4 March 2012
Tropicana Still Lemonade (Co-Op) [by @NLi10]
Still lemonade is an odd concept. You find a product that has a defining characteristic such as the fizziness of lemonade, that separates it from ordinary lemon juice and then you take it away. It's an odd kind of novelty because taking things away doesn't encourage people to spend more. Fortunately for us there are other things that make lemonade special such as sugar, and... well just the sugar in this case.
Tropicana are a brand that make mass produced drinks that are as fresh as you could reasonably buy without one of those juicing machines from Spanish streets or Camden market. I gravitate towards 'not from concentrate' and while I fully understand that 100% fruit often hides more product manipulation and fruit blending than the lay person would expect. The Tropicana people do this better than most, especially when there are raspberries involved, so I'm happy to grab for them when thirsty.
As a post shopping treat a big lemonade without the fizz is a pretty tempting prospect. The flavour is sharp and crisp but without all those bubbles that prevent you from drinking deep and long. This is prefect summer day fare and if you stuck this in a jug on a hot summer’s day with ice cubes it'd be ideal.
It's still good on a rainy British Sunday too, but as the year moves on it will end up in my basket more often.