Spritzer Jamaican Lemonade

Today's beverage of choice is from the R.W. Knudsen Family, I know this because it says so on the can in banner form. Above said banner reads the following words, "EXCLUSIVELY Fruit Juice Sweetened". The previous sentence is actually what got me to buy SPRITZER Jamaican Lemonade. I love lemonade, just love it; so when I saw it in a 'Jamaican' variety I thought a good thing was about to be improved upon. The ingredients are as such: Sparkling Water, White Grape, Apple and Lemon Juice Concentrates, Natural Flavors. Now, even for someone that has never had LEMONade in their life, they could probably tell that Grape, and Apple are not of the Lemon variety. Here's where my skepticism started seeping in.

The picture on the front of the can consists of 3 lemons, no grapes, no apples, just three lemons. What is the R.W. Knudsen Family trying to hide from us here, I understand that the other fruits are probably what is sweetening the "Lemon"ade, but give them some picture or something.

Upon opening the can it smells a bit alcoholic to me, take that information for what it's worth as I don't drink alcohol very often at all. Even drinking it tastes like the fruit they used to make it became fermented. In fact this has no lemon taste to me at all. I'm not saying it's a bad drink by any means... it sits down, and finds it's spot easily in the 'Average' area of drinks. I just think that anything that uses three whole lemons as the picture on the front of the can should be lemon flavored. The apple, and grape, jumble up the lemon flavoring. But wait... this is in fact "Jamaican Lemonade" so maybe those crazy Jamaicans use apples, and grapes in their beverage. Lets look it up. Oh here's a recipe for Jamaican Lemonade.

1/3-1/2 cup Sucanat (Sucant is unrefined cane sugar btw)

1 cup lemon juice (approx. 4 large lemons)*

5-6 cups water

So we got 1/2 cup of cane sugar, 1 cup of lemon juice, and 6 cups of water...no mention of apples, or grapes. Other than making me really want some REAL Jamaican lemonade, this recipe has shown me how off the target the R.W Knudsen Family was in sweetening with fruit juice. Sadly the thing that hooked me to the can in the first place was it's down fall.

Verdict: Buy a Bottle!

~A

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