1899, and I can see why they have lasted so long!
You can buy the limonata in a 20cl glass bottle or a 330ml can. I buy the can because it seems the easiest to find. I don't normally pay too much attention to the packaging of a drink, but San Pellegrino seem to have put quite a bit of effort into making their cans look attractive. It is yellow and pale blue, and looks as fresh and summery as the drink tastes. The top of the can is covered with a foil cap. I can't really see the point of it to be honest - you can't use it to re-seal the can. It is described as a dust cap, but I can't say that I have ever had to dust many cans before I buy them! At least it can be recycled, along with the can itself.
The taste is fantastic. The lemon flavour is very strong, and it makes you realise how little most lemon drinks actually taste of the fruit. There is a acidic tartness to it, even though sugar has been added. It is delicious when served really cold, and if you can pour it into a glass with ice cubes, it is better still. Personally, I find that the lemon taste is so strong, that I can't drink a whole can at once. I don't think this is a drink to be gulped down, but to be savoured in small sips. If I want something to really quench my thirst, I would normally choose something with a milder flavour that I would find easier to drink in larger quantities. That may just be me though, and I have to say, that on the first day I bought it, the small amount I did drink really refreshed my dry mouth. It isn't as fizzy as most lemonades, but there is a pleasant amount of bubbles bursting on your tongue.
As lemon juice is naturally tart, I wasn't surprised to see that sugar had been added to the drink. It contains 37% of an adults RDA , so it isn't something I would want to drink everyday. It is nice as a treat though. The other reason I wouldn't buy it too often is the price. I paid £1.40 for a can at the station. Thankfully it is available for less in the supermarkets. I most recently paid 70p in Sainsbury's, which is quite a difference in price! It is a good quality drink though, and I am prepared to pay a premium for something that isn't just artificailly flavoured sugar water.
I would recommend this to you if you like lemon drinks, as the flavour is unmistakeable. It is a lovely change from sickly sweet carbonated drinks, but just be aware of the sugar content. I am going to seek out the companies other sparkling fruit drinks, as I am sure they must be well worth tyring if the limonata is anything to go by!
[This review also appears on Ciao under my user name.]
I tend not to drink a lot of fizzy drinks these days. In years gone by I drank Diet Coke almost exclusively but when I stopped smoking in 2005 I also decided to try to cut down on the caffeine - I mean let's face it nicotine and caffeine are just made for one another!
My daughter likes some fizzy drinks but I try to steer her towards the diet varieties and also insist she drinks plain water too as even sugar free fizzy drinks can wreak havoc on teeth. I make an exception for one brand of fizzy drinks - San Pellegrino - because it's something both of us really enjoy - but only as a treat.
San Pellegrino is probably best known for its Italian sparkling mineral water - which is named for the town of San Pellegrino in Bergamo. They also produce what they describe as "sparkling fruit beverages" in both lemon and orange flavours - or Limonata and Aranciata as it says on the can.
The San Pellegrino brand was bought out by Nestle in 1997 and the drinks are available throughout Europe and further afield as a result. I personally am not a huge fan of Nestle on ethical grounds but they are such a vast company it can be hard to avoid them sometimes - and I didn't find out they were part of the Nestle brand until fairly recently.
I first saw the San Pellegrino sparkling fruit beverages in a branch of Eat in Manchester 3 years ago. I was getting breakfast in there and I found the cans rather appealing - they had a foil topping and looked rather fetching.
They were expensive however - I can't recall offhand what I paid that day but it was certainly more than your average can of fizzy drink but I wasn't disappointed by the taste. Since then I have been a huge fan of these drinks and would head to a branch of Eat whenever I was near one (and that doesn't happen too often due to their only Scottish branches being at airports) for a fix.
Over the years I have found these for sale in shops however and Sainsburys is currently selling both the Limonata and Araciata in 6 packs for the rather staggering price of £3.89. Waitrose also stock it. Until fairly recently Costco were selling the Araciata only in 24 packs for a rather more favourable price but unfortunately they seem to have stopped carrying it. I've also seen it for sale in a local Spar store in the past - with an offer on of 2 cans for £1.
Due to the price and the high sugar content, this has to remain a rare treat for us but there's no doubt that if you are after a fizzy drink which is a cut above the rest then San Pellegrino Limonata will fit the bill.
The can is a bog standard 330 ml one - like any other really - but the foil trim on top and the yellow and blue design of the can - complete with brand logo and a picture of two very refreshing looking lemons on the front - for some reason just gives this more class than a can of Fanta.
However aesthetics don't mean anything if the product doesn't live up to expectations and the bottom line has to be - does this taste any good? Well so far as I am concerned, the answer is a resounding yes. I love a traditional lemonade and San Pellegrino Limonata is the best I have tasted in Europe from a can. Actually scrub that - it's the best lemonade I have tasted from a can anywhere. It comes close to my favourite freshly made lemonade that I get in the US but that just doesn't travel well.
Limonata is sparkling but not excessively so. I really don't care for a very fizzy drink so it's nice to not be hit by froth as soon as you open the can. Taste wise this doesn't come across as too sweet but believe me - there's a lot of sugar in there. What comes across more is the slightly bitter, but ultimately very appealing, taste of lemons when you drink Limonata. I find it one of the most refreshing drinks I have ever tried and even just half a can will make you feel almost instantly hydrated.
The reason why it tastes so good is because it contains 16% lemon juice - which is rather a high percentage for this kind of fizzy drink. This gives it a sharp and tangy lemon flavour and there's no unpleasant aftertaste either - instead you are left with a gently lingering and rather lovely sense of lemon on your tastebuds.
Unfortunately the good news stops there - when it comes to sugar content you are looking at 10 grams in one can - which is 37% of your recommended daily allowance. So have three cans of Limonata in one day and you will be over the limit so to speak! Each can contains 149 calories too - so you can also see how these would add up over the course of a day if you were drinking several cans in a day.
The ingredients listed are as follows:-
*Reconstituted lemon juice (16%)
*Natural carbon dioxide
*Natural lemon flavouring
Even though this isn't a particularly healthy drink, it is a really delicious one. The fact it contains so much sugar and the high price tag means this is something I have to keep for a treat rather than something I drink - or allow my daughter to drink - on a regular basis. Because it's not as freely available as other soft drinks such as Coca Cola or Fanta, it means it's quite easy to keep this as a treat however.
I am also glad this isn't available in a diet version because I think a really decent lemonade has to be made with sugar to taste like a traditional and dare I say it genuine lemonade.
Limonata is the perfect summer drink - ideal for a picnic hamper or just for refreshment when you need to cool down. This isn't a drink for every day however - it's expensive and is definitely an upmarket brand so my advice is to treat yourself occasionally and savour every last drop of this wonderful beverage.