While I am still trying to hold on to the sweet, refreshing taste of summer, I am also embracing the brisk, autumn weather and seasonal flavors. Pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg aside, I am introducing you to four beverages that carry a refreshing, summer tang with a crisp yet soothing hint of what the fall months encompass.
Blossom Water is one of my most favorite beverages that I learned of this September, I only wish I learned about this premium line of floral-enhanced natural essence waters sooner. I was glad to see it sold at a Health Food store on 2nd avenue while I was in Manhattan over the weekend. The waters are available in four flavors: lemon rose, plum jasmine, grapefruit lilac and pomegranate geranium. Soft, essence of a wild lush garden, it is a sip of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean regions, where rose water is commonly mixed into lemonade to balance the refreshing tartness with nuanced taste and aroma. Rose is even thought to bring healing properties, both physical and psychological.
Think of a miniature lime that has collided with a juicy orange to create a brand new, citrusy sensation. Indigenous to the Philippines, the Calamansi has long been regarded as the country’s best kept secret. Rich in antioxidants, electrolytes, and is certified non-GMO, enjoy this slightly sweet beverage three ways: as a mixer, warm, or over ice. Many Filipinos drink this medicinally every morning to start their day, to reset their digestive system and to cure sore throat. It is considered to be a natural detox, similar to how Americans drink warm lemon water each morning. Many love Mansi as a cocktail mixer: Vodka/Rum/Tequila/Gin/
Give cider a unique twist! Unlike traditional apple cider, Hot Ruby has a smooth, cranberry base with hints of pineapple and citrus that can be sipped hot or cold. Though delicious as is, also makes a great base to mix with your favorite alcohol. Perfect for having at your table during holiday cocktail parties and dinners, Hot Ruby is a camaraderie between cranberry, pineapple and citrus juices along with an exquisite blend of spices. My family and I may very well have started a tradition by drinking Hot Ruby over Gordon’s Gin with a lemon peel. We also drink it hot; the soothing smell creates a welcoming feeling in our home while it’s simmers on the stove.