It’s hard for a regular shopper not to notice the subtle transformation that happens at Aldi stores during the holidays. All through the store, items reflective of the season begin to make their way in. The most obvious example is the parade of non-food Christmas-themed Special Buys (ALDI Finds) that hit the aisles, but Aldi also stocks seasonal buy food and beverages that stick around for weeks or months at a time.
Now, a common sight in many stores around the holidays is sparkling juice, a celebratory, carbonated beverage for people who either can’t or don’t want to consume alcohol. Aldi sells this, running a limited edition of sparkling drinks.
Nature’s Nectar Non-Acoholic Sparkling Juice is found in Aldi’s room-temperature aisles during November and December. (Our local Aldi stocked it in a couple of places, including the first aisle.) The juice comes in a few different flavors, including red grape, white grape, cranberry, and blueberry grape. It comes in a 25.4-fluid ounce bottle and runs $2.49, which makes it about 50 cents cheaper for the same-sized bottle compared to the name-brand sparkling juices in our local grocers.
We tried out the grape juice and cranberry flavors … and, no surprise, they taste indistinguishable from the sparkling juices we’ve purchased elsewhere. They’ve both got that fruit taste — either sweet or tart depending on the flavor — with that bit of fizz that comes from the carbonation.
It’s not like this is something you consume for its nutritional value, but be aware that it’s got a lot of sugar-based calories. The primary ingredients are carbonated filtered water, juice, high fructose corn syrup, and various preservatives.
If you like sparkling juice, this is an easy choice from Aldi. Tastes like it’s supposed to taste, and with a price tag lower than the brand-name counterparts we found at the grocer. Recommended.