Who's ready for summertime? McDonald's is. Just ahead of Memorial Day, it's added a new Frozen Strawberry Lemonade to its McCafé lineup. "It's a little bit of brrrrrrrrrr mixed with a whole lot of mmmmm," the fast food chain called out. Of course, on the warmest of Spring days, we couldn't resist giving this new product a whirl.
Here's how the frosty beverage comes together: McDonald's starts with a lemonade base (made with, among other things, lemon juice, orange juice, and lemon oil), then pulverizes it to order with ice and strawberry syrup (consisting of ingredients such as strawberry purée and artificial flavor and color).
At $1.59 plus tax and 210 calories for a 16-ounce cup, it doesn't do too much damage to your calorie bank — or your real one. But what about your taste buds? Find out right this way.
If you're expecting this drink to be super sweet, you're right. After my first sip, I actually groaned from the sweetness. No wonder: a small size has a whopping 67 grams of sugar! The sugary-tart drink had to be stirred constantly, to achieve the right balance of ice shards and melted liquid in every mouthful. While the flavor was a nice yin-yang of strawberry and lemon, it did have what one taster described as a "Crystal Light aftertaste."
In the end, we decided the only remedy for offsetting all that cloy would be to add a good dose of alcohol. Mix in a little tequila on the run, and hey! You've got an instant strawberry margarita. Tasters agreed we probably wouldn't buy this product, but under the special circumstances of, say, outdoor day drinking, we'd definitely make an exception. Have you tried McD's Frozen Strawberry Lemonade?