Review: Gatorade Limon-Pepino (Lime-Cucumber)


Guest reviewer Jason Steele returns with a look at a sports beverage by a familiar brand targeted at the Hispanic market.

If you are like me when you read the flavor of this G(atorade) you probably thought…huh?! Cucumberwhatnow? Yes, cucumber lime.

Gatorade Limon-Pepino (Lime-Cucumber)

Gatorade Limon-Pepino (Lime-Cucumber)

I had never heard of Gatorade Limon-Pepino until my sister sent me a 32 oz bottle in the mail all the way from Phoenix (full disclosure, my sister works for Gatorade.) She knew I am a fan of interesting beverages and knew I occasionally contributed to BevReview.com and thought I, and my fellow beverage hounds, would appreciate this unique flavor. She gave me one note with the bottle "drink extremely cold and on a hot day." So I promptly placed it in the fridge and waited for a warm day. The latter never arrived so instead I did 45 minutes of cardio at the gym and then rushed home to chug some G. Same dif.

The actual flavor name is Limon Pepino (Lime Cucumber) and is noted on the bottle as a "sabor nuestro" (new flavor). You'll notice the label also has a tag line in Spanish that basically translates to "Rehydrates, replenishes and reactivates your performance (game) when you need it most." It is part of the "G Series 02 [PERFORM]" whatever that means. I don't even think Gatorade employees can decode their naming/numbering system. 01Prime? 03Recover? Who cares.

The ingredients are fairly standard:

Gatorade Limon-Pepino (Lime-Cucumber)
Water, sucrose, dextrose, citric acid, natural and artificial flavor, salt, sodium citrate, monopotassium phosphate, gum arabic, glycerol ester of rosin, Yellow 5, and Blue 1

A 32 oz bottle contains 200 calories, 420 mg sodium, 56 g carbs, and 56 g sugars.

When I first opened the bottle I was greeted with a pleasant cucumber-y scent; like if you walked through your garden and accidentally tramped on a half dozen cukes. The lime is very faint. If I close my eyes, stick my nose completely into the bottle and inhale deeply there is a slight lime scent at the top. The flavor on the first few sips is mostly cucumbers as well but finishes with a nice light lime taste. I think this is because the cucumber is not a flavor I normally expect so it is overpowering initially. However, the more I drink it the cucumber flavor becomes more subtle and the lime makes itself more present.

The flavor is pretty nice. It's refreshing and tasty and would be great on a hot day at the beach with some chips y salsa y tacos y burritos. I have a feeling some people will love it while others might think it's gross. I for one, like cucumber slices in water, which, at all the swanky brunch places is trés is à la mode (the actual definition, not "with ice cream") so I liked this Limon Pepino Gatorade.

Being that this product is essentially marketed towards the Hispanic population you might be hard pressed to find it depending on your city. It was front and center at my local 7-11, but then again Chicago has a large Mexican population. It's worth seeking out if you are even mildly curious.

Comments

  1. hydration depot website sells gatorade cucumber lime online

  2. I tryed the cuc and lime i thought is was so refreshing and differant not soo sweet loved it.

  3. Miguel Gazca says:

    I love this flavor, especially chilled! Side note, sabor nuestro means (our flavor), in a cultural sense I suppose. Cucumber and lime are common companions in Latin American cuisine.

    The word "new" in Spanish is "nuevo."

  4. In all honesty, I love gatoraide but this made me puke , I ran off the field from playing ball, grabbed the bottle took a big swig and puked, I had never tasted anything so bad in my entire life. I hope they find another flavor to replace this as i passed it to 3 other teamates and they all had the same reaction ! Not good ….

  5. In all honesty, I love gatoraide but this made me puke , I ran off the field from playing ball, grabbed the bottle took a big swig and puked, I had never tasted anything so bad in my entire life. I hope they find another flavor to replace this as i passed it to 3 other teamates and they all had the same reaction ! Not good ….

  6. I'm frequently hesitant to try new products. I decided to try this and was completely repulsed by the awful flavor. Back to my regular favorites.

  7. This repulsive lime gatorade is simply repulsive. Personally the new drinks gatorade has been coming out with arent tasty nor refreshing stick to the classic ones please…

  8. It sounded pretty delicious but my daughter was puking all morning after drinking it. Not good!!!

  9. Best flavor ever!!!

  10. I found the lime cucumber at a gas station on a road trip and thought why not, whats the worst that could happen? If I don't like it I'll just give it to my boyfriend… We both loved it. We're going to see if we can't find it closer to home or possibly order it from somewhere. We both really enjoyed this flavor and hope it doesn't get discontinued. However, it is DEFINATELY NOT FOR EVERYBODY!!!

  11. I saw this and was immediately intrigued. It's a flavor that I've had as an agua fresca. This was great and really refreshing, probably the best flavor in Gatorade in my opinion.

  12. Its actually a VERY fresh cucumber taste, and its taste is Like ACTUAL cucumber… the people that don't like it and claim they puke I'm sure are expecting that artifical sweet fake cucumber taste, and are disapointed that this is not sweet and actually tastes like what I says it is… which is a HUGH plus in my book, I love this gatorade!!!! but it's not for everyone.

  13. Stephanie says:

    I found this in my local store and was like "What?? Cucumber?? With lime! I like tacos with lime.. The potato chips with lime were good.. It looks interesting.." So I just had to try it, and it is now my favourite!

