Well guys, it looks like it’s going to be a pretty tough winter. The low temps, snow and windy days mean that staying hydrated is more important than usual. Hydration is especially important for me while I’m undergoing chemotherapy, as the medicines I receive pretty much drain any fluids I may already have in my body. And although I’m not one of those people who dislikes the “taste” of regular water, I feel like any addition that will make me more likely to reach for it than another beverage is a plus. So when I happened by Blossom Water flavored waters while on a recent grocery run, I picked up a couple to see if they would make an impression.
Blossom Water is not a new product, but it is new to me. Based in New England, it was started by a man who has a long-standing passion for gardening, and one day he hit upon the idea of infusing water not only with fruit flavors (pretty standard) but also with the essence of flowers, which is something you definitely don’t see too often. There are currently four flavors available: Grapefruit Lilac, Plum Jasmine and the two I chose this time around, Lemon Rose and Pomegranate Geranium. All of their waters are 100% natural, with no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, and they are gluten-free and vegan. And one pretty 16oz. glass bottle is about 45 calories, so you can feel good about drinking any of the flavors. You can get more details on the water and find a store near you on their website.
The whole idea of flower infusion is what intrigued me from the start, and because I know about the benefits of flower essences in many teas, I was ready to see what they had to offer. The Lemon Rose is very unique – I normally do not enjoy lemon with my water, but for whatever reason the addition of the rose scent and hint of flavor seemed to take a bit of the edge off. It was very clean and refreshing, and even if you are into lemon water I would recommend giving this one a try. The Pomegranate Geranium really had my curiosity piqued, as I’m pretty sure I’ve never tasted anything having to do with geraniums in my life. This flavor was a little heavier on the pomegranate (which was delish, btw), with just a little hint of what I’m guessing was geranium flavor. Both waters get a thumbs up from me, although I suggest making sure they are really cold when you drink them. I’m sure they would also be amazing as a mixer for cocktails, but since this post is about being healthy, I’ll behave myself.
If you are looking to take a bit of a break this holiday season from all of the nogs and cocoas and coffees (ok, maybe not coffee), give these waters a try. They are available at most major supermarket chains – I found mine at Kroger in the natural foods section – and run about $2.40 each. A bit high for a bottle of water, but for the flavor quality and sheer uniqueness of the product, I say it’s at least worth trying. Hope this post was interesting, and if you’ve come across any new drinks this season worth mentioning, please do so in the comments below. Have a great week!