At this hour tonight, I'm up for an energy drink that's pretty mellow, nothing too caffeinated, yet something to keep me up for a good hour without a crash. I took a glance at each and every energy drink in my fridge and found the Snapple Antioxidant Water Dragonfruit. Now, Snapple recently came out with four of their antioxidant-enhanced water based beverages. Two of them actually have energy ingredients in them, like guarana, ginseng, ribose, B Vitamins, electrolytes, and caffeine. I forget the flavor of the other Antioxidant Water, but I do have it and I will review it soon enough, but in the meantime I pulled out a dragonfruit flavor. I've had this drink since forever, it seems like, and I can't believe that I'm just starting to review it now. Well whatever, enough with me, let's talk about the bottle design. It's pretty cool being dragonfruit colored rain drops, some being clear inside and some being a full, big drop. The background is just a plain white with a nice water-blue font used to stencil the words "Snapple" and "Antioxidant Water." The warm, dark pink colored water compliments the bottle design well, although it's a bit darker than a usual pink.
As I twist off the water cap and hear the sound of plastic snapping, I go in to smell an almost pure and crisp dragonfruit aroma, unlike any dragonfruit I've tried before. The color is more of a darker pink, or perhaps even a purple color, but I'd say it's most likely violet. Oh wow, I wasn't expecting that much flavor from such an underrated beverage. The first thing that comes to mind when I'm tasting this drink is an insanely pure dragonfruit flavor, with a whole lot of melon and pear, and just a bit of citrus to top it off. Another flavor that comes to mind is definitely some passionfruit and apple, all this makes a beverage that's intense and flavorful. I would say the general flavor is pretty darn tasty, I don't think I can find any faults in the drink, although I wish it were carbonated. It's sweetened with sucrose, so there's no gumminess at all, and it's sweetened perfectly. I literally downed this drink before I even finished this paragraph, as you can tell, it's one of the best water-based energy drinks I've had here on Canned Reviews. Overall, well, that last paragraph said it all, perhaps the best the water energy drink I've had. Period.
I can't possibly name all the ingredients in this antioxidant water, as it's really complex, but I'll name they key ingredients. Here they are: Purified water, sugar, natural flavors, citric acid, potassium citrate, fruit and vegetable juices, electrolytes, modified corn starch, ginseng, caffeine, guarana, ribose, niacin, and ECGC. Hm, pretty good ingredients. The fruit and vegetable juices gave it that nice violet color, as well as some light pink mixed in. I'm surprised this has caffeine, especially with all those other complex ingredients already there to create a great kick. Per 20 ounce bottle, you get 130 calories, and only 30g of sugar. It had enough sweetness although it only 30g of sugar, I really wish more energy drinks would start to get on the same wagon and copy Snapple. There's also tons of vitamins in this drink and I already feel vitalized, only after 45 minutes of drinking this. The kick is another factor. With only 60mg of caffeine in the bottle many people are mistaken when they say there's no kick involved. All in all, A pretty darn good energy drink bottled in semi-low sugar option. I'd say to get this drink if you want an amazing taste but don't want any artificial flavors added into it.
Taste: 8.6 - Wow, that's a whole lot of great flavors packed in one great bottle
Kick: 6.5 - The kick is decent, not bad for a bunch of energy drinks, but toned down a lot
Overall: 8 - Hm, I think I'd want some more of this for like mornings if I want to wake up just a bit without getting jittery
Reviewed by: Chan