Following up Boylan Shirley Temple Soda — their first “Seasonal Release” — the upscale beverage brand cranked out Boylan Sparkling Lemonade Soda over the summer. The other day I walked into Joey’s Soda & Snacks here in Chicago and picked up a bottle before it was gone forever.
Bottled in the standard Boylan 12 oz glass container, the clear look showcases the cloudy-colored lemonade inside. The label has a summer-hinting yellow/blue color scheme, calling out the use of “Cane Sugar” inside. When you remove the bottlecap, you are greeted with a faint lemon scent, reminiscent of floor cleaner. But that’s not really a bad thing, but more a reflection of the lemon taste.
The drink itself isn’t what I expected. I was rather disappointed. I was hoping for something on par with Izze Sparkling Lemon, with a muted-but-authentic lemon taste. Instead, the flavor was more like what we found earlier this summer with Snapple’s Summer Daze Lemonade, with a very sweet flavorbase. There’s 1% lemon juice in this drink, but for the most part, it still tastes more on a “fake lemon” side of things. Overall, it’s not one of the better offerings from Boylan. Good thing it was just a short-term drink.
Boylan Sparkling Lemonade Soda
Carbonated water, cane sugar, citric acid, lemon juice (from concentrate), natural flavor, sodium benzoate (preserves freshness), acacia gum, sucrose acetate isobutyrate, glycerol ester of wood rosin.
A 12 oz bottle contains 180 calories, 30 mg sodium, and 42 g carbs (42 g sugars). Caffeine free.