Nesbitt’s California Honey Lemonade

Nesbitt’s is a line of beverages that bring back a lot of memories for the baby boomer generation. Their orange is considered a classic, almost to the status of something legendary. Orange is a pretty classic flavor for soda. But Nesbitt’s also offers something a bit less classic – their California Honey Lemonade. This drink is actually non-carbonated. I think it’s actually the first non-carbonated drink I have had in a traditional long neck bottle. Here is the ingredient list: Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Modified Food Starch, Glyceryl Abietate, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Ascorbic Acid, Brominated Vegetable Oil, Honey & Yellow #5.

Now I said this drink was non-carbonated but both my wife and I felt it seemed to have the mouth feel of a mostly, but not entirely flat soda. That doesn’t seem to make sense. That aside, the flavor was kind of disappointing. While not being bad, it just wasn’t strong enough. The honey taste was there, but I think it was overwhelmed by the drink’s other sweetener – High Fructose Corn Syrup. Notice where honey falls on the ingredient list. It would be last if it wasn’t for the artificial color used. It didn’t taste bad, so that is why it’s 3 star worthy. But in the end, the taste feel flat, when though the drink itself didn’t, when it was suppose to (if that makes any sense!)

Here a couple drinks that utilized honey really well:
Americana Honey Lime Ginger Ale
Sprecher Cream Soda

Old 52 General Store The Old 52 General Stores carries 4 Nesbitt’s flavors: Honey Lemonade, Orange, Peach, and Strawberry. You can purchase these drinks online or at their store in Sabin, Minnesota.

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