Refreshing summer beverages

7/21/2010:

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Tasty beverage trends: What are your favorites?

Other than your long-time constants, the beverage industry always has trendy drinks that come and sometimes go. There are so many choices nowadays that entire aisles at the supermarket are crammed with variety – it’s hard to try them all.

Two drinks have made my rotation here at the Hoboken411 HQ this year:

1. Fresh Ginger Ginger Ale

This product from Bruce Cost – the “King of Ginger,” and author of the cookbook Ginger East to West has been a staple menu item at Big Bowl chain of Asian restaurants in the midwest.

Fresh Ginger Ginger Ale is now for sale by the bottle nationwide (including us here in the mile square city of Hoboken).

Here’s how they describe their product:

“Unique among ginger ales on the market, we call this “Fresh Ginger, Ginger Ale,” because it’s made with only fresh ginger {no extracts. no oils!} and pure cane sugar. Regardless of how we combine this to make up our flavors, we start with this deliciously simple formula. Unfiltered and rich with ginger particles (you must shake it slightly before pouring) you’ll notice it has the “mouth feel” of a light beer or wine. Along with refreshment, this stuff even provides iron, calcium and a little vitamin A and C. Enjoy!”

This review in the NY Times even suggests adding some rum to the ginger ale. Last price I paid on Washington St. was $2 a bottle.

2. Mash Drinks from Boylan

Mash drinks come from local Moonachie-based Boylan Bottling Company – most famous for their Birch Beer products. Mash has only been on the scene about two years – but it’s been one of my new favorites for quite a while.

Mash sodas are currently available in four flavors: Ripe Mango / Blood Orange, Lemon Peel / Ginger Root, Pomegranate / Blueberry and my favorite Grapefruit / Citrus Zing.

I like to think of these as Orangina “V2.0” because they have a very light “fizz” and are quite refreshing & low calorie.

Prices vary widely in Hoboken – I’ve seen some places actually charging $2.50 a bottle, but can usually be had for around $1.69. Not sure what supermarkets are charging for these products, though. But I’m the type to buy in bulk if I find good prices.

What is your favorite new beverage these days?

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10 Comments on "Refreshing summer beverages"

Easy-E
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Half a lemon squeezed into a tall glass, sugar, water ice.

Few things better than fresh lemonade, and it’s so simple to make fresh I can’t understand why anyone bothers with that artificial flavored junk. The from concentrate is crap too.

getz76
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getz76

Agreed. Try orange, too.

Better results with powdered sugar or even a good honey instead of the granulated sugar.

The other thing is to use a good sparkling mineral water instead of still water for a bit of fizz. Ice, though is definitely the business.[quote comment=”194961″]Half a lemon squeezed into a tall glass, sugar, water ice. Few things better than fresh lemonade, and it’s so simple to make fresh I can’t understand why anyone bothers with that artificial flavored junk. The from concentrate is crap too.[/quote]

escaped68
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My favorite on a hot day is a beer in a long neck bottle that has been in a bucket of ice.

mooshu
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mooshu

These drinks sound yummy. But my favorite is a simple one I make at home– I brew some tea and add slices of oranges, lemons, or whatever fruit I feel like having, plus a drizzle of honey. Then I chill it for later consumption (with a handful of ice-cubes).

HansBrix
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HansBrix

The problem with “refreshing summer beverages” is that the tiny bottles are outmatched by my summer thirst.

pawzclawz
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pawzclawz

My favorite refreshing summer beverage is not available on store shelves. It comes from Empire Coffee and Tea Co. on third and Bloomfield. They sell a drink called an Italian soda. It’s Boylan seltzer and a flavored syrup shot. I was there one night when someone asked if creme could also be added. I tried it the following evening. I had them add skim milk instead of creme,sugar free syrup and cinnamon and nutmeg to top it off. One of their employees made the suggestion to add espresso. I gave that a whirl as well. Boylan seltzer,skim milk,decaf espresso,sugar free syrup and cinnamon and nutmeg for a topper. It’s an amazing drink.

escaped68
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This sounds like a cross between a old fashion egg cream and another old drink coffee sport, They were both good. It sounds interesting[quote comment=”194846″]My favorite refreshing summer beverage is not available on store shelves. It comes from Empire Coffee and Tea Co. on third and Bloomfield. They sell a drink called an Italian soda. It’s Boylan seltzer and a flavored syrup shot. I was there one night when someone asked if creme could also be added. I tried it the following evening. I had them add skim milk instead of creme,sugar free syrup and cinnamon and nutmeg to top it off. One of their employees made the suggestion to add espresso. I gave that a whirl as well. Boylan seltzer,skim milk,decaf espresso,sugar free syrup and cinnamon and nutmeg for a topper. It’s an amazing drink.[/quote]

pawzclawz
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pawzclawz

It’s funny you said that. I know when I had it,I don’t recall if it was with our without the espresso. My comment was “This tastes exactly like an eggcreme”. I’ve never heard of a coffee sport. What’s the ingredients? I might have to try that as well. The Italian soda with the extras are interesting and good. If you patronize Empire,you should give it a try. [quote comment=”194860″]This sounds like a cross between a old fashion egg cream and another old drink coffee sport, They were both good. It sounds interesting[/quote]

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