Sunday, June 15, 2014

Santa Cruz Organic Lemonades (review & giveaway)

Disclosure: I received sample products to help facilitate the review. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

Santa Cruz Organic (Lemonade and Mango Lemonade)
Refreshing crisp flavor. Not too sweet, and not at all heavy!

Santa Cruz Organic offers a good number of products for sale, including Lemonade and Mango Lemonade. We tried both, and to my surprise and absolute delight, they were both very refreshing, not too sweet, and not at all heavy! In fact, my husband (the HUGE lemonade lover in our home) called it 'watery' but not in a bad way!! And I have to agree, it was light enough to be called watery, but still very flavorful and the lemonade had a nice little tart to it.

I don't like lemonade that's heavy, or sugary. This one was neither and I found it absolutely pleasant. It was a brand of lemonade that lives up the hype of loving ice cold lemonade on a hot summer day! I can see myself drinking this all season long!

When it comes to drinks, I usually like them straight, little or no sugar, and definitely not mixed (flavors). My husband is the complete opposite and with the exception of breakfast, likes his juices to run a little on the wild side (the more mixing of flavors the better). So... I wasn't sure what my opinion was going to be of the Mango Lemonade mix, but again, I was pleasantly surprised. It's a nice light, and very flavorful mix of mango and lemonade that I thought was really good.

Santa Cruz Organic lemonades (like all of their products), are certified organic in accordance with the USDA's organic regulation, and bear that official seal. That means they're guaranteed to be 100% organic from scratch to bottling. They've got some great things going on with conservation and sustainability that you might want to read about too.

Classic Key Lime Pie with a Gingersnap Crust
Recipe found here.

Check out their website for more information on the company and/or their products. They've got some great recipes posted, including some Creamy Lemon Bars, a Key Lime Pie with a Gingersnap Crust, and a Lemon Asparagus Risotto, all of which just went straight to my Pinterest board.

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97 comments:

Betty Taylor said...

That Key Lime pie looks delicious! I bet the lemonade is really good.

Jamie Leigh Martin said...

Strawberry would be delicious!

Theresa Mahoney said...

I think lemonade is one of the yummiest drinks out there! I drink it often in the summertime. I like that this one is not heavy or too sweet, because those kinds of lemonades always make me sick. I am going to be on the lookout for these!

EliB123 said...

100% of the energy used to produce Santa Cruz Organic brand products

nicolesender said...

I like the carbonated ginger ale!

Melissa said...

I had no idea that Santa Cruz makes more than 60 organic products

Weekend-Windup said...

It is nice to have such a wonderful drink which is very energetic.

Brandy C said...

The Strawberry lemonade looks tasty.

Lulu Abruzzo said...

The mango one sounds delicious. I like the bottle design.

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Anonymous said...

I never thought of making recipes with the juice. The lemon bars look so good!

Brian Miller said...

key lime pie is the best dessert ever!!!!! and lemonade is a fav too.....i would def give it a try.....

Masshole Mommy said...

I think this sounds awesome. I think lemon bars sound delicious right about now ;)

Lindsey Paris said...

Oooooh Mango lemonade. I am interested to try that. Key Lime happens to be one of my FAVORITE desserts!

latanya t said...

Santa Cruz Organic® is proud to be an official participant of The Non-GMO Project.

alissa apel said...

I learned that they have a recipe for: Creamy Lemon Bar. YUMMY! I actually buy this brand a lot for birthday parties.

Pat Hatt said...

I have never drank lemonade ever haha but organic is good

Kay Adeola said...

Mango lemonade! Now that sounds delicious i have not seen that over here.I want some.

Liz Mays said...

I like the twist of flavors in these lemonade varieties! I'm with you on subtle blends, so I'll try it!

Anonymous said...

I have not tried these lemonades, the one with mango sound very interesting.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I don't like heavy sugar either. Fruit doesn't need it.

~ Noelle said...

I love lemonade - as long as it has a great taste... marc is not really a fan...but i am :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I've seen these in the store before, but haven't tried them. They sound great!

Becka M said...

I love organic lemonade and lime pie! I will have to test this brand out.

Sandee said...

