Review: Cherry Lemon Sun Drop

Earlier this year, Dr Pepper Snapple Group took their Sun Drop beverage national, exposing folks beyond the South to this great-tasting citrus beverage that competes with the likes of Mountain Dew and Mello Yello (and featuring the use of DPSG’s new “Legacy” bottles). Unfortunately, this national exposure only concerns original Sun Drop and Diet Sun Drop, leaving sibling Cherry Lemon Sun Drop as extremely hard to find. But if you can track it down, it’s well worth the hunt!

Cherry Lemon Sun Drop

Red in color and probably best correlated with Mountain Dew Code Red, Cherry Lemon Sun Drop has a fruity, Hawaiian Punch-type of scent. As for the taste, it’s actually more lemony than expected, with the cherry flavoring not overpowering the basis of the Sun Drop flavor. It’s actually quite refreshing to consider this combination, which uniquely contains both orange and cherry juice concentrates. There’s a bit of tropical “bite” to the taste, but overall it’s quite smooth. The aftertaste is quite clean, despite the use of high fructose corn syrup. Overall, it’s different, but good.

Prior to the national distribution of Sun Drop, the company ran a website at to directly sell the drink to people outside its limited distribution areas, creating a great opportunity for others to sample not only the flagship flavors, but also Cherry Lemon Sun Drop, Caffeine Free Sun Drop, and Diet Caffeine Free Sun Drop. When national distribution was put in place, DPSG pulled the plug on the website, thus limiting the exposure of the other flavors found in the product lineup. This is unfortunate, as Cherry Lemon Sun Drop is a unique enough twist on the “Cherry+Citrus” model that it should be experienced by a larger audience.

Cherry Lemon Sun Drop
Carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, orange juice concentrate, natural and artificial flavor, sodium benzoate (preservative), cherry juice concentrate, caffeine, caramel color, acadia gum, Red 40, Yellow 5, glycerol ester of wood rosin, brominated vegatable oil

A 20 oz bottle contains 300 calories, 50 mg sodium, and 77.5 g carbs (75 g sugars). Caffeine content is quite high, with 105 mg/20 oz, breaking down to 5.25 mg/oz, quite a bit higher than Mountain Dew’s 4.5 mg/oz.