What soft drinks to buy: editorial test

In summer, lemonades perfectly quench your thirst. The Challenger editors chose five options for this drink to conduct an independent examination. Here is the result!

Photo: Nastya Baranova

Nutritional value per 100 g: carbohydrates 9.5 g; 40 kcal

Ingredients: prepared drinking water, sugar, acidity regulator - citric acid, lemon plant extract, lemon sorghum extract, dye - sugar color 1 simple, preservative - sorbic acid.

Shelf life: 60 days

Price: 89 rub.

TasteVille lemonade

This lemonade is prepared according to the traditional recipe, it has a relatively short time compared to lemonades from other manufacturers shelf life. And all because the drink does not contain sodium benzoate, which is found in most carbonated drinks (this preservative gives lemonade a long shelf life and makes it resistant to any temperature conditions). The composition of VkusVille lemonade does not contain artificial colors or flavors, but it could not do without a preservative. The drink is sold in a plastic bottle.

Editorial rating: 3.

8 points (the result is the average rating put by the editorial staff during a private vote, the taste of the product was evaluated).

Galya Khatiashvili

editor-in-chief, operating director

This drink is not very pronounced taste (maybe due to the lack of flavor enhancers?), it looks more like weak sweet tea with lemon. It feels like lemonade is highly carbonated. In general, the taste is pleasant.

Nutritional value per 100 g : carbohydrates 9 g; 34 kcal

Ingredients: prepared drinking water, sugar, flavoring, dye sugar color IV, acidity regulator - citric acid.

Shelf life: 18 months

Price: 49 rub.


Perhaps one of the few lemonades in glass bottles that does not contain a preservative. Another plus - the drink is made on the basis of Senezhskaya water, extracted from a depth of more than two hundred meters. The manufacturer assures that he has preserved the original recipe of the 80s - and indeed, the taste of the drink is appropriate!

Editorial rating: 3.7 points.

Anya Shchekina

chef- editor

Indeed, the taste is from childhood! This is the kind of soda used to be sold in vending machines. But it’s not like classic lemonade. Not enough acidity, although citric acid appears in the composition.

Nutritional value per 100 g : carbohydrates 12 g; 45 kcal

Ingredients: Prepared artesian water, sugar, concentrated lemon juice, natural flavors, acidity regulator - phosphoric acid, thickeners - xanthan gum, gum arabic, natural dye safflower extract, caramel color dye , preservative potassium sorbate.

Expiration date: 12 months

Price: 54 rub.

If we were to compare not only the taste of drinks, but also the packaging design perhaps this lemonade would be a winner. Elegant glass containers are decorated in a vintage style, the label is compact, a relief pattern with a logo is applied directly to the glass on both sides of the bottle. The composition of this lemonade can not be called ideal, however, the taste is excellent.

Edition rating: 5 points.

Anya Tyuchkalova


If you drink it chilled, an excellent summer drink, quenches your thirst well.

The taste is moderately sweet, moderately sour - as it should be.

Nutritional value per 100 g : carbohydrates 11 g; 45 kcal

Ingredients: prepared drinking water, sugar, multifruit juice base (concentrated juices: apple, white grape, pear, antioxidant ascorbic acid), acidity regulator - citric acid, flavor natural "Neutral emulsion" (stabilizers - gum arabic, esters of glycerol and resin acids, natural flavoring; antioxidants - ascorbic acid, tocopherols, mixture concentrate, ascorbyl palmitate; acidity regulator - lactic acid), "Lulo" flavoring, flavor Passion fruit (contains antioxidant alpha-tocopherol), sodium benzoate preservative, sugar color dye I simple, complex food supplement "Yellow" (colorants - yellow quinoline, yellow sunset FCF, food salt).

Expiration date: 18 months

Price: 71 rub.

This drink is an example of what lemonade should not be. As part of a lot of excess, there are not the safest additives, including dyes.

The label says that the drink "contains dyes that may adversely affect the activity and attention of children" . I wonder what logic the manufacturer of this drink was guided by, choosing a name for itself - Healthy Products LLC?

Editorial board rating: 2.7 points.

Nastya Baranova


This lemonade has a pronounced aroma. The drink tastes very similar to a candy diluted in water.

The taste is not natural, the composition is too voluminous.

Nutritional value per 100 g : carbohydrates 8.9 g; 38 kcal

Ingredients: water, reconstituted lemon juice (16%), sugar, carbon dioxide, natural flavor (lemon).

Expiration date: 90 days

Price: 88 rub.

This lemonade is the most expensive of all presented in our review (the drink is sold in glass bottles of 0.

2 liters). Drink S. Pellegrino Lemonata has a high citrus juice content of Sicily (16%) and low sugar content. Lemonade does not contain dyes and preservatives, made on the basis of mineral water.

Edition rating: 4,5 points.

Anya Shchekina


This drink is very different from the others - it looks more like soda, and water with the addition of juice.

By the way, lemonade is easy to make at home, The Challenger asked several Moscow chefs share recipes for this refreshing drink.



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