I’ve never been one to drink flowers. This is why I’ve saved the Pure Sodaworks Hibiscus Lemon for last. Honestly I’m afraid I’ll hate. Let’s see if I can guess what’s in it before I look at the ingredients.
The Soda Jerk’s Guess: Sparkling Water, Pure Cane Sugar, Hibiscus, Lemon Juice.
Actual Ingredients: Sparkling Water, Pure Cane Sugar, Hibiscus Flowers, Lemon Peel.
I feel I did pretty well, but I’m surprised to see this only contains lemon peel. Perhaps the hibiscus flavor that I am so very unsure of will finally win me over in this form. The soda is a pleasant rose color and WOW there is a bonkers amount of sediment in this bottle. Ah well, when in Houston.
This smells not unlike a fruity tea with a squeeze of lemon. With a deep inhalation I also get a flowery scent that while pleasant to the nose worries the mouth. A little worry never did me any favors, so I feel it’s time to drink.
It’s like I’m drinking an all-natural ginger ale while walking through a rose garden. The sweet aroma coming from the pedals mixes with the flavors within my mouth. A second sip reveals that Hibiscus Lemon starts to stack on itself quickly. Another visit sweetens the taste and brings out the hibiscus even more. It still reminds me of a ginger ale, but that memory is quickly fading… fading… gone. The confusing sensation of consuming the scent of a flower is now at the forefront. I don’t exactly enjoy the taste I’m living, but I’m happy to see a legitimate hibiscus soda.
Each time I stop drinking to write my lips develop the flavor of a fruit tea. It seems the scent I initially identified was also present in the flavor. The lemon peel is hardly noticed and if I didn’t see the words on the label I wouldn’t even know it was there.
Sigh. I can tell this was masterfully made, but hibiscus flavored soda just isn’t for me. Fruit flavored teas are a favorite of mine, but that’s only a sliver of the flavors I’m experiencing. I’m afraid my writing skills have failed me in trying to describe this sensation, but I don’t hesitate to tell you that I think you should try it for yourself. Perhaps just a bottle to start.
Verdict – Buy a Bottle
This soda was provided to us by Pure Sodaworks