Cheesy slogan aside, you can probably tell that carton of coconut water to do one as there's a new(er) health drink in town; DRINKmaple.
One of nature's masterpieces, maple water was discovered hundreds of years ago by Native Americans, though it's only thanks to the current health food obsession that it has started appearing on our shelves. There's such a high demand for drinks that not only taste great but also help nutritionally these days, and let's not forget that Beyoncé swears by this stuff. If it's good enough for Queen B, then it's good enough for me.
If you're wondering where exactly maple water comes from - *scratches head* - it is 'collected' by simply tapping maple trees (a process that doesn’t damage them) and allowing the water, jam-packed with a host of nutrients and minerals the trees have amassed through their roots, to run into buckets. The organic maple water is then bottled without anything being added or taken away and without any boiling. Job done.
DRINKmaple sprang to life thanks to two American Ironman triathletes - wowzas - who discovered that maple water offered the most refreshing drink they could find. Created in a tree and not in a lab, it's super hydrating and naturally good for you; proof that ''Mother Nature is the best chemist.''
It has a very subtle maple-y sweet flavour, but unlike maple syrup (which is the tree's water boiled down), it isn’t high in sugar. In fact maple water has only about half the sugar of coconut water (less than 1.5g per 100ml), but does contain 46 other nutrients, including more manganese than a cup of kale – a nutrient which plays an important role in our bodies’ energy systems. We'll all be training for Ironman in no time then.
If I'm being 100% honest, I wasn't too sure about the taste of DRINKmaple; I think I was expecting a bolder maple flavour. However, putting it in smoothies for breakfast every morning changed my opinion (see the suggested recipes below). It's much lower in calories and much more thirst quenching in comparison to using something like almond milk, it has a neutral taste which doesn't fight against other flavours, and its natural sweetness means that you don't need to add any additional sweeteners - much more wholesome.
Saying that, the thing which first made DRINKmaple grab my attention was an intriguing cocktail recipe - goodbye all virtuous intentions. And seeing as I tried (pretty unsuccessfully) some boozy coconut water concoctions a while ago, I needed to do a comparison, right?
With a mix of rye whisky, maple water, mint and angostura bitters, I was a little hesitant, but I needn't have been; it slipped down in an instant. Fresh and punchy, it was wonderfully balanced and an unexpected treat! It has a bit of a summer vibe about it thanks to the mint, but with the weight of the whisky lurking behind, it could easily be an all-year-round beverage that I'd make again and again.
To test DRINKmaple's alcoholic versatility, I tried it in an Americano cocktail; Campari, sweet vermouth and maple water. Another winner; the bitterness from the Campari counteracts the sweetness from the other components, and it made a silky and refreshing aperitif. If you're trying to get into Negronis and other bitter drinks, this is the way to ease into it.
If these slightly more health conscious cocktails haven't twisted your arm, then maybe this will; for every bottle sold, 200 gallons of fresh clean water is supplied to individuals in developing nations beset by drought and disaster through the organisation More Than Sport. Buying DRINKmaple not only does you good, but helps others too!
So, whether you’re looking for a tastier thirst quencher for your gym session or an interesting base for a party cocktail pitcher, then look no further than DRINKmaple.
You can find buy it via Ocado, Wholefoods, Planet Organic and over 200 other stores, including Selfridges, Revital and Harvey Nichols. Prices range from £1.99 for a 250ml Tetra to £3.99 for 946ml. For more recipes, visit the DRINKmaple website.
1 shot WhistlePig 10 Year Rye Whiskey
1 shot DRINKmaple maple water
Dash of maple syrup
2 dashes of Angostura aromatic bitters
Muddled mint and lemon
Shake all ingredients and serve over ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint and enjoy!
1 shot Campari
1 shot sweet vermouth
1 shot DRINKmaple
Fill a glass with ice. Pour in all the ingredients, stir and serve.
Watermelon Mint Maple Water Cooler
1 cup of diced seedless watermelon
1/2 cup of DRINKmaple
1/2 cup ice
6 leaves of fresh mint
Optional: to make this an alcoholic drink, add a shot of vodka
Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Maple Cold Brew Coffee Smoothie
1 cup DRINKmaple pure maple water
1/4 cup of cold brew coffee concentrate
2 tbsp. chia seeds
2 tbsp. maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup ice
Blend all ingredients and enjoy!