It’s getting warm outside, and now more than ever, it is time to hydrate and keep ourselves refreshed. You may be thinking lemonade, sparkling water, or smoothies to cool yourself down, but why not look to one of the trending flavors to get you through the heat – coconut!
When it comes to food and beverages, tropical flavors are hot right now, and in the beverage category, consumers are definitely crazy for coconut. With over 100 uses and widespread health benefits, the coconut is a true provider, and is appearing as an ingredient in water, juices, and cold coffee beverages.
The coconut is a nutritious source of meat, juice, milk, and oil that has fed and nourished populations around the world for generations. Coconut is highly nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. The coconut palm is so highly valued by Asian and Pacific populations as both a source of food and medicine that it is called “The Tree of Life.”
It is important to note that there are a lot of unsubstantiated claims about the benefits of coconut water, which is being marketing as an after-sport drink. That aside, coconut water and milk are delicious and refreshing, and perfect to enjoy in the hot months as well as the cool.
Coconut water is the natural juice that is found inside the coconut, while coconut milk is made by boiling equal amounts of water and shredded coconut together until they are foamy, when they are then strained.
So, if you’re looking for a great tasting way to hydrate, check out these deliciously refreshing beverages. Go ahead, put aside your soft drink and go tropical.
Blue Monkey Coconut Milk Drink, derived from the white meat of mature coconuts, is 100 percent certified organic and is a lactose-, soy- and dairy-free alternative made from isotonic natural ingredients. Completely free of preservatives, the coconut milk is less than 100 calories per serving, low in fat (comparable to 2 percent milk) and naturally high in vitamins and minerals. Delicious served cold on its own, coconut milk also goes great on cereal, in coffee or in food recipes.$2.29/12 ounces
Purity Organic’s Coconut Water (Plain or Mango) is a great way to crack open nature’s source of organic hydration. This 100% coconut water is refreshing and tastes great., and boasts five essential electrolytes. Adding to its goodness, is that the beverage is certified organic. It is available at Safeway and other select locations and is priced between $2.99-$3.49 per bottle.
RealBeanz Refresh is a cappuccino-flavored Iced Coffee made with Coconut Water. It is a unique beverage blending the best of bold, premium-roasted coffee beans and remarkably refreshing coconut water, to provide you with a double whammy of tastes and tanginess. Forget about palm trees and sandy beaches – swig down yet another refreshing bottle of Refresh and you’ll feel, well . . refreshed
Sparkling ICE has made a great-tasting, refreshing, zero-calorie beverage Perfectly Possible™. Combining naturally flavored sparkling mountain spring water, fruit juices, vitamins and antioxidants, Sparkling ICE offers a bold, sparkling beverage that appeals to all age groups. Available in retailers nationwide in eight refreshing flavors including the deliciously refreshing Coconut Pineapple. A great alternative to soft drinks, Sparkling ICE is caffeine-free. $1.19-$1.29
Califia Farms Coconut Almondmilk blend offers the whole food goodness of Pure Almondmilk with the creamy topical taste of toasted coconuts to bring you better-than-milk nutrtion with 50% more calcium, less fat, less sugar, and less calories. The 100% vegan beverage has only 50 calories per 8-ounce serving.
And for the DIYers out there, here is a delicious iced tea cocktail recipe provided to use from Numi Organic Tea. Made using coconut milk, it was created by tea sommelier James Labe. The Cantaloupe Tea Daquari is perfect as we look ahead to the warmer months.
CANTALOUPE TEA DAIQUIRI
Created by tea sommelier James Labe
1 ½ oz. Numi Emperor’s Pu-erh Tea
1 ½ oz. Van Gogh BLUE Vodka
3 oz. Frozen Cubed Cantaloupe
1 oz. Coconut Milk
Splash of Lemon Juice
Steep tea at 4X normal strength for 2 minutes, then remove tea bag and chill liquid for later use. Combine and blend ingredients in blender, adding a splash of lemon for each serving.
Serve on the rocks, garnish with Lemon Wedge.