Review: Leninade Soda

Leninade is a beverage that completely sells itself on its packaging and crazy pitch.  The drink itself almost seems secondary to how it looks.



It’s made by the folks at Real Soda in Real Bottles, as an exclusive brand for the company, which primarily specializes in distributing unique/regional sodas around the country. Real Soda, like other nostalgia-oriented bottlers, looks out for forgotten brands to sell. In some cases, they become a distributor; in others, they seek out producing beverages on their own.

Leninade is a beverage that harkens back to political propaganda of the Soviet Union. The name itself is a combination of “Lenin” and “Lemonade.” Humorous phrases referencing Communism or life in the U.S.S.R. adorn the 12 oz glass bottle. Some include:

  • Leninade: A Taste Worth Standing In Like For!
  • Get Hammered & Sickled!
  • Join the Party!
  • Surprisingly Satisfying Simple Soviet Style Soda
  • A Party in Every Bottle!
  • Drink Comrade! Drink! It’s This or the Gulag!
  • War is Best Served Cold

The bottle is a nice keepsake by itself, as the graphics are printed directly on the glass. No stickers or paper labels here! The redish-pink drink inside has a subtle cherry citrus scent; not overpowering or candy-like.

The bottle itself does not describe the flavor, and upon the sip, it’s rather hard to place. There are elements of lemon, citrus, cherry, and grapefruit… at least that’s why my tastes buds were saying. Sweetened with cane sugar, this is quite a sweet drink. The non-traditional flavor profile helps it stand alone both in positioning and taste. Leninade is as unique as finding an Eastern Bloc Olympic athlete not using steroids. Recommended!

Carbonated water, cane sugar, citric acid, gum acadia, natural and artificial flavor, glyceryl abietate, sodium benzoate, and artificial color.

A 12 oz bottle contains 150 calories, 35 mg sodium, and 38 g carbs (38 g sugars). Caffeine free.