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Mountain Dew Doesn’t Know What “Spiked” Means

Soda giant unleashes new premium line, including “Spiked Lemonade” varieties.

In an effort to mimic the appearance of the emerging “craft soda” market, PepsiCo giant Mountain Dew is unleashing four new “premium” varieties to their line. The sodas, which at $1.99 per 16-ounce can also carry a premium price tag, include a citrus-flavored “Mtn Dew White Label,” as well as the apple-kiwi flavored “Mtn Dew Green Label.”

Intriguingly, the new premium lineup also includes two new “Spiked Lemonade” flavors, both traditional and raspberry flavored. Presumably meant to target those fans of Mike’s Hard Lemonade who want to avoid the annoying associated buzz, the new lemonade flavors from Mountain Dew contain no alcohol.

Instead, the “Spiked” in the name refers to “a shot of prickly pear cactus juice,” loaded into every can, because AHAHAHAAHAHAH I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE.

Lovers of non-alcoholic lemonade (known previously as simply, “lemonade”) will find other premium, all natural elements to enjoy in this new drink. Instead of artificial flavorings and high-fructose corn syrup, Mountain Dew’s new “Spiked Lemonade” varieties are made with crushed lemons, and sweetened with agave and cane sugar.

Mountain Dew’s new premium sodas will be available nationwide, and should be on shelves now.

Lead photo: The Daily Meal

Written by Malcolm Bedell

Malcolm is the author of "Eating in Maine: At Home, On the Town, and On the Road," as well as a frequent contributor to Serious Eats, Down East Magazine, The L.A. Weekly, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and more. When not poisoning his body with garbage and then posting sardonic commentary about it on the Internet, he also owns and operates the 'Wich, Please food truck, named Eater.com's "Hottest Restaurant in Maine" for 2015.

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