After Arizona launched 3 flavors of their Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Lemonade back in April – Honey with Ginseng, Strawberry, and Mango – it didn't take long for another line extension to materialize. "Due to consumer demand," a lower calorie version of the flagship flavor has rolled out: Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Lemonade 10 Calories – Honey.
Per the official press release, Arizona actually calls this product "Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Ten Original Lemonade," which is interesting, because the "Ten" element is not really played up very prominently in the design. Also, nowhere on the can is the word "Original" actually used.
In fact, when you look at the regular Honey with Ginseng flavor next to its 10 Calorie version, it may be pretty easy to confuse the two with a slight glance. They look a LOT alike!
So how does this drink cut the calories from the original version, which was sweetened with high fructose corn syrup, sucralose, sucrose, and acesulfame potassium and honey? The HFCS is dumped in favor of sugar, honey, and sucralose.
Regarding the taste, first consult our review on the original Honey with Ginseng flavor. Using that as a baseline, this drink smells the same when you first open the can. However, the taste is notably different from the get-go. There's no hiding that this is a low-calorie drink. The artificial sweeteners and their associated aftertaste are pretty obvious. If you used to drinks like Crystal Light or other diet, non-carbonated beverages, this is in the same ballpark. It's still quite sweet, like the original version of this flavor, but it's also quite fake. That said, the ginseng effect is still at play and doesn't seem to have been toned down from the original. (I note this because I typically get headaches from ginseng… so there you go!) So in summary, if you are cool with the taste associated with artificial sweeteners, then this is a really good low-calorie adaptation of the popular Honey with Ginseng Lemonade flavor.
It will be interesting to see if other Golden Bear flavors get the 10 Calories treatment. I'd look for this to follow the pattern set by Arnold Palmer, where they have a full calorie, low calorie, and a zero calorie of the flagship drink. We'll see!
Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Lemonade – 10 Calories – Honey
Water, lemon juice from concentrate, pear juice from concentrate, honey, sugar, citric acid, pectin, natural flavor, malice acid, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), sucralose, gum acacia, beta carotene for color, ester gum, ginseng extract
A 23 oz can contains approximately 3 servings. If you were to drink the entire can, it contains a little over 28.8 calories, 28.8 mg sodium, and 8.2 g carbs (8.2 g sugars). "Contains 10% juice."
Official Website: DrinkArizona.com
Full Disclosure: This beverage was provided compliments of Arizona Beverage Company