You may remember a juice line called Fresh Samantha from several years ago that had an adorable cartoon girl on the front label. Founded by Doug Levin, the line included delicious orange juice, lemonade, and smoothies. But the company was eventually discontinued in 2003.
Now, that cartoon girl is all grown up, and Doug's daughter, Samantha Levin, is resurrecting the company with Love, Sam—a six-product line of juices that use high-pressure pasteurization (HPP) to preserve nutrients. The "Sweet Mr. Green" flavor wins with it's subtly sweet flavor and organic certification.
We've been longtime fans of Harmless Harvest for their responsible business practices and exceptionally good raw coconut water. So we're thrilled that this ethical company launched 100% Raw Tea. Lauded as the "World's First Raw Tea," Harmless Harvest blends fresh-picked tea leaves with cold water, and sometimes honey or peppermint oil.
You've done it again, Harmless Harvest. The result is a refreshing, flavorful beverage that maintains tea's delicate compounds.
We're a little burnt out on coconut water, but maple water? That's something to be excited about! Tapped directly from USA maple trees, maple water is refreshing and slightly sweet. Though it's the same substance that maple syrup is made from, it would take 40 gallons of maple water to make one gallon of maple syrup. Plus, the beverage also contains trace minerals.
But perhaps the coolest part of Vertical Maple Water is that it provides incentive for sustainable forestry. In other words, it monetizes forests without cutting down trees.
We love kombucha for it's ample probiotics, liver-friendly organic acids, and delightful fizz. Admittedly, however, it's an acquired taste.
But with organic flavors like Culture Cola, Revive Rootbeer, Living Limon, and Pure Doctor, Live Soda Kombucha makes the ancient beverage attractive and appealing to non-kombucha drinkers. Put simply, it's kombucha for a soda-obsessed culture.
Owl's Brew is impossibly chic. This mixer is designed to be combined with alcohol—but it's a far cry from those saccharine mixers found in liquor or conventional stores. Add two parts of the artisan-brewed, tea-based liquid with one part booze, and you'll have a delectable adult beverage that has 1/3 the calories of comparable cocktails. Great for mocktails, too.
I've heard of mulberries before, but I can't say that I've actually tasted one—until this neat product, of course. Rich in antioxidants, and similar to blackberries, this unique beverage blends mulberry juice with coconut water, and recently, green tea.
Why mulberries, though? "Rising up to 50 feet, and with roots that shoot down nearly as far, the hearty mulberry tree also has the ability to tap into more nutrients than most other plants, as the ancients knew all too well," according to the company website. Huh, who knew?
Delicious Living Managing Editor Jenna Blumenfeld slurped her way through Natural Products Expo East 2013 in Baltimore to find the most interesting new natural beverages. These are her top stellar sips.