Product Type: San Pellegrino Soft Drink
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You say lemonade, I say limonata
San Pellegrino Limonata
Member Name: ryeb
San Pellegrino Limonata
Advantages: Strong and natural taste, made with real lemons.
Disadvantages: Expensive, high in sugar.
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.]
Summary: A refreshing and very lemony drink.