Mtn Dew Spiked Raspberry Lemonade with Prickly Pear Cactus Juice

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Mtn Dew added a brand new line of beverages to their current existing products called Mtn Dew Spiked.  Currently, It has two flavors for this new product line and the name Spiked does not mean the drink contains alcohol. In fact, it stated Non-Alcoholic at the bottom of the can. If you look at it closely, it’s spiked with prickly pear cactus juice but the whole 16 oz can only contains 2% juice. However, there are no artificial sweeteners like Sucralose or acesulfame potassium in the ingredient list. This Mtn Dew Spiked Raspberry Lemonade uses sugar for sweetener according to the ingredients listed on the can. Now, the question becomes would it taste better? By the way, based on the information provided by WebMD.com, Prickly Pear Cactus juice is used in jellies and candies.

The aroma smelled similar to berry like fruits but not exactly sure if it’s Raspberry. The color was all pink with a bit transparency to it. The first sip tasted lightly sweetened with a hint of citrus at the end after you swallow down the sip. After few sips, you could detect the berry like flavor in the sip but no luck with lemonade. Since this drink only contains 2% juice, I couldn’t taste the Prickly Pear Cactus juice at all even after finishing half of the can. During the tasting process, the berry like flavor started to add up after couple sips and it begins to taste as if the Raspberry was the dominate flavor. At the same time, the tart tasted was heating up as well as you continue to drink.  Also, the caffeine wasn’t that strong compare to other Mtn Dew drinks with the same size. There wasn’t any awful aftertaste for this drink.

The ingredients for this Mtn Dew Spiked Raspberry Lemonade spiked with Prickly Pear Cactus Juice include: Carbonated Water, Sugar, Citric Acid, Prickly Pear Juice Concentrate, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Natural Flavor, Agave Syrup, Sodium Benxoate, Gum Arabic, Sodium Citrate, Caffeine, Purified Stevia Leaf Extract, Glycerol Ester of Rosin, Calcium Sodium EDTA, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, RED 40, Blue 1 and Caffeine Content: 72mg / 16 oz.

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