Review: Arizona Lemon Lime Rickey, Grape Lime Rickey, & Mango Lime Rickey


Last year, Arizona launched a Cherry Lime Rickey beverage to help celebrate their 20th anniversary. As we reviewed, it was a very refreshing drink that we really liked. Our thoughts probably weren’t isolated, because Arizona has used that beverage to launch an entire Lime Rickey lineup, including new flavors Arizona Lemon Lime Rickey, Arizona Grape Lime Rickey, & Arizona Mango Lime Rickey.

Arizona Lemon Lime Rickey, Mango Lime Rickey, & Grape Lime Rickey

Arizona Lemon Lime Rickey, Mango Lime Rickey, & Grape Lime Rickey

The 3 new flavors join the existing Arizona Cherry Lime Rickey flavor, sharing the same primary design cues of the original red can. The Grape can is purple, Lemon is yellow, and Mango features orange, each with graphics that illustrate the named flavor. They are still use Kenny Vidinich’s amazingly-hard-to-read design, which apparently Arizona liked enough to build a franchise around. Like the original Cherry flavor, these 23.5 oz cans also feature a white top, but the new flavors share the same color pulltab — green (the original Cherry flavor had a red pulltab). All flavors as sweetened primarily with high fructose corn syrup, with small doses of artificial sweeteners sucralose and acesulfame potassium added into the mix — but you really can’t notice them.

Arizona Lemon Lime Rickey

Arizona Lemon Lime Rickey

Let’s start with Arizona Lemon Lime Rickey, which is basically a very sour lemonade with quite a kick of flavor. Your mouth puckers up when drinking it, but for some reason, desires more. A light yellow colored beverage, it features a slight lemony scent. Denoted as a “sparkling” beverage, the carbonation level is quite high. As for flavor, it’s lemon, it’s lime, it’s all in one can with a bunch of bubbles… plus a tad bit of honey. Quite good, but packs a sour punch!

Arizona Lemon Lime Rickey
Carbonated filtered water, high fructose corn syrup (glucose-fructose syrup), lemon juice from concentrate, pear juice from concentrate, honey, lime juice from concentrate, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), natural flavor, sucralose, acesulfame potassium, beta carotene for color.

A 23.5 oz can contains 205.6 calories, 29.4 mg sodium, and 55.8 g carbs (52.9 g sugars). Caffeine free.

Arizona Mango Lime Rickey

Arizona Mango Lime Rickey

Moving on to Arizona Mango Lime Rickey, which features a slightly orange-tinted color, matching the citrus accents found in the scent. In some respects, this Mango Lime combination reminded me of Arizona’s Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Lemonade with Mango. The distinctive mango flavoring mixed with a lemon/lime accent is a good combo (there’s actual mango puree inside). That said, of all the new Lime Rickeys, this is probably my least favorite. That’s more of a personal preference, as I just enjoy Grape and Lemon flavoring more than Mango. This Mango flavor is very solid, and enthusiasts of this type of flavor won’t be disappointed.

Arizona Mango Lime Rickey
Carbonated filtered water, high fructose corn syrup (glucose-fructose syrup), mango puree, pear juice from concentrate, citric acid, lime juice from concentrate, natural flavor, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), vegetable juice for color, sucralose, acesulfame potassium, gum acacia, ester gum.

A 23.5 oz can contains 205.6 calories, 29.4 mg sodium, and 52.9 g carbs (49.9 g sugars). Caffeine free.

Arizona Grape Lime Rickey

Arizona Grape Lime Rickey

Now we come to what I believe is the best Lime Rickey product of them all (including original Cherry), Arizona Grape Lime Rickey. In summary, grape and lime just work really well together. Bitter and sweet, robust and accented, deep and citrusy. Grape sodas tend to all taste the same, namely heavily on syrupy overtones that really bury the flavor (Grape Nehi and Boylan’s Grape being a notable exception, along with a few other “premium” soda products). But historically, you can’t find a very accessible carbonated grape that you’ll want to drink again. Some alternative takes have turned our heads over the years, including Mountain Dew Pitch Black. Arizona’s Grape Lime Rickey is an excellent grape product, while twisting the genre a bit with the addition of lime. Excellent combination and worthy of purchasing whenever you find it.

Arizona Grape Lime Rickey
Carbonated filtered water, high fructose corn syrup (glucose-fructose syrup), pear juice from concentrate, red grape juice from concentrate, citric acid, lime juice from concentrate, honey, natural flavor, ascorbic acid (Vitamin C), sucralose, acesulfame potassium.

A 23.5 oz can contains 205.6 calories, 29.4 mg sodium, and 52.9 g carbs (49.9 g sugars). Caffeine free.

Overall, kudos to Arizona for expanding their Lime Rickey line. They are all very sweet, and given the can size and carbonation, it’s probably best to find someone to share these drinks with (as they’ll go flat if you try to save some for later). Still, they provide a light and refreshing combination of flavors, and in some cases, help to revitalize certain flavor genres. Highly recommended.