If 2020 had a product of the year, then it would have to be toilet paper. I'm not sure why that has become a hot product. I'm also sure a lot of other people are just as bewildered about that as I am. Honestly, the product of the year probably should be hand soap. However, if I were to pick a product that really represented the year then it would be lemonade.
Why lemonade? Because this year really seems to be about taking lemons and making lemonade. It was all fun and games with Barbara Walter's memes in January (although if nothing else the memes have kept the laughs going). Now, things are about figuring out how to go forward taking something tart, and making something good out of it.
Well, this lemonade reminds me of summer. And not summer 2020, it reminds me of simpler times (pre-2020) of having a BBQ and sitting outside with a group of friends. Without the term social distancing entering our lexicon.
There is nothing really questionable about the ingredients in this product. It's all the things you would find in a homemade lemonade: lemon juice, sugar, and water. No preservatives. But also not pasteurized.
So unless you aren't supposed to have anything that is unpasteurized this gets a solid green light from me.
A lot of lemonades just taste like something is off with them. They never quite taste like homemade.
But this actually does.
It is a good balance between the tartness of the lemon juice and the careful balance of sugar. It manages not to be cloyingly sweet which can also be a flaw too. It also doesn't go in the opposite direction and taste too watery. The acidity is that of real lemons (not to be confused with bottled lemon juice either)
This is all lemon flavor tempered with the right amount of sugar.
Unlike other lemonade options, you'll have to look in the refrigerated case with the juices It is fresh and does not have a long shelf life thanks to the absence of preservatives.
For $3.49 if you are longing for the taste of simpler times, then this is a solid item to reach for.
Would I buy this again? Yes, I would buy Trader Joe's Freshly Squeezed Lemonade again.
Did you try it? Let me know what you think in the comments section!
The visual rundown
The bottle of Trader Joe's Freshly Squeezed Lemonade:
Calories and ingredients
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Trader Joe's Freshly Squeezed Lemonade
Product Name: Trader Joe's Freshly Squeezed Lemonade
Product Description: Trader Joe's Freshly Squeezed Lemonade tastes like homemade.
Trader Joe's Freshly Squeezed Lemonade is a new refrigerated lemonade.
- As good as homemade
- Simple ingredients
- It is unpasteurized so if you fall into a specific group who are told to avoid those products, then I'm sorry, you are going to miss out on this one.