Take that, lime flavoring.

By Tim Nelson
Updated May 06, 2020
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Relatively speaking, life has handed pretty much everybody a whole bunch of lemons in 2020. So what are we to do about it? Drink lemonade-flavored Sprite I guess.

Whether or not you agree with that strategy, it’s worth knowing that Sprite Lemonade will apparently be making a return to stores in 2020. That’s at least if an Instagram post from @JunkFoodJunction, which shows a pyramid of very yellow 12 packs of the beverage, are to be believed.

“But wait a minute,” you’re probably asking yourself right now, “isn’t sprite already a lemon-lime soda? Doesn’t that make Sprite Lemonade kind of redundant?” You’re not totally wrong, but Sprite Lemonade is made with “100% natural flavors” and includes “a splash of lemonade,” which I suppose implies that there’s “real” lemonade in here rather than some new combination of artificial flavoring. At the very least, it seems like this reformulation of Sprite tilts the balance of power away from lime a bit. It’s also unclear what exactly makes this different from Sprite Lymonade, other than the application of a more conventional spelling.

With lemonade stands likely to be subject to more public health scrutiny or at least public skepticism in the age of Covid-19, it seems like Sprite’s beverage is a canned, carbonated alternative that could fill the void. It does lose points for not being as tropical as some of the other options hitting the market this year, however.

As it was in 2019, it would appear that Sprite Lemonade is a limited-time offering, likely only around for the summer. So unless you have some sort of Sprite sponsorship, you might want to keep an eye out for this the next time you cautiously wind your way through the aisles of America’s increasingly empty grocery stores.