Guest reviewer Jason Steele returns with a look at another unique Gatorade flavor.
Gatorade must release Limited Edition flavors around the same time each year knowing that it will be unbearably hot in Chicago.
Almost exactly one year ago today, I wrote a guest review for Gatorade Sandria Citrus. I started that review with "As I write this it is about 94 degrees here in Chicago; perfect Gatorade weather." Well guess what? As I write this review for Gatorade's new Limited Edition Flavor, Cool Blue Cherry, it is about 94 degrees here in Chicago and is perfect Gatorade weather. So here we go again!
Cool Blue Cherry is apparently a 7-Eleven-specific flavor. They have been advertising it for a week but none of the 7-Elevens I went to had it. I finally found it today. The special is "Two 32 oz. bottles for $5". Is that a good deal? I don't know but it's new so I had to try it.
Let's start with the color – it looks like blue toilet water. You know how some people put those Ty-D-Bowl discs in their toilet tank to make it look like… what? The Western Caribbean Sea? Like I am doing my business in the ocean? I never understood that. In any case, it's that color. Usually drinks that are that color aren't great. 'Tis the case here.
Gatorade is still sticking with that confusing "G Series – Perform  02 " nonsense. Does anyone actually know what that branding means?
The taste is okay. When you open it up and take a whiff, it smells like a melted Rocket Pop. Remember those red, white, and blue-colored popsicles that are both delicious and messy in the summer? Awesome. I initially thought the taste would heavy on the cherry, especially since both the G-lightning bolt and the word "Cherry" are denoted in bright red colors. However, the flavor is more akin to taking a blue raspberry freeze pop, melting it, and adding two and a half cups of water. It's a very watered down flavor, which was the same problem I had with the Sandria Citrus. I want bolder flavors (like Limon-Pepino), not milder ones. There really is no difference between Cool Blue Cherry and some of the blue or red Frost flavors.
Overall, it's not awful, but it's also not great. I'd probably rate it a 5/10 and I wouldn't buy again.
Gatorade Cool Blue Cherry
Water, sucrose, dextrose, citric acid, natural and artificial flavor, salt, sodium citrate, monopotassium phosphate, modified food starch, glycerol ester of rosin, Blue 1
A 12 oz serving contains 80 calories, 160 mg sodium, 45 mg potassium, and 21 g carbs (21 g sugars).