Keeping with the nautical theme I decided to grab a bottle out of my fridge that has skull and crossbones on it. It’s a short, stout bottle, a somewhat unique shape I rather like to hold when drinking a soda. Adorned above the skull and crossbones are the words “Black Lemonade”. That appears to be the name of the beverage and the coloring is indeed black, so let’s look a bit more closely shall we? Around the skull there are humorous sayings like, “Animal testing was consentual”, “This may be your only way out”, “We want you for life”, and “Without a face, you’re just a bonehead”. The bottle cap is definitely a keeper. It’s a skeleton drinking a red soda but the soda is just pouring through his face. Silly skeleton… soda is for the skin covered. So from the label and bottle cap we can tell that the folks who make this have a sense of humor. Hopefully they like good ingredients as well. Oh neat they put the ingredients right on the bottle! Who’d have thought! Cane sugar, citric acid, lemon concentrate, lemon oil, some coloring, a bunch of crazy Ginseng, African Capsicum, Brazilian Guarana, Kola Nut, Skull Cap, and of course Sodium Benzoate. Well aside from that last ingredient they seem to take their stuff pretty seriously. Hopefully the taste reflects it. Of course you know we can’t taste it until we smell it.
Smells like lemonade… so no real surprise there. I guess it doesn’t taste like fresh brewed lemonade but I’m ok with that since you can’t really expect anything in a bottle to be freshly brewed.
This tastes like liquid lemon/lime Twang to me. For those who don’t know, Twang is a flavored salt that you can usually buy little packets of at your local gas station counter. You definitely get the lemon flavoring you’d expect paired with an unexpectedly sour burst of flavor. It’s not overly sour but you do get a nice(?) burn in the stomach from it. Black Lemonade is not really that refreshing of a beverage, so there’s no need to replace all of your regular lemonade with this. I know you were looking for a reason to replace all of your normal lemonade… sorry to get your hopes up. It definitely leaves a lasting impression on your mouth as no portion of this drink is smooth. Picture yourself driving a 1977 Gremlin without any shocks (I used a Gremlin in this example because the word itself is awesome.) Now your yellow Gremlin is cruising down a cobblestone road… that’s when you first take a sip. As your mouth takes note of what you just ingested your Gremlin is now reaching the end of the cobblestone road only to slide down a very rocky mountain… perhaps one of the Rocky Mountains. Just as you think this rough ride is over you complete your sip of Black Lemonade. With this completed sip your mouth and throat receive a harsh “Gremlin driving over landmines during an earthquake” feel. Of course those are all exaggerated examples but truly this is one of the harshest beverages I’ve ever had the pleasure of tasting. With that said I’m not sure I’d want to consume one everyday but that’s ok. Soda isn’t meant for normal consumption… it’s a treat. In this case though, the treat tricks you just a bit. Oh joy I worked in a Halloween reference during the month of January. Topical!
Verdict – Buy a Bottle
Twist has stared death in the face countless times. Guess who keeps looking away.