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Refreshing Santa Cruz Organic Agua Fresca Beverages

 

Ice Tea

What is your favorite beverage to enjoy during the dog days of summer? For me, nothing beats an ice cold glass of unsweetened ice tea.

Growing up I used to enjoy sweetened ice tea, but as I got older I stopped enjoying drinks that are overly sweet. I am simply not a fan of sweet beverages, with the exception of the occasional Lemonade Ice Team from my favorite coffee shop. It’s not that sweet. The lemonade gives the ice tea a bit of sweet lemon goodness.

I’ve never been much of a juice drinker either, but my kids enjoy juice. As a mom, I keep on top of what they eat and drink – as much as I can anyway. They are teenagers so I have no control over what they eat/drink when they are not at home.

At home I make sure to stock our refrigerator, freezer and pantry with “better for you” food and drink options. I am grateful that my kids will grab for baby carrots before cookies, and opt for water instead of soda (we rarely have soda at home but when we eat out they order water).

Recently I received a couple of bottles of Santa Cruz Organic Agua Fresca Beverages – Grapefruit and Mango Passionfruit. There is also a Pomegranate flavor available.

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According to Santa Cruz Organic;

Warm, carefree afternoons and bright, sunshiny mornings are what our Santa Cruz Organic® Agua Frescas will remind you of. How they taste depends on which refreshing variety you choose—Pomegranate, Grapefruit or Mango Passionfruit.

Made by blending organic fruit juice and fruit juice concentrate, sugar, a splash of lemon juice, and other ingredients, these delightfully distinctive drinks are reminiscent of the Agua Frescas that have long been popular throughout Central America and the Caribbean. Now, Santa Cruz Organic® makes it easy for you to enjoy an Agua Fresca at home—the perfect way to Keep on Cruzin’ through your day!

I love their description – “Warm, carefree afternoons and bright, sunshiny mornings.” That paints a pretty picture.

If you are unfamiliar with Santa Cruz Organic, the brand makes many products using wholesome, organic ingredients.

Take for example the Grapefruit Agua Fresca. It’s made with the following ingredients…

Filtered Water, Organic Grapefruit Juice, Organic Sugar, Organic Lemon Juice, Organic Fruit and Vegetable Fruit (for color) and Organic Natural Flavors.

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These are all nature flavors and things we can all pronounce and understand what they are – unlike other fruit juices on the market that are made artificial flavor, artificial colors and other ingredients that we have no clue what they really are. Things like Sodium Hexametaphosphate and Potassium Sorbate. Try pronouncing Hexametaphosphate and what in the world is Potassium Sorbate and why would it be needed in a juice?

So we know that Santa Cruz Organic Agua Fresca comes in yummy flavors, and it’s made with “better for you” ingredients – but how does it taste?

As I mentioned, I’m not much of a juice drinker, but I did enjoy the grapefruit Agua Fresca juice. It’s sweet, but not overly sweet, which is why I like it. I simply don’t like overly sweet drinks. I don’t find them refreshing at all (if anything they make me more thirsty!). This fruit juice had just the right amount of sweetness to it.

I think the Agua Fresca Grapefruit beverage tastes exactly like fresh grapefruit juice but without the bitterness. My kid are not fan of grapefruit, but they liked this juice because, as my daughter put it, it’s not sour like grapefruit.

It’s amazing when it’s ice cold. My son even suggested we make popsicles out of it (sadly I couldn’t find my popsicle mold in the closet – it’s buried somewhere). You could even add some fresh fruit to popsicles made from Santa Cruz Organic Agua Fresca. I bet that would taste amazing.

To be honest, I have only tried the grapefruit flavor. I also have the Mango Passionfruit, but I am not a fan of Mango. My kids tell me it’s good so I’ll just have to take their word for it.

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Santa Cruz Organic products, like the Aqua Fresca, are available at many retailers across the country. If you would like to find a store near you, visit the Santa Cruz Organic website and click on the “Where to Buy” button found at the top right of the page.

For more information about these and other Santa Cruz Organic products (fruit juices, lemonades, peanut butter, fruit spreads…) visit SantaCruzOrganic.com. The brand can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest (links found on the top right of their website).

Are you a fan of Santa Cruz Organic? Do you have a favorite product?

What do you think about the Agua Fresca beverages? Do they sound like something you would enjoy?

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.

Comments

  1. shelly peterson says

    I do drink soda but I love unsweetened tea in the Summertime. I am not much of a juice drinker but my son and grandson are. I would love to get these for them to try out.

  2. The Mango Passion Fruit sounds delicious! We don’t drink much soda ourselves and prefer tea. However I do like to keep juice on hand for the kids. I think the mango passion fruit is a flavor we will all enjoy.

  3. These flavors sound good. I’ve tried the Santa Cruz Lemonade and it was very good. I’d like to try the Mango Passionfruit flavor.
    Thank you for the review!

  4. rochelle haynes says

    Sounds good love to try this