We’ll drink to these 3 beverage trends: coconut water, cold-pressed coffee & hop-free beer
Whether you’re re-hydrating after a workout or imbibing after a hard day of work, we’ve got a look at the hottest trends in beverages.
(Still) crazy for coconut water
When coconut water first hit the market about 10 years ago it was touted as a miracle drink, but research indicates that the clear liquid from still-green coconuts isn’t all it was, well, cracked up to be. However, while it can’t cure all that ails you, coconut water is an all-natural way to hydrate if you’re bored with just plain water. It’s also a nice way to get a little extra potassium in your diet.
Try: Vita Coco
Cold-pressed coffee is trending because it offers the drinker a sweeter sip than traditional coffee. Essentially, you the coffee is brewed with room-temperature or cold water instead of hot, as in a coffee pot. It can take up to 12 hours to brew, but if you’ve got the time, you can make your own at home with this recipe from Chow.com. If you prefer to skip the home brew method, retailers including Trader Joe’s and Target carry packaged versions.
Cold-pressed juice is also on the rise because it retains more of the nutrients found in fruits and vegetables than traditional juicing, and literally pounds of produce are used to make each bottle. Starbucks and BluePrint are both popular brands selling the stuff, and Jamba Juice is in the midst of a national launch of its own cold-pressed juice that will be completed in 2015.
According to the Sterling Rice Group’s Top 10 culinary trends for 2015, hop-free beers are about to go mainstream. Craft brewers will skip the hops in favor of herbs and spices to up the flavor factor and skip the bitterness. Cheers!
Try: New Belgium’s Gruit