Although I mostly drink squash throughout the day, during pregnancy I''m enjoying a bigger variety of soft drinks in the absence of alcoholic drinks. Therefore we seem to be getting through quite a lot of Tesco''s Diet Lemonade. We always buy diet drinks as don''t see the need for the extra sugar in non-diet drinks (would rather get my calories from food), and I''m not a person who is desperately worried about artificial sweeteners such as aspartame as I'm not convinced that it's actually that bad - it's not like I drink this constantly anyway.
The lemonade comes in a standard two litre bottle and the packaging is fairly basic. It tastes best out of the fridge but is fine when not chilled - my boyfriend doesn't seem to have a preference. It is nice on its own, but I also like it mixed with either orange (to make orangeade) or lemon squash (tastes a bit like bitter lemon) or orange juice for a bit of diversity. It tastes fairly natural considering it is a diet product, and I think is a lot nicer than the equivalent from Asda and Morrisons. It costs just 60p for a bottle or you can get three for one pound fifty (I have learnt that dooyoo don't let us post pound signs anymore) I think this is a great product and would give it 4 out of 5 stars - we will continue to buy this for a long time I think.
I usually get a mixture of this and the cloudy lemonade when I am having people over or a barbeque as Tesco regularly has their own brand drinks on for 4 for £2 or even better for two litres per bottle where as the coco cola name brands are maybe £1.69 just for one 2 litre bottle and purchasing tins with your pizza generally is very poor value for money if you are on a budget and some of your guests are hesitant in bringing things to the party.
A lot of my friends also don't drink a lot of alcohol but the foods that we would eat when having a night in usually end up being quite salty which leads to a lot of drinks being consumed and these drinks I have found are pretty good considering the money you spend on them.
The diet lemonade is very fizzy when you first open it I would say more so than the name brand equivalents and it keeps its fizz just as long in my opinion considering we usually keep our drinks in the fridge most of the time. There is a mild taste of lemon not very sweet and it is quite refreshing and I generally think that it tastes better than diet sprite or 7UP or the Zero varieties as it doesn't have as much of a weird synthetic chemical after taste that comes with the name brands which I like.
Though I would say it only tastes nice ice cold, once it gets to room temperature you need to continue adding the ice though I generally feel this way with all fizzy drinks. Keeping them cool just makes them taste so much better.
The lemonade is clear in colour and maybe isn't as sticky as other diet lemonades I have had in the past and doesn't really stain in my experience and best of all it only contains 11 calories per average 250ml serving so you don't really have to keep an eye on how much of it you are drinking, unless of course you are using it for a spritzer or as a mixer as obviously you would have to compensate for your other added ingredients
The packaging doesn't look cheap either its quite appealing to the eye with a blue wrapper with bubbles and a picture of a serving suggestion of the contents within. This variety of lemonade contains real lemon juice and is suitable for vegetarians as well as nut free though funaly enough has a warning for opening the bottle in case you injure yourself from the pressure built up within the bottle, which I suppose is a valid liability.
You can find the offers in Tesco shops themselves or online on the Tesco website for the same deal. Or if you prefer you can buy them for 60p individually but if they aren't open they generally do keep for a very long time so it probably is worth saving the 80p for buying them in bulk
Tesco's Sparkling Diet Lemonade, not to be confused with Tesco's Everyday Value Sugar Free Lemonade!
I came across Tesco's Sparkling Diet Lemonade when I was looking for a cheaper tasty alternative as lemonade is essential in our household. I have tried a few different brands and types of cheaper lemonade which I have found watery and quite bland, but I was pleasantly surprised when I tried this product, as it was very lemony and bubbly great as a mixer but always amazing quality to be drank by itself. Best served chilled but stunning lemony taste with or without refrigerating.
Now I always have at least 4 bottles stocked in my kitchen and highly recommend it to anyone!
I always prefer the diet products over the full sugar products as they have a HUGE amount of calorie and sugar difference and doesn't make you feel as bloated, a lot of the time they taste just as good, if not better to me.
