The summer heat has arrived, and that means cooling off with refreshing summer beverages! When I was a kid growing up in southern California, my Mom didn’t keep soda the house. Instead, she made sure that there was always a fresh pitcher of iced tea (with plenty of lemon and sugar) chilling in our refrigerator. This enduring childhood memory is likely a good reason why iced tea remains my go-to summertime beverage when I really need to quench my thirst. The great news for iced tea lovers is that there are so many grab-and-go ways to enjoy iced teas that not only taste great, but are also good for you. Recently, I learned about the health benefits of something called Purple Tea, available in a brand called Kabaki. Representatives sent me a case of Kabaki Kenyan Purple Tea to review for the blog, and now I’d like to share my finding with you.
First off what the heck is Purple Tea? What I learned is that Purple Tea grows high in the valleys and mountain tops of Kenya, and is sourced from the same single plant, Camellia Sinensis, that produces green and black teas. The intense African sun, coupled with cool mountain air, allows ultraviolet rays to deeply penetrate the tea leaves, which have a purple color because they contain super-antioxidants called anthocyanins. This is the same antioxidant found in ‘superfoods’ like Acai berries, Pomegranates and Blueberries.
Seagram’s Escapes is an amazingly delicious line of flavored Malt Beverages (Read: Fruit Flavored Beer) that reminds me of those Bartles & Jaymes Wine Coolers I used to get so wasted on back when I was in College.
The brand has been around for years, but they introduce new flavors every so often to keep things lively. Earlier this year, they sent me a four pack of their recently introduced Blackberry Breezer flavor. These tall, slender bottles of tasty beverage have been chilling in my fridge, while I waited for the weather to get warm and sunny enough that I could take them out to my front porch and photograph them. But I was also awaiting the seasonal onset of summery weather that inspires one to lounge hedonistically by a pool and drink fruity beverages. That day came today.
Blackberry Breezer tastes like Blackberry and Pear juice mixed together and it goes down very smooth. Unless you weigh less than 100 pounds, it takes at least two to get a decent buzz, but they taste so fruity, light and refreshing that maybe this will not be your go-to beverage to get slammed. Maybe save that for the vodka and cranberry juice.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Your Preferred Adult Beverage for the Summer of 2013 is Here.