There are two entities on this earth I trust to make a delicious special edition soda, the video game industry and basketball players. Fortunately today’s entry is from the latter. Sprite LeBron’s Mix is basketball’s own LeBron James’ own personal mix of Sprite. I didn’t catch any commercials for this, but I picture him in a lab coat with goggles holding test tubes or something at the Sprite laboratories.
All of that potentially imagined lab work resulted in a “Lemon-Lime Soda” that is “Natural cherry and orange flavored with other natural flavors”. The word natural is so nice they worked it in twice. Let’s see what else is in the bottle. Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, sodium citrate, and a dash of sodium benzoate for luck. Man, LeBron really knows his stuff. If only Hotlips or Swamp Pop had gotten a hold of his soda making prowess. Enough chit chat, time for reviewing.
Immediately this smells better than regular Sprite. The orange aroma jumps out immediately and attacks the ol’ olfactory gland. I’m having a harder time finding the cherry. Hey! You in the back with the sophomoric mind. Quit snickering. Anywho, I’m having a harder time finding the cherry, but hopefully it’ll be there in taste. Let’s find out.
Oddly enough I taste more of the cherry than I do the orange. Both of these tastes, as natural as they may be, seem artificial to me though. That’s not to say this isn’t good. Sprite LeBron’s Mix is better than original Sprite yet worse than Sprite Remix. Of course there are a lot of sodas worse than Sprite Remix. The guy that gave this to me said he felt it tasted like Surge cut with Sprite. I can definitely see where he came to that conclusion, but I’d need to taste more orange to completely agree.
The carbonation level seems to be on par with Sprite, perhaps a little too carbonated. The syrupy mouthfeel of Sprite is lessened to some degree, which is nice. All in all though this tastes like cherry Sprite with some orange and smells like orange sprite with some cherry. The more I drink it though the less natural it tastes so I’m going to stop now.
Verdict - Buy a Bottle
This soda was given to me by Wrastlin’ Jakito