Saturday, September 15, 2012

Creative, But Not Quite Worth The Cost: Jones Strawberry Lime Soda

The Good: Decent taste, Not overly carbonated.
The Bad: Not terribly nutritious, Quite a bit pricier than most.
The Basics: Jones Strawberry Lime Soda is a good, but not great, soda that tastes pretty much like other strawberry soda pops, making it impossible to justify the price.

Part of making myself healthier has been limiting my soda pop intake. I have no more than one soda per day (if that), but I also make an effort to have good, creative, independently-produced beverages more often than not. Rather than going for the regulars like Pepsi and Coca-cola, I like trying sodas from Virgil’s and Jones. My first experiences with Jones Sodas were through Panera Bread (reviewed here!) and I’ve found that I enjoy sampling the different flavors outside that restaurant experience whenever I can. Tonight, that takes the form of Jones Strawberry Lime Soda.

Jones Strawberry Lime Soda is a premium soda that is sold in glass bottles from Jones.


Jones Strawberry Lime Soda is a bottled soda that is both sold at grocery stores and restaurants like Panera Breat. Each 12 oz. glass bottle houses the bright red liquid. The bottles look good and while Jones is a smaller company, they are big enough that their operation is completely professional. Jones Soda has photo contests to appear on the labels.

The 12 oz. bottle represents a single serving of Jones Strawberry Lime Soda.

Ease Of Preparation

Jones Strawberry Lime Soda is a liquid in a clear 16 oz. bottle. Preparation is as easy as opening the bottle by popping the bottle cap off and drinking the liquid inside. I recommend refrigerating the bottle first as its full flavor potential is reached by having it cool.


The aroma of the Strawberry Lime is certainly dominated by the strawberry scent. In fact, smelling the soda only prepares the consumer for the strawberry aspect of the beverage. The smell is sweet and fruity and actually quite inviting.

On the taste front, the flavor is initially sweet and clearly that of strawberries. The sour lime taste kicks in at the back of the tongue as an aftertaste that is very strong and crisp. With each new sip, the flavor of strawberry increases and the lime aftertaste diminishes. The result is a drink that tastes – by the end of the bottle – pretty solidly of strawberry with decent carbonation. Unfortunately, this makes it also taste like other company’s strawberry soda, like Strawberry Crush.


As a soda, one might expect this to have many unpronounceable ingredients. However, Jones Strawberry Lime Soda is made primarily of carbonated water, inverted cane sugar, and citric acid. There are no unpronounceable ingredients in this and Jones seems committed to creating a uniquely-flavored beverage that is not as bad as other sodas!

Nutritionally, Jones Strawberry Lime Soda is not enough to live off of, but it could be worse. Jones Strawberry Lime Soda has a whopping 39 grams of sugar. With 160 calories per serving, there are 35 miligrams of sodium in this. Jones Strawberry Lime Soda has no fat, nor any other nutrients.


Jones Strawberry Lime Soda comes in a glass bottle and there is no clear expiration date on the bottle. There is a batch code printed on the side of the bottle neck.

This drink is a bright red color and if it gets on light fabrics it will certainly stain them. Consult a care guide for your clothes, though I suspect even light clothes will be able to wash the soda right out. As well, the drink wipes off surfaces easily with a cloth, assuming they are impermeable.


Jones Strawberry Lime Soda is intriguing, but ultimately not better than other, less expensive strawberry sodas. At (locally) over $7 for a four pack, this is way too expensive for the taste.

For other soda pops, please check out my reviews of:
Maine Root Blueberry Soda
Stewart’s Orange ‘N Cream Soda
Virgil’s Black Cherry Cream Soda


For other food and drink reviews, please visit my Food Review Index Page for a complete listing of all the foods I have reviewed!

© 2012 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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