I like lemonade. Who doesn’t? Don’t answer that because I would judge you harshly. I also like soda. Who doesn’t? None of you because you’re reading this site. I seriously doubt my prose are impressive enough to pull people (if you can call them that) that hate soda. So since I like both lemonade and soda you know I love it when a carbonated lemonade finds its way in front of me. Today that beverage is called Nesbitt’s Honey Lemonade and their logo is fantastic! It’s the kind of logo I would proudly wear. A circular logo that half lemon and half honey comb. Genius!
Looking at the ingredients I see this is sadly sweetened with HFCS, but also includes honey! It’s listed right there next to Yellow #5 so you know it must be an important ingredient. Yellow #5 and Honey working together as they always should. OK, so I wish this was a little more natural of a drink. Perhaps the flavor will make me forget my wish.
Impressively enough the aroma that comes off the bottle is indeed a mixture of lemon and honey. The honey rides in on the tart scent of the lemon. He’s waving wildly to make sure I notice him and see the neat trick he’s doing, but I knew he was there from aroma alone.
That is the finest (in the minimal sense) carbonation level I think I’ve ever encountered. Such a miniscule amount of fizz, barely enough to even register as a mouth feel. Like a feather tickling an elephant it is. I understand they didn’t want to take away from the fact that it’s a lemonade, but c’mon.
As for the flavor I see why the honey was trying to get my attention earlier. If I didn’t know about him it would be easy to just think this was a sweet lemonade. Thankfully he waved at me so I can appreciate the mild honey flavor I get with every sip. Average is how I would rate the lemonade portion of this soda. It’s not all that flavorful and you could replicate it by purchasing numerous other products.
Now that I’m at the bottom of the bottle I’m finding that the honey flavor stacks on itself a little bit. It’s not enough for me to rethink the rating of this beverage, but it’s a neat thing to look forward too. All in all this is a fun concept that ended up being a passable soda.
Verdict - Buy a Bottle