Review: Maine Root Maple Syrup Lemonade

Lemonade is a classic summer drink, a timeless beverage that was invented in 1862 France by Howard “The Lemon” LeMon, who would go on to have a romantic stint with Marie “Iced” Teamonte, where the two would combine their creations in a drink named after their son, Arnold Palmer. Palmer wasn’t his birthname, he changed it in disgrace after his father attempted to marry the flavors of lemonade with New England clam chowder, and inadvertently invented ipecac.

Maine Root lemonades are bottled in Portland, Maine, and bear no relation to either LeMon or Arnold Palmer. What they do offer are a variety of handcrafted lemonades and sodas, of which I’ve been able to get my hands on two: Maple Syrup and Ginger Lemongrass. The ingredient list is simple: water, cane juice, lemon juice, and maple syrup.

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The first thing you notice about this lemonade is the overwhelming and unexplained presence of maple syrup. This could be a manufacturing issue, and one that I’m willing to overlook since it’s a small company. What I expected was simply lemonade with maple syrup in it, and what I got was…well, lemonade with maple syrup. That’s not really the point.

The two flavors melded a lot better than I expected, taking on a whole new flavor its own rather than simply tasting like lemonade and syrup. It is a rather heavy drink that is both sour and sweet, smooth and chunky (maybe that’s not the right word), and it weighs on your stomach like Templeton after a circus smorgasbord. I spelled smorgasbord right on the first try, with no reference. Hurrah for me.

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I want more of this lemonade. More importantly, I want to try Maine Root’s sodas, but the Wegmans by my house doesn’t carry them. This is the kind of drink you sit outside and watch the sunset while drinking, preferably with a large dog at your side.

Verdict: 4.5/5. Maine Root offers a “free range root beer,” which resulted in taking a half point off. Everyone knows that root beers taste best when the bottles are not allowed to roam.

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