May 12, 2010

Review: Honest Tea - Organic Beverages

I do alot of reading between magazines, cookbooks, on-line news articles and various blogs.  I'm always amazed at the amount of information is out there waiting for us on a daily basis no matter what time of day you decide to search for it.  One subject that I am always interested in is eating more naturally.  There is definitely a move toward reducing some of the additives and such in the processed foods we buy.  And, I've always been honest about my use of boxed mixes and such... sometimes you just need a few shortcuts.  I'm all for doing as much from scratch though.  I like knowing each and every ingredient that goes into the food I serve my family and friends.

I was recently contacted about some new flavors coming from a company called Honest Tea, I was intriqued.  I've walked past their drinks at the grocery, but never picked any up to try myself.  Before saying yes, I browsed their website.  What I found there was really interesting.  The folks at Honest Tea focus on all natural organic ingredients and fair trade certified black tea.  With so many companies having to go back to using real ingredients, this one doesn't have to make any changes to please people who are looking for an all natural beverage choice.

I received two flavors to sample.  First I opened the Organic Half Tea Half Lemonade.  It has just a touch of sweetness and when poured over ice, will definitely quench your thirst on a warm spring or summer day.  I enjoyed the addition of the lemonade to the tea.  This may be because I remember ice tea always having lemon in it.  When I was much younger, I preferred sweet tea, but now I prefer a touch of sweetness.

Next, I sampled the Orange Mango with Mangosteen.  Yeah, I know... you are wondering the same thing I was... what is Mangosteen?  Its a fruit from Thailand that is full of anti-oxidents.  Mixed in with the orange and mango, this is a citrus drink that I would prefer over the usual orange juice.  It has a refreshing rather than "gack-inducing" flavor.  I find that plain orange juice can sometimes make my throat feel all gummed up.  Probably just me, but if orange juice is mixed with other fruit juices I can manage it a whole lot better.  And, this beverage has your full day's worth of vitamin C.  A very enjoyable way to fight off a cold if you ask me... I'm always reaching for a citrus juice when I get the sniffles. 

I really enjoyed these drinks most when they were super ice cold.   I noticed on their website that they also make organic, all-natural juice pouches for kids!  I'm going to be searching them out when I go to the grocery store. 

Photo courtesy of Honest Beverages.

Disclosure:  I received a sample of each beverage mentioned from Formula PR.  I was not advised on what to write or compensated in any way.

Please note that all photos and content belong to Patsy Kreitman, unless otherwise noted. If you want to use something please ask first.
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Mel H. said...

Hi there, I follow your blog but don't post often. I just had to say that I love Honest Tea and have loved it since before I heard it was the President's favorite drink :-) My 4-year-old loves the pouches and I get big boxes at Costco.

Jen said...

I love Honest Tea! One of my friends told me about it a few months ago. I've tried a lot of the flavors, and my favorite (so far) is Pomegranate Red Tea with Goji Berries. I think it's sweeter than some of the others.

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