Tesco's have recently changed their packaging from a blue labeled 2 litre clear bottle with an image of lemonade and lemon bursting out of the glass, to a more attractive eye-catching clear 2 litre bottle with a shiny silver base and a big yellow and blue foiled logo that says; Old favourites, Tesco, Sparking Diet Lemonade, made with lemon juice. With a logo of No added sugar and no artificial flavourings, with the nutritional content of a suggested 250ml serving, clearly displayed.
It has a screw top average sized bottle lid which is white in colour.
AVAILABILITY AND PRICE
This is a Tesco Product which can only be found in Tesco's but great to stock up on as usually on an amazing offer of 4 for £2 which is 50p a 2 litre bottle. If you were to buy them individually it would be 60p per 2 litre bottle which is also great value. (correct as of July 2013)
Typical Values 250ml contains: Energy - 11kJ (3kcal) Protein - trace, Carbohydrate - trace, Sugars - trace, Fat - 0g, Saturates - 0g, Fibre - trace, Sodium - trace, Salt Equivalent - trace
Carbonated water, Lemon juice from concentrate (2%), Citric Acid, Acidity Regulator (Sodium Citrate), Flavourings, Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Sweeteners (Aspartame, Sodium Saccharin)
Suitable for Vegetarians
While shopping in my local Tesco I came across this sugar free sparkling lemonade and thought that I would give it a try seen as it was much more cheaper than other leading brands that I had tried before. In my house we are a big fan of fizzy drink and that seems to be all we drink so for 52p I thought that this would be a good idea as it is saving money as well as being the answer to our love for fizzy drinks even though lemonade isn't our favourite, I thought we had to give it a try as it cost next to nothing.
For a 2 litre bottle of the drink it cost only 52p which is an amazing price for any fizzy drink on the market. A great thing about this is that you can spend even more on the product by getting different flavours for a similar price.
The product comes in a tall plastic bottle with a label around it. On the label it is pretty basic, with a light blue and white background on and a picture of a glass of lemonade with ice and a lemon slice in. This is their effort to try and brighten up a pretty boring looking product but works fantastically and sums up what the product is about. Everything on the label is simple the ingredients and nutritional information is displayed simply on there too.
~~Ingredients and nutritional information~~
In a 250ml glass it contains:
2 calories (<1%)
0.4g of sugar (<1%)
fat traces (<1%)
saturates traces (<1%)
salt traces (<1%)
The drink also doesn't contain any artificial colours or flavourings which I guess is good for the health as well as it being low calorie.
~~What I like~~
For me what I like about the fizzy drink is the price at 52 p it can't get much cheaper than that otherwise they would be giving it away for nothing. I also like that it is low in calories and low in sugar. It is always nice to know that something your having isn't having much effect on your health like most fizzy drinks on the market.
~~What I don't like~~
However, on the whole I don't like the taste of the product you can tell that it is cheap and you can tell that is cheap and sugar free when you try it. The drink tastes like it has a mixture of gasses in which tend to leave you feeling bloated and having the hiccups like it is some sort of magic remedy. It is very very basic but what do expect for 52p.
I don't think I will be buying this product any time in a hurry even though it is so cheap.
I usually buy diet drinks as normal pop is full of sugars and to me is just wasted calories. That's not to say that diet fizzy drinks are healthy as they aren't but as a treat I do enjoy a glass or two of fizzy juice.
I really like lemonade as a refreshing alternative to cola but this one from Tesco isn't one that I would recommend to people as it isn't very nice and there are loads of others that you can but that taste much nicer.
When you unscrew the lid you immediately notice just how fizzy and carbonated this lemonade is. The slightest little movement of the bottle causes it to fizz over the top and make a mess. When you pour some in a glass the lemonade rises really high with fizz and you need to wait for it to settle again before you can even fill a glass.
Because it is so fizzy when you drink it I find that it tickles my throat and can cause me to get hiccups. Bizarrely even though it is overly fizzy as soon as you open it the lemonade starts to get flat really quickly and within a day of going to get some from the fridge it is flat even when I put the lid on tightly.
The taste isn't all that good either as it has an extremely artificial flavour to it and although it tastes really sweet when you first taste it the lemonade has a really bitter aftertaste that you really can notice.
As a mixer for Vodka this is just about acceptable but as a refreshing drink then I just wouldn't bother and would go for something else of a bit better quality. The only good thing about it is that it has very few calories but the trade of for this is that the taste isn't very nice.
