There’s few things in life better than waking from a big night out to gorge yourself on rashers of bacon, egg, sausage, potato waffle, beans, grilled tomatoes, a fried slice and then either a glass of ice cold grapefruit juice, or even better, a fresh grapefruit, the edge taken off with a scattering of sugar. Grapefruit is bitter, but also flavoursome and it has the power to burn through a hangover with cleansing acidity, leaving you feeling like you can put your shoes on and leave the house.
As for fizzy grapefruit… well, I have to admit I don’t think I have any experience of that. I am casting my mind back, but… no, I can’t remember ever drinking it before, but hey, there’s a first time for everything and well, as a big fan of grapefruit juice, surely adding carbonation is a workable concept?
I’ve drunk a few bottles of SodaStream Pink Grapefruit so far and I think overall I quite like it. Definite believable grapefruit taste, a nod towards the sour, good mild pink colouration and a pleasing fruity aroma. Holds fizz well and the tingle of grapefruit taste when you push the limit of carbonation makes this a pretty refreshing drink, well suited to washing down the aforementioned mammoth breakfast.
Where it missteps is in leaning a little too much towards sweetness. Presumably the belief was that this wouldn’t work as a fizzy drink without a healthy sack full of sugar, but the effect while not wholly unpleasant is to take away from the expectation of bitterness and leave a slightly cloying aftertaste. Definitely still refreshing, but with too much sweetness a little bit too much like a grapefruit tinted lemonade and not enough like the wince-inducing super-fruit I was seeking.
Well, lets not be too harsh and in fairness perhaps wincing isn’t something most people are looking for from a beverage anyway. Basically, this is a good attempt at an unusual fizzy drink and I’m going to happily keep drinking it. It’s a decent compliment to a hot day, but not the universal panacea for a heavy session.