It’s July, the weather’s hot, and I’ve been doing a lot of sipping. With temperatures and humidity soaring, I find myself eating frugally, while drinking abundantly. Anyone else? 🙂
Below you can find my latest food and drink product recommendations, based on thorough testing. Which of these products would you try first? Let me know in the comments, and have a fabulous month and summer 🙂
- The Pickled Pepper People
The Pickled Pepper People “work with local farmers and producers to source vegetables that we prepare and pickle in a spicy brine. This delicious spicy vegetable slaw is a traditional food served in Haiti, West Indies, where we are from. Haiti has a rich history and culture, and we want to share it and make this wonderful slaw a staple in the United States.”
- The Only Bean
BrainPOP is one of several functional drinks I am sampling at the moment. I was very moved by the story of BrainPOP founder, Sierra Hooshiari, who started this business after suffering a traumatic brain injury during her sophomore year at Cornell University. Sierra worked with a former neuroscientist colleague and several physicians on the BrainPOP formula, which includes a botanical caffeine blend, four amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. Happy to learn about this small business with a moving background story and a wholesome mission: to reinvent soda as a fun and healthy functional beverage, one sip at a time.
- Per Se
- Anti Elixir
Marketed as “the first beverage designed to reduce the after-effects of drinking,” ANTI Elixir is a unique niche product I have come across recently. Inspired by ingredients fighting hangovers used around the world (such as ginger, lemon, and orange) the ANTI Elixir founders created a beverage that can be enjoyed before a night out, the morning after, and most unique of all, as a cocktail mixer. Featuring ginger, potassium, and essential vitamins that get depleted during drinking, Anti Elixir beverages are intended to replenish lost nutrients, to rehydrate, and to make beautiful beverages. As stated on the company website, “most people find that a single ANTI is enough to counter the after effects of up to 3-4 drinks. Example of one drink: a bottle of beer, a glass of wine, a shot of liquor.”
While I did not test ANTI Elixir as a hangover cure, I did enjoy it as a mocktail ingredient, blended with strawberry puree, seltzer, ice cubes, and fresh mint. If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic brunch beverage option, for example, then you may want to choose ANTI Elixir, and to use it on its own or in mocktails.
Disclaimer: I was not financially compensated by any of the companies above for this post. All opinions expressed here are my own.