Soft drinks are something that can be consumed quite quickly, whilst being quite expensive, especially if you insist on buying good, well known brands such as Coca Cola and Schweppes. Fortunately, with value brand drinks from supermarkets popping up all over the place, it is easy nowadays to save some money on soft drinks. Obviously, there is an element of truth to the fact that most things are expensive for a reason, and I was well aware that with value products, you are hardly going to get such good quality goods. However, if you balance the quality and the price to the right measure, you may be able to get a superb deal... it really depends on what you decide to buy.
I do love a nice tall glass of lemonade with heaps of ice added in on a hot summer's day, but buying brands like 7Up and Schweppes is not really, in all honesty, the most economically friendly solution. On special promotions, the large 2 litre bottles can drop their price down to around £1, but normally they cost quite a bit more than that at RRP. The smaller bottles and cans If drinking soft drinks was going to become a regular habit of mine, I couldn't exactly stick to the good, well known brands all the time.
I decided to give the Tesco Sparkling Diet Lemonade a try. It was a product I saw whilst browsing in the soft drinks section of Tesco- at only 60p for one of the large, 2 litre bottles that can last for ages, I decided that even if it was a bad product, I would not be wasting that much money. Price wise, it is not too impressively cheap for a value shop's own brand lemonade, but for lemonade in general, I find it to be a rather good price. They are doing a 4 for £2 offer at Tesco at the moment, saving you the grand sum of 40p.
The packaging is simple, with a plastic sticker around the simple plastic bottle (which can be recycled) but it is a good thing that Tesco are not wasting too much on packaging for such a simple product. It has all the necessary information on the packaging, but not much else. The cap is easy to screw on and off, and this helps to retain the freshness.
I am not aware about whether this is available in smaller bottle sizes or not; I have not seen any other sizes around the store yet. It's not a big problem; manufacturing smaller bottles would mean spending more money. If you really want it to be portable, you can pour some inside portable water bottles, which is pretty much quite a straightforward concept.
Flavourwise..? Well, obviously, diet lemonades are not that full out on flavour as regular lemonade, but I expected to at least be able to taste the lemon a bit. But, unfortunately, this Tesco Sparkling Diet Lemonade does not allow us too much of that pleasure. I would describe it as more of a tonic sparkling water than a lemonade with perhaps a dash (but not much at all) of sugar or sweetener added in. The lemon taste is hard to find. It is not very nice tasting; no refreshing flavour at all, and nowhere near as lemony enough to be called a lemonade.
On top of this, the lemonade tends to go flat very quickly after you first open the cap, so after that it may even fail to serve as a decent sparkling tonic water.
The only use I have for this and may consider buying this as sparkling water for mixing with drinks. For example, you can make some lovely fizzy squash with this, which can replace some more expensive soft drinks. However, this is rather too expensive for just a sparkling water, which you could obtain for a matter of a few pence from supermarkets' value brands.
Maybe this product is OK for a sparkling water, but not much else. It may be quite cheap for a lemonade, but I would hardly call it a lemonade at that, and I am sure there are cheaper value lemonades out there which can provide you with a nicer product.
I don't know why I keep doing it to myself! Every time I go to get a bottle of lemonade, which isn't often, I consider the options carefully before then buying something which I know I'm not going to actually like. I have long since learnt to avoid the value brands of fizzy drinks, no matter the store, and these sorts of drinks are the next step up.
Next step up though would normally mean an increase in quality, and sadly this doesn't really even do that. The drink comes in a 1 litre bottle and is marginally more expensive than Tesco Value lemonade, although still low enough that alarm bells should ring in terms of quality. The first few times the bottle is opened, you get the fizzy release that you would expect from any carbonated drink, but this doesn't really last very long at all. In fact, the carbonation is the only thing that prevents the taste from disappointing in the first instance, so that fact that this doesn't last very long really isn't good.
The initial taste, with full carbonation, is extremely fake, with that familiar 'diet' taste where the sugar has been substituted for something that tastes even more fabricated - such is the nature of diet drinks where a product such as sacharin is included instead of the sugar. This fake taste though is to be expected, and in this respect it's not all that bad. It quenches the thirst, and doesn't make me grimace, and is the sort of drink you wouldn't necessarily object to being given.
