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Monday, July 3, 2017

Trader Joe's Organic Lemon Ginger Herbal Flavored Water

Ah, tomorrow's the Fourth of July. And there's nothing quite as Murican as lemon-ginger-infused water to celebrate Independence Day. Let's take a look.

Imagine you just consumed a plate of lemon ginger chicken. Now imagine you rinsed off the plate and collected the water from it. Imagine further that you had a temporary lapse in judgement or some kind of heat stroke and decided it would be a good idea if you drank said rinse water. 

Ahh, refreshing right? Depending on the temperature of the water...perhaps. But still a pretty weird taste. Yeah. I'm not feeling it. And I like lemon and ginger just fine. And in case you're wondering, no, this product doesn't taste like chicken. I just couldn't think of any other legitimate reason you might have lemon and ginger on a plate.

The ghost of lemon and ginger present here is just potent enough to ruin the super-neutral taste of plain water, and yet it's not strong nor sweet enough to be any kind of delicious chuggable beverage.

And another thing: the write-up on the packaging claims this product is "Hydration with flare." "Hydration with flare"? Did I somehow miss that this water is flammable? Does the water have a high enough alcohol content to serve it flambé? Or did they mean "flair"? Or is this use of the word "flare" somehow acceptable here? Was the water flavored with road flares?

So if you ask me, just go ahead and skip this hippy dippy nonsense and go drink a tooth-rotting, high fructose corn syrup-laden Coca-Cola tomorrow while you watch those fireworks. One won't kill you. Coke is deliciously American, and this stuff just isn't. Fair comparison? No. Apples and oranges? Sure. I'm fresh out of more appropriate comparisons. This heat's getting to me.

Sonia thinks she'd just rather drink plain old water for refreshment—or maybe even sparkling mineral water. I agree. One star a piece.

Bottom line: 2 out of 10.


  1. This is the funniest write-up I've read here. Extra points for copy editing the packaging!

    But now I'm oddly interested in trying it.

    1. Thanks, Beth. Yeah, by all means, try it. Who knows? You might like it :)

  2. LOL, I liked it quite a bit (not so much the Lemongrass and Spearmint version), but I prefer unsweetened beverages. Guess that makes me un-American. Wouldn't be the first or last time.

    "Flare" as a noun would work. Some synonyms for flare: dazzle, burst. Flavor burst? It works; it's been used before, certainly. It doesn't specifically have to mean "fire." *shrug*

  3. Very entertaining review :) i have disliked every single one of the various "flavored waters" i have tried so far, at least five, so i just walked by this one.
    I would rather have cold sparkling water anytime.

  4. I really like these as an alternative to just playing still or sparkling water. Not quite as good as the Hint Essence Waters but less expensive. The Hint green apple, blood orange,peach and cucumber flavors are great.

  5. I totally agree with you... particularly the statement of it being just potent enough to ruin the taste of water without being strong enough to present as a tasty beverage.
    The lemongrass and spearmint one is equally weak. The taste somehow is like... if you took a few pieces of briefly-chewed Wrigley's spearmint gum and stuck them in water.... diluted that with MORE water... then drank said water. An odd, very faint echo of a lightly flavored water.
    Now, some of my coworkers seem to really enjoy this. Maybe I just don't get it.... or my palate is just too refined ��

  6. So bad, soooo bad. I couldn't even finish a bottle. This water wasn't refreshing or tasty. It had nothing to do with sweetness, the ginger and lemon flavors were just off, really off. Lemon peel in a bad way.

  7. My rating matches the water's calorie count.

  8. I'd like these flavored waters more if they didn't have citric acid in them. It's a good way to ruin an otherwise decent beverage.

  9. I guess I'm in the minority because I really enjoyed this! It has to be cold though

  10. Actually my son enjoys the lemongrass, which I no longer see that they ( trader joes) sell. So I know buy the aloe Vera drink, but noticed they have 24G of sugar per bottle= 6 tsp of sugar, whew, I am done with that one to. Any suggestions for flavored healthy water at trader joes?

  11. I agree with the reviewer, except I give one out of 10 stars because there is a pretty design on the can. It actually tastes like lemon Pledge smells. Yecch!!


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