Aperol Spritz

Although late to the game, I am now fully invested in the summer “It” drink, the Aperol Spritz. Last year, I saw the bright orange drink everywhere I went, but never tried it. I started during our recent trip to Europe, and now I can’t stop. Aperol Spritz is made with aperol (a liquor), prosecco, a splash of soda, and some fresh orange. It is refreshing, zesty, sparkly, and basically makes you feel like you are drinking an orange Fanta. OH SO GOOD.

 

Yes, I am a dufus. But can’t stop, won’t stop.

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La Colombe Black and Tan Coffee

Last week, one of my biffles introduced me to La Colombe “black and tan.” And now, I can’t stop thinking about it. Literally, every morning and afternoon, I dream of getting a black and tan from La Colombe.  Although there are 30 locations nationwide, and 8 in NYC, none are in my neighborhood.  So when I was talking to her the other day complaining about how much I wanted this drink, she said that I should take the canned version and create my own version of it. And then she made fun of me about how I was going to make a blog post out of it — and even got the exact phrasing and thought process of how I write blogs. And so, YEP, she knows me well. And so here we are, and I am doing exactly that. I am writing a blog post on my new favorite drink and thanks to Fresh Direct, I can create it without going downtown. Thanks, B, for being my editor, content contributor, and supporter of my caffeine intake and the Josie Girl Blog.

 

Dynamic Duo.

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Switchel – The New Hipster Drink

In my search for the best New York Kombucha (because I miss every day, my Humm Kombucha from Oregon), I came across “Switchel.” Switchel, originated in the Caribbean and popular in America in the 17th century, is the new ‘wellness’ drink on the east coast.  I bought a case (very hopeful that it would work out).  Love.

 

Up Mountain Switchel

Up Mountain Switchel

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Matcha Latte

I just hopped onto the matcha bandwagon and made myself a matcha latte! What is matcha (besides a word sounding like it is yiddish instead of Japanese)? It is a finely ground powder of green tea leaves. It is also all the hype in hipster, hippy coffee shops. And since I love all of the above (hipster, coffee, tea, Japanese, and hippy), I am now a matcha lover. Plus, it is gentle on your stomach, fights sickness, and makes you smarter. WIN WIN WIN. NO LONGER WILL I BE A BLONDE.

 

What's not to love about a green drink?

What’s not to love about a green drink?

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Humm Kombucha

Now that I am back on my Kombucha addiction, I have discovered the best of the best. Humm Kombucha. This beverage is ridiculously tasty and refreshing. Plus, it tastes so good, that it doesn’t even really taste like kombucha (oxymoron — drink kombucha that doesn’t taste like kombucha?). Every flavor is delicious and it is hard to pick my favorite — they are all so good.

 

humm humm humm humm

humm humm humm humm

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Union Wine Co. — Wine in a Can

Truth be told, I am not a big drinker (I am constantly in a state of my own drunkenness) and when I *do* drink, I am a super cheap date lightweight (aka fall asleep before double digits)…nonetheless, I am so excited by this Oregon Wine Company, hallelujah-ohmygoodness-bless-the-lord-maybe-ill-start-guzzling-now! WHAT IS HIPPER THAN DRINKING WINE OUT OF A CAN? Big kudos to Union Wine Company … (Flashback to drinking champagne out of a can…)

 

UnderWOOD!

UnderWOOD!

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bkr Water Bottle

Brag: I have been doing awesome at one of my New Year’s Resolutions! I am drinking more water! Granted, it is only week 3 of the New Year, but hey, you gotta start somewhere! I owe my increased water intake to my new, hip, fresh bottle. Who knew that having a new water bottle could make me drink more? As weird as it sounds, I swear it really is working!

Rainbow colors.

Rainbow colors.

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Mercy

Heading to a party tonight but worried that you will be hungover in the morning? Just had a good workout and need an extra boost (more like my reality)? Drink today, save tomorrow! So, drink Mercy!

Mercy

Mercy is a vitamin and amino acid packed, caffeine-free, non-alcoholic, tasty and bubbly drink.  If you are using it for hangover prevention, you are supposed to drink it the night of the par-dy to fortify your body against the damages caused by booze. I was turned on to it by a trainer who drank it after a workout.

Mercy angels

Basically, Mercy contains amino acids, vitamins, anti-oxidants electrolytes and herbal supplements that can either help eliminate toxins produced by alcohol consumption, or just give you a non-caffeinated boost.

Sleek Mercy can. Feminie, chic, sophisticated, delicious, and effective.

Sleek Mercy can. Feminine, chic, sophisticated, delicious, and effective.

Need a gift for a friend? A perfect pair -- can of champagne matched with a can of Mercy.

Need a gift for a friend? A perfect pair — can of champagne matched with a can of Mercy.

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Urban Moonshine Bitters

For some horrible reason, my tum tum has been killing me recently. Like SHARP AWFUL pains, nausea, gas, on and on and on. Not fun. (Yes, I am going to the doctor soon, as my pains are unreal). So a friend told me to try bitters to aid my digestion.

The only type of organic bitters sold at The Meadow is Urban Moonshine. So, I happily picked up a bottle and tried it immediately.  The listed benefits of bitters are staggering! Bitters soothe gas and bloating, relieve occasional heartburn, and help maintain healthy blood sugar levels.  There are about a million other things they are supposed to help with too.

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Three different varieties of bitters: original, citrus, and maple.

Bitters original.

Bitters original.

The theory behind bitters is fascinating. Everyone is supposed to consume daily the 5 main flavors: sweet, salty, sour, umami, and bitter. Each flavor has a different effect on the body, and bitter flavor effects the digestion. Unfortunately, current diets focus mainly on sweet and salty, and lack bitter.  So bitter supplements in theory help your body balance.

Dandelion.

Dandelion.

I am so excited to make this a part of my daily health regime. It’s only been a week, but my stomach is already feeling better.  I am going to keep going with this, and hopefully my repeated stomach problems will permanently go away.

Digestion relief.

Digestion relief.

You can buy Urban Moonshine bitters on their website. Happy Spring — a toast to getting our bodies working correctly, and feeling great. Have a good weekend!

Anika Yael Natori, aka, The Josie Girl

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Harmless Harvest Coconut Water

I recently discovered gold. Not real gold, but a new coconut water brand. But this stuff is so pure, so real, so fresh, that it actually feels like I found a piece of gold. More like a pot of gold.

pot of gold

Pot of gold, aka a coconut.

I have always liked coconut water, as it tastes yummy, is hydrating and does a body good. But I have never loved it. That is, until recently, when I randomly tumbled on Harmless Harvest coconut water and I became an addict. One sip, and I was done. I needed more, my body shook for more, and I just craved it. NO JOKE.

coconut water

oh here it is.

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