I Tried the New Barbie-Pink Lemonade, and It’s Everything (and He’s Just Ken)

published May 3, 2023
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Can of Swoon Barbie collab Pink Lemonade
Credit: Andrea Kaufman

If you haven’t figured it out already, this is the summer of Barbie. Set to hit theaters on July 21, Barbie — which stars Margot Robbie as the iconic doll and Ryan Gosling as her forever-beau, Ken — has been the talk of the town (both the doll one and the human one) since it was announced to be a real thing. Most recently making a huge splash with the release of the trailer (can we talk about that shoe scene, please?), the Greta Gerwig-directed film has everyone creating Barbie-inspired selfies, sharing hilarious memes (she’s everything and he’s just Ken), and having non-stop banter about the iconic outfits that we’ll see on-screen. With all that in mind, I think it’s safe to say that we’ll soon be hit with a (pink) wave of Barbie content. 

I was definitely a Barbie girl growing up. I played with the dolls (they’re currently in boxes in my parents’ basement), loved reading her companion books, and have watched Barbie as Rapunzel and the MyScene x Barbie crossover movies an unquantifiable number of times. And I definitely plan to watch the newest movie (they had me at that 1 hour 40 minute run time). So while the color pink is not my thing, I am absolutely living for all the Barbie content. It’s nostalgic, but not in a cringey way.

Just as I’m a definite Barbie girl, I am an unabashed lemonade girlie. I’ve always loved it, and it’s basically my Diet Coke (I can’t do carbonated beverages). So when I found out that Swoon is launching a special Barbie-Pink Lemonade to celebrate the new film,  I immediately wanted to try it. 

For those who aren’t familiar with Swoon, it’s a zero-sugar beverage brand that creates new takes on favorites such as lemonade and iced tea. Co-founder Jennifer Ross is Type 1 diabetic and along with co-founder Cristina Ros Blankfein, their goal was to create a sugarless, healthy-yet-still-delicious drink, as there weren’t a ton of options out there. 

Credit: Andrea Kaufman

My Honest Review of the Swoon Barbie-Pink Lemonade

First of all, this Barbie-Pink Lemonade has some seriously cute, Barbiecore packaging. Second, the drink itself is refreshing, a little tangy, and just sweet enough to make you want more. It’s made with monk fruit to provide the sweet taste instead of using artificial sweeteners. 

To test out the taste, though, I tried the lemonade both room temperature and chilled and, in my opinion, you definitely want to chill this or add ice, as that’s how most lemonade should be served. At first sip, I was a little surprised by how mellow it was. Usually, I’m expecting a more tangy or sweeter taste to my lemonade, but by the end of the can, I was definitely into it. It reminds me of when I tried unsweetened iced tea for the first time and questioned why it didn’t taste similar to the brands on the shelf like Brisk or Nestea. Now, however, I prefer the more naturally flavored iced tea instead. So I can see myself really enjoying this lemonade regularly. And while you can sip on this as is, I wouldn’t be surprised if it also makes a great mixer for the summer

Barbie-Pink Lemonade is available beginning May 3 (that’s today!) online at tasteswoon.com and at more than 4,000 stores nationwide like Target, Whole Foods, Publix, and more. Plus, 10 percent of net profits from sales will support the Barbie Dream Gap Project, which provides resources, curriculum, skills development, and leadership opportunities to young girls across the world. Another reason to give this drink a wholehearted “Cheers!”