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Monday, January 11, 2016

Trader Joe's Lemon Ginger Echinacea 100% Juice

I'm starting to notice a pattern. With a few anomalies, I really like drinks with that raw ginger flavor: those exploding bottles of Triple Ginger Brew, most non-alcoholic ginger beers and ginger ales, and stuff like Crabbie's alcoholic ginger beer. Pancakescereals, and other solid foods with raw ginger flavor? Not so much. And although it's distinctly different from other ginger beverages, this drink is no exception to that rule.

It definitely packs a heavy ginger punch, but the lemon and echinacea add an unexpected softness and complexity to the flavor. Just imagine iced echinacea tea sweetened with honey, mixed with lemonade and a potent ginger brew. It's not for everyone. Sonia was turned off by the heavy ginger flavor. It's especially noticeable in the finish. You're left with a sinus-clearing blast of ginger spice—and I don't mean Geri Halliwell. I liked it for that reason, unlike my sweet wife.

I must admit, there is something "medicinal" about the taste, for lack of a better word. It's almost as if they started with Thera-flu as a base, then sweetened it a bit more and threw in some raw ginger. But along those same lines, it felt therapeutic, too—like it might help ward off a winter cold. 

I'm sure this beverage would work well hot, served steaming in a coffee mug. But neither of us tried it that way. I was happy to chug it down on the rocks. Sonia just wanted more lemon flavor, and less of that vibrant ginger. Sonia will go with a 2.5, and I'll go with a solid 4.

Bottom line: 6.5 out of 10.


  1. Maybe this would be a ideal choice for cold medicine. Instead of nasty syrups and use that and warm up. Since it got lemon & ginger and you mentioned that Sonya said it is sinus clearing so it is ideal for colds.

  2. I love this stuff. To me it tastes more like a lemony drink with ginger and honey, not so much as a 'blast' of ginger. No need to be ill to drink this!

    1. I definitely liked it too. Sonia, not so much though.

    2. My only problem with this is, I tend to drink it too quickly. But I don't feel badly about that when I'm actually sick.

  3. I always drink this hot, it sure soothes a sore throat in the winter!

  4. I would also call it a bit medicinal-tasting, but I love this!
    It's great iced or hot, and whiskey goes well with both options. :D


    Is this the same stuff?

  6. It was offered today to sample and I LOVE it! I brought a bottle home and I guarantee it won't last long in the fridge! YUM!

  7. Expensive for long-term consumption.
    Has anyone seen a recipe for it? One is noted on pinterist but I can't see the recipe there.
    mehl at cyvest dot com

  8. DELICIOUS! I mix it with water or sparkling
    water or just from the bottle,love the flavor, sometimes I add more lemon juice and grated ginger. Thank you TJ'S 😋

  9. I usually mix it with 1/2 peppermint tea and 1/2 this, it lessens the GINGER and helps soothe.