There’s a lot of buzz -- at least on the bleeding edge -- about apple cider vinegar-based beverages. Fire Cider is one of the more unique approaches that we’ve seen in the space. The product, which is made with apple cider vinegar, honey, oranges, lemons, onions, horseradish, ginger, habanero, garlic and turmeric, has an insanely complex and spicy flavor.
Promoting its bottled gazpacho drinks with the tagline "no spoon required," Tio Gazpacho is a high pressure processed (HPP) take on the classic cold soup. The beverages, which come in three varieties, are well-executed in both formulation and packaging and an impressive addition to the HPP beverage category.
Fizzleblitz is marketed as a "Sparkling Fruit Juice Tea" that is formulated with with yerba mate and comes in three varieties. While like the flavor of the products, we not sure about the positioning of the brand and are a little confused the choice of ingredients in the beverages.
Promoted as a "healthy lifestyle beverage for the on-the-go consumer," on the surface, Iconic looks and feels very much like a protein drink.
ZICO has introduced ZICO Chilled Juices, a new three-SKU line of 100 percent juice products made with not from concentrate coconut water.Packaged in a 1.5L screw top carton (the same package that was previously used for ZICO’s short lived smoothie line) the drinks will be sold on the refrigerated juice shelf, specifically in the natural food sections of conventional grocers.
Deluxe Honeydrop has launched a two-SKU line of raw honey drinks that are packaged in 10 oz. plastic bottles and high pressure processed. The new Raw Local Honey and Raw Manuka Honey products are quite tasty, but from our perspective, their labels feel a bit disconnected from the brand. (Editor's note: An earlier version on this review stated that Honeydrop has discontinued its juice and tea line. That is not correct. The products are still part of the company's portfolio. We regret the error.)
Like its previous incarnation as Harmless Harvest 100% Raw Tea, Namacha is a line of high pressure processed and USDA Organic certified blend of water and tea leaves that are flash-frozen, pulverized and steeped cold. Available in three varieties -- unsweetened, honey & lemon, and peppermint -- the product is still packaged in a 10 oz. bottle, but is the updated branding a step forward for the line?
Southern Teaz is a line of USDA Organic ready-to-drink iced teas that incorporate biodynamically farmed tea from India. While the company that makes these products hails from Idaho, this flavor is certainly sweet enough to be called “Southern-style” (we can’t say the same for the unsweetened flavor).
Daily Greens “Replenish” is the second hemp milk product to be added to the company's lineup of cold-pressed, HPP products. It’s made with water, hemp seeds, vanilla, coconut nectar, camu camu and cocoa, which results in a flavor that’s extremely enjoyable.
Reliant Recovery Water is water that is fortified with oxygen, calcium chloride, magnesium chloride and potassium bicarbonate. While the company has plenty of explanation on its website (including research studies that are intended to validate their recovery and performance claims), there’s very little information on the bottle.
Of all the coconut waters that we’ve ever sampled, Coconut Cartel is in a whole other league when it comes to being unique. The product, which is simply a Malayan Dwarf coconut harvested in El Salvador, definitely has an eye-catching look (just try walking around with a coconut in your hand) and, aside from laser etching of the company’s logo, is unadulterated in the most literal sense.
Marketed as "coconut smoothies for the brain & body," Genius Juice produces a six-SKU line of blends that use coconut milk (or, in the case of the flagship variety, coconut meat) as the primary ingredient. The products are made with organic and non-GMO ingredients, and the drinks are high pressure processed.
pHenOH (pronounced “fee-no”) is a 7.4 pH sports drink that is designed to be a non-acidic alternative to mainstream isotonic beverages. It’s USDA Organic certified and is also sweetened with agave and flavored with aloe vera.
Formerly known as Dr. B’s Tea, Doc’s Tea is a line of rooibos tea drinks that uses monk fruit as the primary sweetener. In addition to the rebrand, the company removed xylitol from the drinks and replaced it with cane sugar. The new formulation, is for the most part, good especially considering that it has only 10 calories per 12 oz. bottle. On the branding side of things, however, calling it “Doc’s Tea” seems like a questionable move.