The Coca-Cola Company has released Sprite Lymonade Legacy, a strawberry-lemonade-flavored take on the classic lemon-lime soda. Released with the tagline “Celebrating 50 Years of Hip-Hop”, will this soda do justice to the legacy of one the most influential musical movements of recent memory?
Here’s the bad news: the only music I listen to are Broadway show tunes and movie/videogame soundtracks. So, unless Hamilton counts, I’m completely unqualified to judge whether a strawberry-lemonade soda adequately represents hip-hop from a musical perspective. But I do know my way around a soda fountain, so I feel up to the task of reviewing this soda.
I open the lovely pink can, pour the soda into a glass, and am surprised at the lack of red or pink coloring in the liquid. It instead appears as ordinary, vaguely cloudy yellow lemonade. No doubt the cloudiness is from the modified food starch in the ingredient list and not the clarified lemon juice listed, but I appreciate how much like real lemonade it appears.
The scent is very strawberry-forward, and the flavor really brings the berry. It’s certainly artificial; you won’t mistake this for a freshly squeezed lemonade with crushed strawberries from the county fair. Think more of those old-fashioned strawberry candies. Underneath all that berry is a distinct lemon flavor, separate from the lemon-lime of classic Sprite, but there’s no mistaking this for regular Sprite Lymonade.
A strawberry flavor is a natural addition to the existing Sprite Lymonade. If you’re one to get excited about new sodas (And I am! And I suspect readers of this site are too), this may seem like an underwhelming brand extension. I, however, have come to appreciate this simple soda. At a time when Coca-Cola is releasing Coke varieties like “Pixel,” “Dreamworld,” and the upcoming “Sound Of A Lover’s Step As They Approach,” I can appreciate how much a touch of strawberry can add to a soft drink. The others all end up tasting like fruity bubblegum to me anyway.
Sprite Lymonade Legacy is a soda that does exactly what it promises. Some red coloring would have added to the strawberry experience, but the flavor is on point.
Purchased Price: $ 7.29
Size: 12 fl oz cans/12 pack
Purchased at: Woodman’s Market
Rating: 7 out of 10
Nutrition Facts: (1 can) 130 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 0 mg milligrams of cholesterol, 65 milligrams of sodium, 35 grams of carbohydrates, 0 grams of fiber, 35 grams of sugar (including 35 grams of added sugars), and 0 gram of protein.
3 thoughts to “REVIEW: Sprite Lymonade Legacy”
I googled Sprite just to find a commercial that I swear featured Drake and ended up reading about their marketing history. In the 90’s they had the “Obey your thirst” campaign that featured a bunch of rappers and has pretty much always marketed towards the “urban” market. So to answer a question nobody asked, Sprite has a soda dedicated to the history of hip hop because it’s always used hip hop to market to people.
Good review. I was a little less enamored with it but that may be because I’ve had canned Dole Strawberry Lemonade and even though it isn’t carbonated, it sets a very high bar for strawberry lemonade flavor.
Anyway, I wish Legacy was a little less artificial and didn’t have that sour finish. I get what they were going for but it just didn’t quite execute.
I read this review went and bought it and about got sick the second it hit both taste buds and my olfactory senses. To me, it tastes identical to the way RAID bug spray lemon scented smells. Ii am sorry I was unable to get past that. If you’ve never had to use RAID, you won’t understand, but if you have… the taste of this drink is almost identical and has the same terpene profile as the lemon scented RAID. Perhaps if I had never smelled the bug soray it would be a good taste but I gagged so hard I had to sit down and laugh, it was such an unexpected experience and reaction. And I have to admit I wondered for a bit if maybe I got a bad one and someone had put RAID in the bottle.. maybe even worried for a moment that I might curl up like an ant or cockroach.
.Funny but not, if you can understand. Sorry.