Product Type: San Pellegrino Soft Drink
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San Pellegrino Limonata
Member Name: rosebud2001
San Pellegrino Limonata
Advantages: Tastes wonderful - this is a very special lemonade
Disadvantages: Expensive, high sugar count
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.
Summary: Italian lemonade which knocks the socks off its UK rivals