The soda has been around since the early 2000s with the earliest signs of it around 2002. It has been described as a lemonade soda that is colored bright red or pink. It is not caffeinated and its ingredients include carbonated water, cane sugar, citric acid, gum acadia, natural and artificial flavor, glyceryl abietate and sodium benzoate.
Katharine Shilcutt of the Houston Press described Leninade as being "like pink lemonade with just light carbonation. I really enjoyed it ... It's a light, fun summer drink to be served with a wink and enjoyed with tongue firmly planted in cheek". In a review of Leninade, Steve Tanner of BevReview said, "The bottle is a nice keepsake by itself, as the graphics are printed directly on the glass ... The bottle itself does not describe the flavor, and upon the sip, it's rather hard to place. There are elements of lemon, citrus, cherry, and grapefruit… at least that's why my tastes buds were saying. ... The non-traditional flavor profile helps it stand alone both in positioning and taste. Leninade is as unique as finding an Eastern Bloc Olympic athlete not using steroids. Recommended!"