However, after a few times of opening the bottle, the carbonation significantly reduces, leaving the taste a bit flat and not very nice at all. Flat fizzy drinks aren't the nicest at the best of times when you have the better products, but this particular one is particularly nasty. I really don't like it once the gas has gone, so to speak.
I don't have any complaints about the packaging or the environmentally friendly nature of the product, nor can I complain over the pricing structure of this compared to the value range that Tesco do, or even that it's lower than some other brands which are clearly better. What you have to decide is what you consider to be good value for money at the end of the day, and I can't justify spending money on something I just don't like. Even my son isn't too keen on it and he generally loves anything fizzy.
Overall then, this isn't something I'd recommend at all. I can't really see much reason for buying it other than the few pence you'd save buying it compared to a different brand. But with the quality issue and the lack of carbonation retention, it's just not worth forking out for when you know you're going to have a glass or two before it starts to deteriorate worse than it starts off at. Not recommended.
I love this lemonade!
I paid around 50p for a 2 litre bottle of this, which I thought was great value.
I would describe the taste of this lemonade as sweet, crisp and tangy. It tastes really citrusy with a real hint of genuine lemon flavour, it certainly doesn't taste fake or synthetic, which is what I love about it. The lemonade is lovely drunk on it's own but I find that adding a few fresh slices of lemon and/ or lime to it gives it an extra kick. The lemonade is low in calories, fat and sugar. It would be an ideal drink for people who are watching what they eat/ drink. It's great for the waistline - I love it. It doesn't taste watered down like some diet drinks can taste. I can drink the lemonade with or without food, although it can sometimes leave me feeling bloated when it's consumed with food so I tend to consume it during a different time of the day.
The lemonade tastes better when it's been chilled, although it doesn't taste bad at room temperature either. I just prefer my drinks chilled. Saying that, this drink is also lovely hot. You can't beat a nice mug of hot lemonade when you are suffering from a cold and this lemonade warms up lovely. Simply pour some into your favourite mug and microwave for around a minute on medium heat. Great stuff! The lemonade (hot) soothes a sore throat and it helps to ease congestion too.
I find that the drink lasts for a good few days before it goes flat, which is another good thing about it.
Lovely lemonade that's kind to the waistline.
I drink an awful lot of pop and usually opt for Pepsi or Coke whenever funds allow or I see them on offer however the other day I had completely run out of pop and had not alot of cash to spare which led me to the purchase of this particular pop in Tesco costing a mere 52p for a 2 litre size which I thought was ever so cheap and I usually find shops own brands rather good!
The bottle as I have already stated is a 2L size and its a see through plastic bottle with a white twist on/off lid to the top of it. Around the middle part of the bottle there is a light blue label and on that we are told that it is Tesco Sparkling Diet Lemonade 'Made With real lemon Juice' and that it has no added sugars or artificial flavours or colours and there is an at a glance nutritional chart stated and to finish a photograph is showing of what I think is the lemonade with a slice of lemon in it. On the back of the bottle other information listed includes ingredients and allergy advice, a full nutritional chart is stated and contact details for Tesco are given. Its a nice enough and not too cheap a looking bottle this one and it is informative as it needs to be too.
The Drink Itself:
Well the drink is clear in colour and slightly sparkling and when you untwist the lid you get a real waft of citrusy and natural lemon which is the best thing about this drink in fact lol. However this is a really oversweetened and not in a natural way drink in my opinion. In fact it is rather vile in my opinion. The sparkle and fizz is nice enough and rather gentle, the fragrance too is very promising and although you can taste lemon in it slightly, for me the taste is mainly about the Saccharin which this contains alot of.
I have drank this by itself and as a mixer with vodka and quite frankly it ruined the vodka and to me this really is a cheap and nasty product and not unlike the Tesco' Value' option available. Not for me, I'd rather spend a few pence more on something more thirst quenching and refreshing because this isn't and simply leaves a weird tinny aftertaste in the mouth after consumption!
Nutritional Information Per 250ml Serving:
Only available from Tesco stores.
Lemonade is always a great drink to have in the house. I like it mixed with blackcurrant, with vodka, gin and wine and occasionally on it's own. I saw this in Tesco and as it was so cheap 52p per 2 litre bottle compared to other brands which were double the price.
