To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Arizona Beverages hosted a contest to come up with a new limited edition flavor, complete with a unique name and design. The result is Arizona Cherry Lime Rickey, available exclusively at 7-Eleven.
A "Rickey" is generally considered a base alcoholic spirit, combined with lime and carbonated water. Arizona's version is a light, non-alcoholic carbonated beverage that has a nice cherry flavor start, followed by a lime finish. It reminded me a lot of Hansen's Strawberry Kiwi in overall structure (or maybe a bit like the limited time Sierra Mist Strawberry Kiwi Splash), but with cherry replacing the strawberry flavor.
The drink is red/pink in color – and translucent, with a notable cherry scent. It's light and bubbly, with a high level of sweetness, derived from high fructose corn syrup, with a tiny addition of sucralose and Ace-K (acesulfame potassium) to cut down on the calories. I really didn't note the artificial sweeteners when sampling.
The can design was created by Kenny Vidinich, who was the winner of the crowd-sourced contest. It's a bright pink and lime green design, which to be honest, is a bit hard to read when it comes to the flavor name (which is helped by clear text on the bottom of the can denoting that this is a "Sparkling Cherry Lime"). The can also contains a QR Code as part of a contest, as well as a classy white top (in contrast to the standard metallic look).
Overall, this is a refreshing drink in a distinctive can. It's a bummer that it can only be found at 7-Eleven, as I think many more would be interested in sampling the beverage, but will be limited due to distribution (though there are 6,700+ stores in the U.S.) If you find it, it's a tasty "rickey" to try!
Arizona Cherry Lime Rickey
Carbonated filtered water, high fructose corn syrup (glucose-fructose syrup), pear juice from concentrate, mango puree, cherry juice from concentrate, lime juice from concentrate, lemon juice from concentrate, strawberry juice from concentrate, citric acid, fruit and vegetable juice for color, natural flavor, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), sucralose, gum acacia, acesulfame potassium, ester gum
A 23.5 oz can contains 205.6 calories, 29.4 mg sodium, and 55.8 g carbs (52.9 g sugars). Caffeine free.