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Tested: Honest Ade Organic Thirst Quencher

When it comes to healthy refreshment, one name that comes to mind is the Honest Tea company. They produce a variety of organic teas and other beverages, with one being Honest Ade (which is a great addition to their teas.)

The two flavors I’m testing today are Orange Mango and Limeade.

Both of these drinks are certified organic and contain just a few, all natural ingredients. You won’t find high fructose corn syrup, sucralose, or other garbage in these.

The ingredient selection also yields a mere 48 calories and 12g sugar per serving. That’s a fairly low amount of sugar compared to similar drinks.

Honest Ade Orange Mango

honest ade orange mango

The mango is such a delicious fruit and is probably one of the best flavors you can have for a fruit drink, and the Honest Ade Orange Mango does not disappoint.

This is a great compromise between something strong and sugary like Gatorade and the various flavored water drinks. It’s stronger than flavored water and tastes a heck of a lot better, too. The strong flavor is similar to Gatorade, although it’s definitely not as sugary. It just has a full, tasty flavor.

I’d recommend this to pretty much everyone!

But don’t forget the ingredients… take a look at this list and you’ll see that the great flavor is accompanied by great health benefits:

Ingredients: Purified water, organic cane sugar, organic white grape juice concentrate, organic lemon juice concentrate, organic orange flavor, natural mango flavor, mized carotene (for color), organic orange juice concentrate, organic mango blend, Vitamin C (asorbic acid.)

Plus it contains a small amount of Mangosteen for some antioxidants and a natural energy boost!

Honest Ade Limeade

honest ade limeade

“With twice the fresh-squeezed flavor and half the sugar, our organic limeade is sweetened the natural way.”

I’ve been drinking lemonade my entire life, and I know I’ve had limeade, but I don’t think I’ve had limeade that actually tastes like lime. Until now…

This Limeade from Honest Tea is the real deal – I could actually see the lime pulp settling at the bottom of the bottle!

But even then I wasn’t quite prepared for what I was about to taste. I don’t drink soda, but I am used to sports drinks like Gatorade while I’m riding, so I crave strong flavors. Limeade just didn’t have that strong flavor.

All the Honest Tea labels say “just a tad sweet,” but in this case, I’d say the limeade is “just a tad sour.” It certainly wasn’t bad, especially since I like limes, but it didn’t catch me as something I’d drink all the time.

So if you’re used to other fruit juices that aren’t actually fruit juice (but rather high fructose corn syrup with some added flavoring,) this flavor might seem odd. But have a few sips and you’ll probably like it, once your taste buds get past the lack of sugar.

If you’re an existing Honest Tea fan, though, this should be right up your alley. (Assuming you like lime.)

It seems like an acquired taste, because it grew on me as I drank more. By the end of the bottle, I was a full-fledged fan of Limeade! I’m sure I’ll drink it again, but I’ll still go for the mango most of the time.

As expected, the ingredients here are as simple as possible. It is basically water, organic cane sugar, and lime juice.

My final verdict is…

It’s a good bet that anything from Honest Tea will be healthier than the standard drinks and taste good at the same time, and the Orange Mango and Limeade are certain winners.

I would recommend the Orange Mango (my personal favorite) to anyone. If you like the crispness of flavored water, this has it. If you like the robust flavor of Gatorade, this has that, too.

Hard-core fan of all-natural flavors? Try the Limeade – it’s as real as you can get.

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Product Review Details
Company: Honest Tea
Product: Honest Ade Organic Thirst Quencher
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Date last updated: 2008-04-17
Obtained Product: Free gift from a friend. Advertiser: No.

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  1. Where can I buy these products. Can they be bought in a regular store?

  2. @Maureen

    Yes, many stores carry Honest Tea. Honest Ade seems a little harder to find, but it’s out there.

    Here is a link to a store locator:

  3. Although it says that Honest Ade is out there…it cannot be found where I live. The only store that carried it closed. Several stores carry Honest Tea but not that great stuff…..Honest Ade!!

  4. @Charlie

    I no longer have any stores close by that carry either Honest Tea or Ade. I feel ya.

    Some stores not too far away have Honest Tea, but yeah, Honest Ade is hard to come by. I haven’t had any for a while!

  5. I just opened my first bottles of Honest Ade. Cranberry lemonade and the mango one. Both are completely void of any flavor. I can’t even tell there are cranberries or lemons in it. The other has slight undertones of mango but they both taste so watered down it wasn’t worth the $1.19 I paid per bottle. I wouldn’t drink them again if they were free. Now I have to try to doctor them up to make them drinkable and not a complete waste. HORRIBLE that it has 20 grams of sugar (it’s the second ingredient on the panel as well) and they don’t even taste like sugar water. I could put a teaspoon of sugar into a 8oz glass of water and get more flavor then this crap. Ahhh. That feels so “refreshing” to get it off my chest!

  6. I just bought my first bottle and agree with Danielle, its actually worst than water with a splash of hand squeezed limon and not sweat at all, rather tart. Not sure how it made it past the taste test.

  7. Just had the Honest Zero Lemonade thinking that because I like the teas it would be good. It was absolutely disgusting. Doesn’t even taste like lemonade. Thinking I’ll stick with the teas.

  8. @Amber

    Thanks for the tip, I didn’t even know Honest Tea came out with a “zero” calorie beverage. I just checked the reviews on Amazon and they are overwhelmingly negative, too!

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