Today we have our next contender for Lime Time Champion. And for this round, Nixie is tagging a heavy hitter into the ring: Ginger.
We don’t know what’s going on over at Nixie headquarters. Their flavor offerings are kind of all over the place, ranging from your basic grapefruit to watermelon mint and pomegranate green tea. It’s hard to say if their next contribution to the sparkling water world is going to be “simple cherry” or some “banana cinnamon”.
They keep us on our toes.
And while their ethos is great, certified USDA organic and Non-GMO, their bright loud cans say 1980’s high fructose corn syrup. We can’t figure Nixie out, and we’re not mad about it. In fact, we only want more of their colorful creations.
So let’s unpack the intriguing Lime Ginger.
The nose on this is some major Ginger Spice. Yes, a little citric touch winds its way though, but there’s a spiciness that evokes not only Spiceworld, but also eucalyptus. It took us a minute to put our finger on it, but the scent puts us in a steam bath at our favorite spa.
The lime shines through much more on the palate than it does in the nose. To run with the steam bath metaphor, you are the lime, wearing a luxurious robe made of ginger and adding just a drop of eucalyptus and tea tree oil as the tiled room fills with effervescent bubbles. You breathe deeply. Exhale.
Where normal lime sparkling waters often drop off into a lingering, slightly bitter aftertaste, the ginger picks up at the end of the sip, finishing with a spicy and earthy note. Both the lime and the ginger get equal billing, somehow taking turns so that the overall effect is both distinctly lime and distinctly ginger.
You might think this would be reminiscent of ginger ale (this definitely feels like it could be here to soothe a stomach ache), but something interesting happens after you’ve sipped enough: some strong Cola flavors start to emerge. In fact, large swallers had us feeling like we were losing the subtlety of the lime-ginger combination, that they had merged into one note cola-ness.
In our LaCola exposé we discovered that Cola flavor is a vague amalgam of citrus, vanilla and cinnamon in varied combinations, so it kind of makes sense that the potent herbiness of ginger combined with the lime gives you Eau de Cola. Maybe? 🤷🏻♀️
On a side note, we’ve been experimenting in the hopes of finding a sparkling water to replace the Coke in a Jack & Coke (Important: LaCola is NOT the one), and we think this could be given the ol’ college try. But don’t @ us, if it fails spectacularly. We’ll report back.
But the cola isn’t ultimately dominant, the lime & ginger are too bright to take us all the way to Colaville.
All in all, this is a well-balanced, deeply refreshing foray into Limeland. Not a true Lime Time contender, due to the scrappy ginger getting a little too into the fray, but overall, this one is excellent.
Carbonated Water, Organic Lime Flavor, Organic Ginger Flavor