Our resident lemonade enthusiast Ben Morrell dives into an organic take on the popular beverage
The lemonade you might make at home is often times very different from the lemonade that you might purchase at a restaurant or store. Sometimes this has to do with how well strained the contents of the juice are. In other situations, it’s the variety in the flavor of the lemons. Whatever it is, sometimes the homemade stuff shines, and sometimes it’s really tart.
The same can be said for store-bought lemonades. Sometimes they are all sugar plus a bit of ascorbic acid… and taste like lemon sugar water. Other times you get a more solid product than you could ever get from a tree in your own yard. Purity Organic Lemonade tastes like something you’d drink if you picked the lemons off the tree yourself. Is this a good thing, or a bad thing?
Purity Organic’s Lemonade caught my eye in the grocery store because the label looks like one of those Audubon Society flora and fauna field notes illustrations. The lemons are displayed around the label in various states of having been cut. Painted mostly with shades of yellow and a touch of bright green makes the lemons pop on the white background. A very basic black serif font makes the whole thing just feel like something you’d come across in a country store in the Midwest somewhere. To top it off the white bottle cap has a prominently printed black “p.” The whole feel of the bottle is very classy.
When I pulled out the bottle there was a bunch of sediment at the bottom so I had to give it a decent shake. Then I opened it and did the “first sniff” to see if I could get any hints about the taste. I honestly smelled nothing. I tipped it back, swallowed some, and I have to say I was surprised. Other lemonades that bill themselves as “Organic” tend to be very harsh on the “real” lemon flavor. It’s like they don’t know how to combine the lemon and sugar properly enough to make a cohesive flavor. NOT SO HERE!
Coming in at an amazing 15% real – not from concentrate juice – the lemon flavor reaches out and grabs you, but doesn’t take too tight of a turn into the tart area of your tongue. The tartness is there, as a good lemonade should contain the flavor of the fruit, but it’s not slapping down the other flavors that are going on in your mouth at the same time. The sugar (“evaporated organic cane juice”) is very well balanced with the amount of lemon juice. Overall it creates a very harmonic lemon flavor bringing out the sweet notes with the cane sugar while taming the tart tones that tend to rise up and overpower other organic lemonades.
Coming in at over 250 calories for a whole bottle (serving per container, two) this drink isn’t exactly “diet,” but it is probably my number two choice in lemonade right now. Frankly, if I preferred my lemonade a touch more tart than sweet this would probably be number one. I can’t recommend this one enough. If you see it, know it’s a solid buy and a consumable I would recommend… and a great compliment to any summer meal.
Purity Organic Lemonade
Filtered water, organic lemon juice, organic evaporated cane juice, organic natural flavors, ascorbic acid.
A 16.9 oz bottle contains 259.8 calories, 0 mg sodium, and 69.7 g carbs (63.4 g sugars)