Passionate lemonade enthusiast Ben Morrell continues his review series on this popular genre of drinks
With most beverages there is a right way, a wrong way, and a different way to make to make, brew or mix them. Lemonade is no different. Finding that mix of lemon to water and sugar ratio isn’t easy. I’ve tried it at home and sampled lemonade from all over the place. Today’s lemonade review is of Turkey Hill Lemonade. While here at BevReview we’ve previously looked at Turkey Hill Sweet Tea, it’s time to find out how well they do when it comes to finding that magical lemonade mixture!
First off the bottle is attractive, with a look that reminds me of something I would have thoroughly enjoyed as a kid in the 80′s. Bright yellow label with lemons and a vibrant yellow cap to offset the little bit of thick semi-opaque plastic. At 20 fluid oz and 2.5 servings per bottle, this beverage appears large when sitting on the shelf or even in the hand.
Cracking the top open and smelling the juice inside reminds me of a simple yellow sucker or lollipop. Maybe like a Jolly Rancher candy. The beverage itself (at 10% fruit juice) doesn’t stray far from the smell. I was expecting a little stronger lemon flavor, but it is actually pretty watery tasting. The zing of heavy citric acid is lacking though, which surprised me. The flavor is fairly smooth as lemonades go, but the sweet is very sweet. Powered by high fructose corn syrup as well as sugar, it lacks the throat-coat that can come from HFCS. However, the sweet flavor is strong nonetheless.
Downing the whole bottle isn’t too difficult but would land you 300 calories of little more than citric acid-flavored watery lemonade. This bottle cost me a sum total of 98 cents so really it’s probably cheaper than a bottle of water the same size. If this was the only option for lemonade available I wouldn’t pass it up, so I want to convey this isn’t a BAD lemonade, but it’s also not a GREAT lemonade.
It’s smooth, a little too sweet, but the lemon flavor won’t knock you out either. Overall I would say it was refreshing, especially if you had just been outside on a hot day. In that situation, I would imagine the “failings” of this drink would fall away rather quickly. But as a casual drink that you would have sitting around at home when you haven’t been running around, it comes up a bit short, mainly in the sweetness category.
It’s worth a try, though, especially at the super-cheap cost. If you can’t find any top-tier lemonade, then Turkey Hill Lemonade is an acceptable replacement.