The bottle is see through so you can see how much lemonade is left. It has a white lid and a blue label which has a picture of a lemon on the front. I was pleased to see on the list of ingredients on the back that the lemonade has 2% lemon juice per bottle. Normally when a lemonade contains lemon juice it normally tastes really nice.
I was however really disappointed with this lemonade, firstly I found it overly fizzy even I kept an open bottle for well over a week and it was still excessively fizzy when I drank it on it's on I found that the bubbles went up my nose. The taste of the lemonade was also very artificial. I couldn't actually taste the lemon it just tasted like an artificially sweetened fizzy water. It also left a very unplesant aftertaste.
The best use I found for this lemonade was as a mixer it was ok mixed in with alcohol as you couldn't taste the artificially sweet taste.
I wouldn't buy this lemonade again. I would rather pay the extra to get a better quality brand. The only advantage to this lemonade is that it has 3kcal per 250ml so is great for those watching the waistline. Very disappointing from Tesco.
I decided to try Tesco's own diet lemonade after deciding to reduce the amount of caffeine I consumed (as an alternative to my usual cola drink). I had tried Tesco's diet cola and liked it, so I thought that this was well worth a try.
The lemonade comes in a clear round plastic bottle, as is pretty standard. The labelling around the bottle is basic but gives all necessary information about calorie content etc. Being a diet drink, it is fairly low in calories (3 per serving), sugar and fat. The bottle contains 2 litres and is priced at around 49p (price has varied quite a bit over the 6 months that I have been purchasing this for!).
So, most importantly, how does this taste? I can honestly say that I am really impressed with this and can not taste a lot of difference between this and the more expensive branded varieties. On opening the bottle, the lemonade is really fizzy. You have to make sure that you tighten the screw lid well after opening though as it loses it's fizz quickly if not sealed well (this tends to be a common problem with fizzy drinks). The lemonade is very tasty and not too sweet. On the first sip it can taste a bit sharp, but you soon get used to the taste and the lemon is really strong. It is a really fruity, refreshing drink - especially when served chilled or with ice.
This lemonade is very drinkable and a good alternative to more expensive branded varieties, I would definitely recommend giving it a go.
I have to say that I generally like brand named Juice and tend to get it more often than Supermarket Juice, but I don't mind Supermarket Lemonade and often Fizzy Orange is quite nice as well. Perhaps doesn't have the edge still on the brand named ones, but the price is pretty tempting. I currently have a bottle of this in my fridge and have been drinking this off and on for the last few years.
This comes in a 2 litre bottle and costs just 46p from Tesco. So a bit of a bargain to be had.
The bottle looks like the picture. Just a clear plastic bottle and you can see the clear liquid in the bottle. The wrap around label look alright and has a nice enough picture of a Lemon on the front and all the ingredients and nutritional information on the label as well.
This Juice is pretty fizzy when you first open the bottle and although it normally takes me 3-4 days to finish a bottle when drinking it in the house it still seems to stay fizzy enough until the end. Perhaps not quite as fizzy as when it was first opened, but still a good fizziness.
Per 100ml this has less than 1 calorie so is alright for you if you are on a calorie controlled diet.
So how does this taste? It is a nice enough taste. It is a nice crisp taste. It has a nice Lemon taste, but the taste doesn't taste like fake Lemon taste, it tastes a nice Lemon which is noticible but a bit subtle, but in a nice way. Best served nice and cold, which is how I normally drink it.
So a nice drink which is tasty and that bit cheaper than paying for a brand name. Yes, perhaps not quite as expensive tasting as a brand named one, but a good Juice and worth a buy.
Tesco Sparkling Diet Lemonade
In our household we don't really drink that much fizzy drinks on a regular basis, every now and then we do go through a couple of bottles, but usually we only have it in the house when we are going to have some friends round for drinks, or as a treat to have with any weekend takeaway.
The previous weekend we were wandering round Tesco getting some supplies for a bit of a Saturday night party and I wanted to stock up on mixers. I thought to save a couple of pennies I would switch from my usual brand to buying a few bottles of Tesco's own lemonade. A two litre bottle of this only cost 48 pence, less than half the cost of my usual preference of schwepps lemonade.
