Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Unimpressive Exclusive: Mountain Dew Fails To Wow With Sangrita Blast!

The Good: Inexpensive
The Bad: Not terribly nutritious, Pretty lousy flavor
The Basics: Mountain Dew Sangrita Blast Soda is a disappointing limited edition flavor that does the franchise no great benefits.

Not very long ago, I was impressed by a drink at Taco Bell. Rather smartly, Taco Bell (reviewed here!) licensed the Mountain Dew name to create exclusive flavors and on one of the infrequent times that my wife and I went to the nearest Taco Bell, I found myself impressed. The Baja Blast flavor of Mountain Dew was pretty wonderful (especially for a mainstream soda brand) and it was enough to make me open to trying the Sangrita Blast Mountain Dew which was exclusive to Taco Bell, but is now available in stores. Sadly, Mountain Dew Sangrita Blast Soda is no Baja Blast. It is, however, fairly foul.

Mountain Dew Sangrita Blast Soda is not one of the better flavors of Mountain Dew and it is one of PepsiCo's more disappointing experiments.


Mountain Dew Sangrita Blast Soda is a bottled soda that is both sold at grocery stores and at Taco Bell. Each 20 fl. oz. plastic bottle houses the dark red liquid. The 20 oz. bottle represents a single serving of Mountain Dew Sangrita Blast Soda.

Ease Of Preparation

Mountain Dew Sangrita Blast Soda is a dark liquid in a clear 20 oz. bottle. Preparation is as easy as opening the bottle by twisting the bottle top off and drinking the liquid inside. I recommend refrigerating the bottle first, despite the flavor not being truly different between the cool and slightly warmer versions of the soda.


The aroma of the Sangrita Blast has an aroma that is a weird mix of berry and lime. If it weren't for a slightly sweet quality to the bouquet the Sangrita Blast Mountain Dew would smell most like cranberry soda.

On the tongue, the Mountain Dew Sangrita Blast is sour and despite a slight cherry flavor to the soda, the lime is surprisingly potent. More than regular Mountain Dew having a citrus flavor, the Sangrita Blast has a berry and strong lime flavor. The result is a taste that is most like sour cherry soda, which I had not tried before now.

The Sangrita Blast Mountain Dew has a strong, sour aftertaste like the lime without any hint of berry to it.


As a soda, one might expect this to have many unpronounceable ingredients and this is hardly an all-natural beverage. However, Mountain Dew Sangrita Blast Soda is made primarily of carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, and citric acid. There are no really good ingredients in this beverage.

Nutritionally, Mountain Dew Sangrita Blast Soda is not enough to live off of and this is pretty bad compared to other sodas (though it is on par with mainstream soda pops). Mountain Dew Sangrita Blast Soda has a whopping 72 grams of sugar. With 270 calories per serving, there are 170 milligrams of sodium in this. Mountain Dew Sangrita Blast Soda has no fat, nor any other nutrients.


Mountain Dew Sangrita Blast Soda comes in a plastic bottle and it has a very limited shelf life. The bottle we bought this week had a July 6, 2015 expiration date on it.

This drink is a dark 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.


Mountain Dew Sangrita Blast Soda is unfortunately sour and while it is not undrinkable, it is hard to find a reason to want to consume this flavor.

For other soda pops, please check out my reviews of:
Virgil’s Black Cherry Cream Soda
Sodastream Pina Colada Soda Mix
Jones Zilch Vanilla Bean 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!

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