Review: Honest Ade Cranberry Lemonade

Guest reviewer and natural beverage enthusiast George Tsakiridis returns with another review.

Let’s take a look at Honest Ade Cranberry Lemonade!

We’ve previously looked at another product in this same lineup, Honest Ade Limeade. Just as before, this flavor comes in an aesthetically pleasing bottle, featuring a lemon wedge with a few cranberries laying in a red liquid. The overall bottle design follows that which we previously outlined in our Honest Tea Organic Peach White Tea review.

Honest Ade Cranberry Lemonade

In regard to health benefits, as with the Limeade there are not a lot of overt statements. We do see the “Caffeine-Free” label, but that is about it other than the fact that the drink is organic. This flavor contains 100 calories per 16.9 ounce bottle, and the ingredient list is as follows:

Honest Ade Cranberry Lemonade
Purified water, organic cane sugar, organic lemon juice concentrate, organic lemon extract, organic cranberry juice concentrate, organic cranberry flavor, carrot extract (for color), and citric acid.

As far as the drink’s sensory qualities, it has a very light, pinkish look, like pink lemonade, or the original Cherry 7Up (for those that remember). Opening the bottle, there is a nice, fruity aroma like a familiar candy. It is quite pleasing.

Tasting the drink, it has the candied taste of liquid Smarties or SweeTarts, and I mean that in a good way. Perhaps that was the smell at first too. It is much more flavorful than the Limeade variety and finishes clean with a slight hint of sour. It is pretty much clear, with no pulp to be found.

The sweet/sour combo reminds me of SweeTarts or a similar candy from when we were kids. Additionally, the lemon gives the body of the drink more taste as compared with the lime of the last review. And of course, the fun bonus saying states: ” ‘You know children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers.’ – John J. Plomp.”

Overall, I really enjoyed this drink, and it was definitely much better than the Limeade. Perhaps my expectations weren’t as high going in, which helped. Although not really overly sweet, this variety is much tastier than the Limeade and would make a good accompaniment to food or a solid standalone drink.

Full Disclosure: This beverage was provided compliments of Honest Tea