However, from the first moment I tasted this I was rather disappointed, the lemonade when served on its own has a rather artificial and very sweet taste and flavour to it. My husband quite likes it when it is mixed with Robinson's black currant and apple squash, but generally I wouldn't drink this brand of lemonade unless I was having a vodka or something else added to the lemonade. Unfortunately, on its own it just isn't that nice, it is far from being the best lemonade available. Apart from the taste everything else was fine with the lemonade. The packaging is nice and clearly labelled, while the lemonade holds its fizz well.
This only gets a two out of five stars from me. When it was mixed with Vodka it was fine, but I wouldn't drink this by itself as it didn't really taste of lemonade, but instead it had quite an artificial flavour to it. It really isn't nearly as nice as Schwepps lemonade and I wouldn't be tempted to buy this Tesco's own brand version over my favourite Schweppes lemonade again.
I wouldn't really recommend this Tesco's diet lemonade to anyone, if you are on a budget and you want to use this as a mixer then it is ok, but it really isn't that nice to drink on its own.
I first discovered Tesco Diet Lemonade when I was pregnant. I had horrible morning sickness and found that fizzy drinks really helped settle my stomach. So I started adding lemonade to everything - orange juice, grapefruit juice, pineapple juice - you name it, I tried it!
Most of the branded lemonades are around £1 a bottle in the supermarkets, so I started looking for cheaper alternatives. At 42p for 2 litres, Tesco Diet lemonade is very reasonably priced.
The bottle is made of clear plastic with a white screw top. The label is mainly blue with the Tesco branding and a picture of a glass of lemonade with a lemon splashing into it. The nutritional information is also listed on the front of the label. A 250ml glass contains 3 calories and just a trace of sugar and fat.
The back of the label lists the ingredients and further nutritional information. The lemonade does not contain any nut products and is suitable for vegetarians. The bottle should be stored in a cool place and once opened, kept refrigerated and used within 3 days - although I normally find it keeps the fizz for about 5 days after opening.
The lemonade itself is completely clear and has a mild lemony smell. It is not overly sweet, but not sour enough to make you pull a lemon face!
As a mixer, I think this is a great product, as it doesn't overpower the drink you are mixing it with. It works well with martini, vodka and with wine as a spritzer.
It also mixes well with fruit juices as I mentioned earlier, or just with cordials. I currently use this to dilute cordial instea of water and it makes a really refreshing fizzy drink.
On it's own, it is not the best lemonade you will ever tast, but it is passable. As a mixer though it's excellent.
Overall, for the price, it's a decent product.
Tesco Sparkling Diet Lemonade
Description: Fruit Juice / Carbonated no added sugar lemonade drink with sweeteners.
I am not really a big lemonade drinker (anyone reading my reviews probably knows that I am a Pepsi addict - yum!) so don't buy it very often. When I do buy it, it is usually to use as a mixer for alcoholic drinks so when we had friends to stay recently, I picked up a couple of bottles of this brand to see what it was like. Even if it wasn't great, I rationalised that adding vodka would be sure to improve it!
A 2 litre bottle comes in a clear plastic bottle with a light blue label and the Tesco brand name on the front. It cost me just £0.46 which was quite a lot cheaper than some of the competing brands.
Upon opening the bottle, I was truck by how fizzy the drink seemed to be. Despite having been stood still for a few hours, a little bit frothed over the top of the bottle when it was opened, which was a little annoying.
The taste was not as good as I had hoped for. The sweetness tasted very artificial and it was obvious that this was a diet drink which had used sweetners. The lemon taste wasn't particularly citrusy either, so the overall sensation was of a over sweet fizzy drink with no particular taste aside from the sweetness.
Nutritional Information per 250ml is as follows;
So on a positive note, this drink is loads better for you than full sugar versions. Unfortunately, it seems to have compromised on taste too much and became a little nasty tasting. having said that, once I had slopped in a healthy drop of vokda, an immediate improvement was evident - two or three drinks later and this lemonade had become almost palatable!
If you are looking for a cheap mixer then this lemonade does the job, if you are looking for a tasty soft drink though, then you would do well to keep looking!
Carbonated no added sugar lemonade drink with sweeteners.