Although I have only had one of their sodas so far, I think that I am already confident in saying that Spindrift makes excellent beverages. True to their claims of having "a fresh take on soda," each of Spindrift's sodas contains nothing but all natural ingredients. The juices are all comprised of freshly squeezed fruits and crushed berries (no concentrates), and the coloring comes naturally from the fruit used in each drink. The only actual additive is a little bit of cane sugar, but other than that, everything is basically straight from the fruit. This approach results in a very refreshing formula that is reminiscent of something like a light, Italian soda.
Spindrift's grapefruit flavor is very tasty. The flavor is light and actually somewhat dilute, without being too faint to be considered a soft drink. But this mild dilution actually works very well for Spindrift Grapefruit, as it cuts out a lot of the acidity of the citrus that can sometimes make these sorts of beverages difficult to drink in larger quantities. The balance between the sparkling water and the other ingredients has obviously been very carefully engineered, and it maintains the flavor and bitterness of fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice without being overbearing or tart. The amount of added sugar was obviously also very carefully portioned, as it's actually fairly hard to tell that the drink has been sweetened beyond the natural capacity of the grapefruit.
Everything in Spindrift's Sparkling Grapefruit just tastes like it belongs there. Striking this perfect balance may not seem like the most complicated task in the world, especially given the short list of ingredients. But maintaining simplicity can often be a deceptively complex and difficult process, as there is nothing to distract from mistakes, and any small error or imbalance is immediately apparent. Spindrift is a company that clearly understands this pitfall, and it is evident in the taste that a lot of care and attention was given to the development of their sodas. At this point, I can only speak from limited experience, but I really like the grapefruit, and I can't wait to try more of Spindrift's products.
Purchased: Earth Fare [Columbia, SC]
Size: 12 fl. oz. [355mL]
Price: Somewhere around $2.00 [I'm afraid that I've lost the receipt]