You know I've never had key lime pie. I'm going to have to fix that.

Okay, I'll give this a try too.

Have a fabulous day. :)

debdenny said...

Mango Lemonade! Now that sounds interesting!

jaime said...

These both sound really good. I'm often searching for organic, "real" juices instead of the syrup-y drinks or artificial flavored ones!

Lynette said...

I love that they're in the non-gmo project!

KJ Skib said...

I learned that All Santa Cruz Organic brand products are certified USDA Organic.

Kelly Hutchinson said...

I am moving towards going total organic, and I had not heard of this brand. I love lemonade, so I will be sure to see if I can find it in my area.

The Mom Jen said...

I've never heard of mango lemonade, but it sounds tropical and would remind me of the Hawaiian islands, so I'm game to try it!

Maddi'sMommy said...

Wow that looks great - I love mango lemonade! I enjoy feeding my family organic products.

Poke The Rock said...

"..had a nice little tart to it." is that a proper phrase because I totally should expand my vocabulary with this. Mango lemonade sounds fantastic I never had one must keep my eyes open for some.

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

The lemonades and pie sound delicious! =)

Raijean of Swa-Rai.com said...

I've tried these juices before and they are amazing.

Kristi Maloney said...

The mango lemonade sounds very tasty and refreshing. I have never seen this brand. Hopefully it is available in my neck of the woods! :)

rachel said...

I learned they have chocolate syrup!

Susanna Barbee said...

Yum! This product looks awesome. I love organic juices. That key lime pie looks to die for. It's one of my most favorite desserts.

Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? said...

Those juices sound fabulous. I love the idea of mango lemonade!

mel said...

they haveFruit Spreads! mango soundsamazing.

Blue Grumpster said...

One mango please. I like my drinks straight too. ;) Hope you're doing fine.

Casa Vilora Interiors said...

Organic is great! It is nice to see a lot more companies getting on board with it. Now if they could focus on Non-GMO.

janetfaye said...

I learned:
100 percent organic: These products have been made using ingredients, processing and handling methods and materials that are in full compliance with the USDA standards for organic agriculture. They will have a label reading "100 percent organic," and the USDA organic seal may appear on the primary display panel.

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Young At Heart Mommy said...

Mango lemonade sounds delicious! I really have been enjoying organic juices and drinks lately. These look great.

TerriAnn van Gosliga said...

Sounds like a great selection of flavors. Love that they are all-organic.

Priscilla S. said...

They have a fantastic selection of lemonade options. I also love their selection of applesauce blends. Peach Applesauce is my favorite!

DeDa Studios said...

I really like the idea that their products are Organic!

valmg said...

Mango lemonade sounds intriguing! And that pie looks delicious! - Jenn @ The Rebel Chick

Shell said...

I absolutely love their lemonade! It's so good!

Virginia Higgins said...

I think it's amazing that Santa Cruz produces over 60 organic products. That Mango Lemonade sounds so refreshing!

Anonymous said...

Mango Lemonade sounds fabulous. I make Mango salsa quite often. Love Mangos. sounds like good Lemonades to try.

Ashley said...

I like the apple apricot sauce, my kids would love that!
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Savory Experiments said...

Mango Lemonade??? Where have you been all my life? Regular lemonade is too tart for me, but the sweetness of mango would be perfectly refreshing for a hot day!

Deb (dubbage42) said...

I learned that there are many juices and lemonades that I NEED to try! They all look so good!

Felicia Carter said...

This stuff is good! My boys enjoy it when we are out and about.

Carly from The Puzzled Palate said...

They have a recipe for a yogurt chutney dressing to use as a dip for fruit. The recipe calls for some of their lime juice- it looks super yummy. I hope I get the chance to try it!

ACM'smommy said...

We love this lemonade and love that it is organic. Such a great idea to use it in a recipe!
~Amanda

Carly said...

Oh yum, I'm obsessed with lemonade lately! That mango lemonade looks amazing!

Kiwi said...

Let me tell you something freaky. No lie I am drinking the lemonade right now as I type this comment I promise. I went to the store today looking to buy some organic lemonade and i bought this brand and i am drinking it the exact Santa Cruz brand omg!!! Wow well its a great lemonade and I actually dilute mine because its pretty potent but its great for detoxing!

