I picked up this drink because it’s pink. It’s a very tasty shade of pink that normally promises that it’ll be unique and delicious. That said, I almost put it down when I read it was “Chef Inspired”. What does that even mean? Thankfully under “Chef Inspired” I read it was sparkling, all natural, and had some ginseng in it. All natural fruit flavored beverages are usually pretty tasty, so I figured I might as well give it a go.
Ingredient wise Onli (GET IT? ONLY?!) is full of carbonated triple filtered mountain water, natural cane sugar, natural flavors (boooo just tell me what they are), lemon juice concentrate, malic acid, panax ginseng extract, and finally fruit and vegetable juice for color.
See that sounds pretty good, right? Fortunately it smells like lemon watermelon so at least it’s not a complete lie. Color me hopeful for the flavor… perhaps I’d be pink.
Very nice! Lemon tastes the lead in this dance, but watermelon is light on her feet as well. The carbonation is robust and very much apart of the production. Each sip is full of bubbles which results in a great mouthfeel.
Flavor wise this tastes like the way I wish sparkling water did. It’s not syrupy at all, I’d even go so far as to say it’s a bit dry. Onli Lemon Watermelon would be a great beverage to pair with a host of things. I’m not going to pretend to know which ones so excuse me if I don’t suggest anything.
This is also the kind of beverage that could make you seem like someone who enjoys “the finer” things in life. Perhaps you put a pack in your fridge so you can bust one out during the big game and impress everyone in the room. They won’t know what to think. Just know that their stunned silence and eventual mocking of you means they like you.
Seriously though, this is a great soda for those who aren’t big on sugar, even though it has 22 grams. It’s not overly sweet, its flavor is delightful and it’s all natural. Pretty good list of positives if you ask me, and you did since you’re reading the review.
The only reason I’m not rating this higher is due to personal preference. I prefer drinks with a stronger flavor and a little more sugar, but don’t let my love of sweet sway you from trying this out.
Verdict - Buy a Pack
This soda was purchased from an HEB grocery store.