I hold in my hand 11oz of Safeway Select – French Berry Lemonade. The term Safeway Select seems kind of like an oxymoron to me. Seriously, how could anything be a “Select” brand when it comes from Safeway? Dan the Fan brought this to me, and I was immediately intrigued by the aspect of drinking carbonated lemonade. I’ve recently, in the past 3 years or so, started appreciating lemonade much more than I did in my youth. This lemonade, lucky me, has strawberry infused with it. As I look at the ingredient label on this oddly shaped bottle, I’m pleased with what I read. This soda contains carbonated water, sugar, natural lemon flavor, natural strawberry flavor, citric acid, and grape skin extract for color. That’s a top notch ingredient list, especially when you notice the lack of sodium benzoate. The label has a French stylization to it, which makes me think I’m about to drink something fancy… that is until I look up and see the word Safeway. Enough rambling, time to open this up.
I wish this had a normal bottle cap on it, not one of those bottle caps with the longer sides. This has a very sweet smell that seems to lean toward the strawberry side. Let’s take a walk on the strawberry side, shall we?
Impressive amount of fizz here in this first sip… hopefully that holds up. It starts off with the same tongue tingling sensation that a flavored sparkling water does, but fortunately this actually has the flavor to back it up. The flavor itself isn’t over powering, but I’m definitely enjoying it. The lemon flavor gives way to the strawberry, much as its odor did. Even though the strawberry flavoring is the more prevalent of the two, the lemon is still tasted in the later stages of the drinking process. I found the aftertaste to be pleasant as well; in fact it’s a little sweet. I’m very impressed with this Safeway Select – French Berry Lemonade. It has a very light mouth feel, an enjoyable flavor, and top notch ingredients.
Verdict – Buy a Pallet!
Faux Fact: All iguanas are of French origin