Saturday, June 4, 2016

Product Review: Santa Cruz Organic® Agua Fresca #sponsor #momsmeet #giveaway

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Moms Meet. All opinions are my own.

I have long been a fan of Santa Cruz Organic®, so, when the opportunity arose - through my association with Moms Meet - to try Santa Cruz Organic® Agua Fresca, I was more than a little excited. Agua frescas, which translates from Spanish to 'fresh waters', are fruits, grains, seeds, and/or flowers blended with sugar and water to create a light, refreshing beverage. They are popular in Mexico, Central America, and all over the Caribbean.


Inspired by traditional agua frescas, the Santa Cruz Organic® Agua Fresca line is crafted with the same core ingredients - organic fruit juice, sugar, and a splash of citrus juice.

They are gluten-free, Non-GMO Project verified, and available in three varieties: Pomegranate, Mango Passionfruit, and Grapefruit. Depending on the retailer, a 32-ounce bottle of Santa Cruz Organic® Agua Fresca sells for between $3.20 and $3.49.


I received three bottles, but not all three flavors of the Agua Fresca; I unwrapped Pomegranate, Mango Passionfruit, and Lemonade. And I brought the bottles to a party where my favorite crew of boys and taste-testers could give me their opinions.


We sipped. We tasted. We took notes. And we sipped some more.

I asked them to give me adjectives to describe the drinks. I had them rate the drinks on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being the lowest rating and 10 being the highest. And I had them pick a favorite of the three.

Our Thoughts...

About the Lemonade...some adjectives were "tart", "refreshing", "lemony", and "tangy." A few voted it as their favorite; one said tasted like soap, but admitted that she thought that about all citrus juices. Out of the three, I would say that I liked this one the best because I like tartness of citrus. I bet I would like the grapefruit agua fresca.

About the Pomegranate...my tasters wrote "light", "sweet", "calm", and "smooth". 

About the Mango Passionfruit...some adjectives were "tropical" and "exciting". One said that it was too watered down. Another said it was her favorite because "it reminds me of going on vacation."

I have to admit: we don't buy a lot of juice because we usually find them too sweet. These were light and not too sweet at all. That was both wonderful and surprising. 

Another surprise was that Santa Cruz Organic® is not made in Santa Cruz. All three of us moms said that we had purchased Santa Cruz Organic® products in the past because we assumed that we were supporting a local (to us) company; we're on the southern part of the Monterey Bay while Santa Cruz is on the northern side on the bay.

It turns out that Santa Cruz Organic®, while it does have its roots in Santa Cruz, is now based in Chico. So, it's not a local company as we had all thought. That was a tad disappointing.

All in all, we enjoyed the agua frescas and lemonade that we tasted. If I ever do want to purchase a jarred fruit juice, I will look for these. And I will have to track down the grapefruit agua fresca soon as that sounds intriguing.

The Giveaway
I was also given the opportunity to give away two bottles of the Santa Cruz Organic® Agua Fresca. 

Open to US residents 18 years or older. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 24 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or any other entity unless otherwise specified. We cannot be responsible for items lost in the mail. The giveaway runs from June 5th to June 13, 2016. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.

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Disclosure: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program,
May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.

26 comments:

  1. I love the chia aqua fresca that Deb from Kahakai Kitchen posted a couple of months ago. I morphed her recipe to us Pom. Love the tang. Would like to try these, too.

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    1. Yes! That was a great one. Thanks for entering, Debra.

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  2. yes i do!! I'd love to try the mango passionfruit!

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    1. Thanks for entering, Julie. Good luck!

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  3. I love it and love the pomegranate :)

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  4. I never had bottled agua but it sounds refreshing. I'd love to try the lemonade or mango!

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    1. Thanks for entering, Cindy. Good luck to you!

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  5. I haven't tried them, but Mango Passionfruit sounds good :)

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    1. That one was a favorite for several of my tasters. Good luck.

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  6. I haven't tried them, but Mango Passionfruit sounds good :)

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  7. I haven't tried them yet, but would like to. I think I would like the Pomegranate.

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    1. Thanks for entering, April. I did like the pomegranate, too. Good luck to you.

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  8. I love the mango passionfruit! It's just the perfect amount of sweetness!

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  10. I think grapefruit sounds good as well. I, of course, will spike mine.

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  11. The pomegranate is my favorite.

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  12. I have not tried the aqua frescas but I'm pretty sure I would love the lemonade.

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  13. I have not tried the aqua frescas but I'm pretty sure I would love the lemonade.

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  14. I don't think I've ever had Agua Fresca, but these sound delicious! I have had Santa Cruz juices and been very happy with them.

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  15. I love Santa Cruz juices - but haven't really had aqua fresca that I can recall, at least not in a LONG time!

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  16. mango sounds pretty amazing

    linda

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  17. I would love to try the mango passionfruit!

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