  14. Jacknack says:

    Literally the best flavor ever. I've never really been a fan of Gatorade, but this is so refreshing and different it's amazing!

  15. Samatha says:

    I am so addicted to the Lime Cucumber. Just moved recently from CA to the DC area and can't find it anywhere :(

  16. I had quite the opposite reaction in tasting this product. I could smell the cucumbers quite clearly but all I could taste on the first few gulps was lime. After a while I could taste a sight hint of cucumber aftertaste but the lime in my bottle was fairly overpowering. It was really refreshing however and I may put this into my normal rotation of gatorades.

  17. laura kay buhler says:

    love this the lime/cucumber it is very refreshing you can really smell the cucumber!!!! need it in more stores eastern north carolina

  18. Joe Meras says:

    I just bought three bottles of Gatorade Limon-Pepino two days ago. I've already consumed two bottles and plan on buying more. The bottom line is that Gatorade has an excellent product. The flavor is refreshing with a near perfect taste. I truly think Gatorade has knocked it out of the park with Limon-Pepino. I tried an actual lime/cucumber drink several months ago and wasn't that impressed. The Gatorade product gets the flavors just right. It is a primarily a cucumber flavor with a hint of lime.

  19. Joe Meras says:

    FYI…I bought Gatorade Limon-Pepino at HEB in Houston, Texas.

  20. i can't believe anyone liked this!
    I thought it was a joke the worst drink ever!!!

  21. It's the best Gatorade I ever tasted cucumber lime it's the best

  22. I never heard of the limon-pepino flavor before, then I moved to Louisiana and I find it on the shelves of one store in town so I pick it up and fall in love… If it is possible to fall in love with a flavor. But now it is the only Gatorade flavor I buy.

  23. This has become my favorite flavor of gatorade, and in my opinion it's the best flavor they have. It tastes just like agua fresca. I love it!

  24. The best flavor. Found it accidentally at a truck stop and now I'm on the hunt to find where it is stocked locally . Refreshing and not too sweet. This flavor might even end up replacing Dragonfruit vitaminwater as my 1st choice sport beverage.

  25. I was having a great day until I drank some of this lime cucumber.. Worst drink ever!!! Sorry Gatorade but you couldn't pay me to buy this or sell this in my store.

  26. best gatorade ever!!! might be good with some tequila or vodka.

  27. My sister bought this at first and I saw it in the fridge at home, decided to steal a swig of it and after that I was begging her to let me have the rest. Being the good caring sister she is she let me have it! It was history after that because now we buy it regularly. Its probably one of my most favorite Gatorade, maybe even the best! So good. Plus we're a Hispanic, so Gatorade is doing something right by targeting who they were meaning to target with this one.

  28. Wow! My new favorite Gatorade! Expand your flavor palettes people! Eat a salad sometime too! I mean puked really? This flavor is amazingly light and refreshing . It Is Not as Kool-aid as other flavors of Gatorade. Really hoping to find it readily available but ,will buy it by the case wherever I find it, until I do! Thank you Gatorade you rock!

  29. THE most awful drink ever …yuk

  30. Awesome flavor a new fav for me

  31. Wisconsinite Pack Fan says:

    Honestly the cucumber flavor is way too over powering. The lime is non existent. Unless you really love plain cucumbers, this will most likely taste gross to whoever tries this. I thought it was horrible and will never purchase again. Get it together Gatorade.

  32. I like it lots. We have it in Montana.

  33. Its good, i drink everyday at work. it good.

  34. The author nailed it on the head. This is a regional flavor, marketed at a palate that will be unfamiliar or even undesirable to many Americans. As I live in California, got married in Mexico, and spent ten years of my childhood in Asia, I've got a pretty broad range of tastes I enjoy. I think this drink is delectable. With that being said, it's in the same category with horchata. If you've got an average American or New American taste sensibility, you're not going to like it one bit.

    It's an acquired taste.

  35. Andy Noble says:

    This the best flavored Gatorade EVER!!! I love drinking it and it tastes soo good.

  36. Parker Brown says:

    This is the worst possible Gatorade ever……. I personally have never consumed urine, however my wonderful sports drink provider has just gladly provided me with this experience.

  37. Aprilasinapril says:

    I discovered this while 5 months pregnant and it's all I think about in the afternoons now as I'm getting off work and more and more pregnant… I think it's my go-to craving now! Of course, I limit salt, sugar, and colors, but at least this doesn't have any red #40, so I can let myself have it a couple of times a week. I LOVE IT SO MUCH, very "fresh" to my senses.

  38. Dennis King says:

    Limon-pepino is THE BEST flavor of drink, any kind of drink, I've ever had.
    Forget the whiners and drama queens who disliked it, there are other flavors for them! This new one is delicious, I'm a convert. Thanks to the team who developed it and the management who went ahead with it! Good Job!

  39. Hydra Revelations says:

    I agree that this limon pepino Gatorade drink is a required taste. However ii like trying new foods and drinks when I can. I found this drink by chance at a local grocery store and thought ill give it a shot. As soon i took a sip, i was like its not bad, but the more i kept drinking i was falling in love with it. So nice job Gatorade. Finally they create a flavor i can enjoy.

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