Christie C said...

Never thought of making pies with lemonades! Love the sound of organic!

Debbie said...

I knew they made great juices and drinks but had no idea they made peanut butter. Yum!

Krystal Butherus said...

The mango flavor looks really great. I learned about their organic process. I am impressed with the recipe!

Elizabeth said...

Mango lemonade- I would love to try that one!

Teresa McCluskey said...

Mango Lemonade sounds so good! I must try it!

Jackie said...

I learned that after 30 years, the Santa Cruz Organic brand continues to be the most successful organic juice brand ever. The company offers more than 60 organic products ranging from fruit juices and sauces to peanut butter.

Nicole-Lynn said...

They make a lot of yummy organic products! I think their Strawberry Lemonade sounds great, too! Thanks for the opportunity!

Anonymous said...

Key Lime Pie sounds amazing.the Mango Lemonade sounds so good too

Cassie Tucker said...

I have never heard of this brand before, my hubs would probably love them. My mother-in-love loves the sound of that key lime pie lol.

Tonia Sanders said...

I bet that lemonade would be nice and delicious on this hot day. I'm melting over here. Lemonade is needed!

Pam said...

Both of these flavors look delicious. I am going to look for this brand in my market for a part I am having this weekend!

Angela said...

I have been buying more and more organic products. These flavors sound great! I might just have to try these.

Cam said...

Please pass me a slice of that key lime pie! That has to be my favorite summer pie! Those lemonades sound refreshing! We love all things organic around here.

Colette S said...

Because I'm biased to mango flavors as an island girl. I don't purchase mangos or mango flavor anything here, but for this I"d love to taste it.
I think I"ll begin tasting some flavors too and get over my bias :)

Erin Madigan said...

I love that they recycle at their facility and make that a priority. It is so important that we all do our part to make the resources we have last longer!

Anonymous said...

I'd like to try the LIGHT ROASTED CRUNCHY peanut butter.

Danielle @ We Have It All said...

Oh the mango lemonade sounds yummy! Glad to see this is organic!

benz1171 said...

I like their apple sauce cups.

Terra Heck said...

I learned that the company suggests consuming Santa Cruz Organic juices within 10 days after they are opened and refrigerated. Thanks.
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Trish Barner said...
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Trish Barner said...

I have learned that Santa Cruz in of the Smuckers Family and the use fruit concentrates to make their juices so that they can provide a variety of fruit juice blends.

Sam Mutone said...

Learned that they have 60 organic products

Lalia Frolick said...

I used to buy Santa Cruz juices ALL the time! I love that they're in glass, the flavor is great, and they definitely don't make them too sweet. I'd still be buying them if I hadn't started making them from scratch myself at home. I like that you retain the nutritional value of lemons better by making from scratch :). But they're still my go-to on road trips/vacations!

Helga said...

I learned that they make a huge selection of juices, most of which I have tried when I lived in CA.

Lisa Ehrman said...

I would love to have the mint chocolate flavored syrup. It's organic and looks yummy!

wendy toney said...

I love the idea of drinking organic! This sounds delightful!

Karen Delaney said...

The raspberry lemonade sounds good to me!

Kara Griggs said...

They make 60 organic products. I would love to try the mango.

Nancy said...

I like their new Mango Fruit Spread.

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Mihaela Day said...

I like the carbonated ginger ale!

Anonymous said...

I learned that Santa Cruz Organic adds only a minimal amount of water to the juice concentrates to reconstitute them into whole fruit juice.

Robin T said...

I would love to try their chocolate syrups.

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Denise S. said...

I'd love to try their Mango Lemonade! It sounds refreshing.

bbrittbrat1398 said...

I would like to try the lemon bars.
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Janice Crespo said...

My girls would love the Peanut Butter and Jelly bars - I pinned this recipe - thank you for sharing!

Twistercat said...

I learned they also make apple sauce

Karen said...

I would love to try the Mango Lemonade - it sounds perfectly refreshing :)

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Jaime said...

I like that their products are 100% organic

Candie L said...

I would like their mango spread. Thank you


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