I admit that I used to be one of those people who drank diet sodas in an effort to get rid of my need for something that tasted sweet. The truth is I never liked the taste of those drinks and I knew better than to drink them because of all the chemicals they contain.
Eventually, I switched back to real soda, which I’m trying to cut back on as well. My favorite is Sierra Mist Natural. It is called natural because it is made with real ingredients; yes, including sugar. But as it turns out, real sugar may be better for you than a lot of today’s questionable sugar substitutes.
Natural Sierra Mist is a soda made with carbonated water, citric acid, natural lemon and lime and sugar. You can’t get a lot less complicated than that.
Sierra Mist Natural comes in can and bottle format, in various sizes from 12 fl. oz. to 2 liters. While I still believe that the bottled drink tastes better than the canned ones, my family thinks it is all in my head. Either way, this is one drink I thoroughly enjoy, sugar and all.
The lemon-lime taste is light and refreshing. It hits the spot on hot summer days and even cool winter nights.
One can of Sierra Mist Natural equals a single serving (12 fl. oz.). One serving is 140 calories.
There is no fat content in this drink but it is high in sugar and carbs at 37 grams each. While it contains no cholesterol, it also boasts 35 milligrams of sodium.
On the flip side, Sierra Mist Natural has no nutritional value. It doesn’t offer and protein or fiber and is too low in vitamins and minerals to be counted.
While the drink is good all on its own, it is also great for mixing with other products. I use to make a lot of different sparkling drinks and punches around the holidays.
Some people drink it hot to help soothe a sore throat. I personally cannot stomach it that way but to each his own.
Here is my summary review:
Taste: 5 stars. This is my favorite drink for a lot of good reasons, not the least of which is its lack of caffeine. The lemon-lime flavor is remarkably light and refreshing. It isn’t heavy in any way. Neither does it taste like pure sugar, despite the fact that it contains more than its fair share.
Appearance: 5 stars: Sierra Mist Natural’s clear, bubbly appearance is perfect for those who worry about artificial coloring in their food in drink. None can be found in this heavenly liquid.
Reputation: 5 stars. Although Sierra Mist has not been on the market as long as 7 Up or even Sprite, it has quickly gained an audience that remains loyal to this drink. Perhaps it is the delicious taste that garners appeal. Maybe it is the lack of caffeine. It could be the new “natural” formula that gets rid of dangerous chemicals and additives. Whatever the reason, this is a drink that has quickly knocked 7 Up down a notch and is now giving Sprite a real run for its money.
Nutrition: 0 stars. Unfortunately, the drink is high in two bad things, sugar and carbs. It should be noted; however, that is true with just about any soda on the market today. Even diet soda is packed with carbs. Then there is the extra problem of additives and chemicals. The truth is that soda, as a whole, just isn’t good for you on a regular basis. Used sparingly; however, Sierra Mist Natural may just be the best of the bunch.
Green rating: 5 stars. Sierra Mist Natural’s bottles and cans are recyclable.
Packaging: 5 stars. The color formulation for Sierra Mist Natural is white, light and dark green. In truth, the packaging isn’t particularly striking. However, it is easy to pick out on the store shelf due to its distinct lack of pizzazz. While, as a marketing person, I might have not gone that route, it seems to be working for this drink.
Ease of storage: 5 stars. Sierra Mist Natural comes in various sizes of bottles and cans. Most are about the same as other sodas and are, therefore, no easier or harder to store than like products.
Availability: 5 stars. Sierra Mist Natural is sold almost everywhere Pepsi products are sold. That includes most grocery stores, discount department stores with a food section, drug stores and convenience stores.
Price: 5 stars. The cost of this drink varies depending upon the size and amount purchased. A 2 liter bottle can often be found for as low as $.99. A 24-pack of cans may come as cheap as $2.50 per case. Sierra Mist also provides a lot of sales specials as well as coupons in order to help offset the cost.
Product purchase probability: 5 stars. It remains my favorite drink so there is almost always some around the house somewhere.
Final rating: 4.5 stars. The only real problem here is the sugar infusion and the lack of nutritional value.
5 stars = outstanding
4 stars = good
3 stars = average
2 stars = below average
1 star = poor