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• Caffeine free
• Low calorie
• No artificial sweetener
• Preservative free
• Made in New Zealand
• Shake before use
• Refrigerate after opening
We've crafted a premium cola that won't disappoint. We blend New Zealand dark malt, squeezed limes and lemons to create a true classic dry cola that everyone will love. Adding a touch of natural sweetener means less sugar and being caffeine free, adults and kids will love this refreshing and dry thirst quencher.
I am always game to try a new cola drink so I welcomed the opportunity to review this one. I liked the look of the ingredients: natural and wholesome items (which is no more than I have come to expect from Barker's), and with less sugar than you might find in similar syrups.
I was surprised when I tasted it. My friends, who tried it with me, were impressed by the flavour. It was more of a designer drink than a regular cola, with the smoothness you get from an artisan drink. We did not have access to a SodaStream but used purchased plain soda water as a mix and that worked out perfectly. Using the 6:1 proportion suggested on the label, we all tried it - as I had expected, some wanted a little more soda while two of us wanted a stronger brew.
Personally, I would have preferred less sweetener in the product. I tried putting in more soda but it diluted the flavour too much. I am used to the sharper taste of diet beverages, so I don't like my drinks too sweet. However, the others did not agree: they like full strength products steeped in sugar so they were more than happy with the sweetness factor.
We could all detect the lemon and lime components, and the malt aftertaste provided a welcome full-bodied flavour to the mix. Being caffeine free meant it was a good drink to have late in the day without running the risk of resulting insomnia, and it could safely be given to children who might become hyperactive if given a highly caffeinated alternative.
We found it made a great mixer - we tried the diluted product mixed with ice and with orange slices floating on the top, chilled and added to brown rum (magic!), and served as a float with ice cream on top. It was also nice mixed with whisky, or made into a strong cordial and then frozen in individual ice block trays for a hot weather cooler.
If I were choosing a summer drink, I would go for this one but would then add some lime or lemonade slices from my trees. This would reduce the sweetness without compromising the flavour. I have not yet tried it this way as I did my testing while I was away from home and did not have access to fresh citrus. But now that I am back home, I will be doing some more experimenting with new ways of trying this product.
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We enjoy Lemon, Lime & Bitters at the end of a long hot day or after a hard session in the garden. We've crafted it to deliver a delicious citrus bite finishing with a refreshing dash of bitters. By adding a touch of natural sweetener it means *less sugar and fewer calories.
*41% less sugar when compared to Barker's Lemon ... more...
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