Today’s installment is for Hot Lips Black Raspberry Soda. We’ve reviewed a couple of Hot Lips sodas before. One was the delightful Pear Soda, and the other was the less delightful Strawberry. I say less delightful because the lemon juice was overpowering in the flavor of the Strawberry soda.
Since I really enjoy the ingredient list on the side of Hot Lips brand soda I will list it here.
Carbonated Water, Black Raspberries grown in Willamette Valley, OR, Can Sugar, Organic Lemon Juice
As I push my nose closer to the opening of the bottle I notice that the beverage has a light, but healthy raspberry smell. I really enjoy raspberries, as previously stated, so I now look forward to what I’m about to experience.
Upon initial taste I notice very little carbonation, and have to remind myself that the bottle lists this beverage as “lightly carbonated”. There is a slight raspberry tartness to it, as well as a noticeable sweetness. Thankfully the sweetness is not overpowering, allowing the natural flavor of the berry to be tasted. Fortunately for this beverage, the lemon juice listed on the ingredients does not overpower, unlike its strawberry counterpart. I just got a black raspberry seed lodged in my tooth. Normally I wouldn’t like this sensation, but in this case you know the Hot Lips Company is serious when they write that their sodas are made of natural ingredients. While I wouldn’t reach for this beverage to be refreshed, it does a fairly good job of quenching a thirst. (Sound like Déjà vu?) I would have to suggest that it be enjoyed by itself, as I personally don’t think its natural flavor would play well with others. Much like the strawberry, this beverage is for a select audience, but if I saw it listed at a restaurant I would order it off the menu just to impress those that I’m with. For those who think soda is bad for you… pick up any Hot Lips soda to be proven wrong.
Verdict: Buy a Bottle!
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(Note: This beverage was provided to us by Hot Lips)