I sometimes get really bored with the beverages coming out of the American food manufacturing industry. I try to avoid the sugar-laden drinks like soda and juices from concentrate, because too much sugar is bad for you. Instead i drink a lot of water, a lot of low-fat milk with Chocolate Malt Ovaltine mix and lately two drinks I found stocked at my local imported-foods grocery store in Brooklyn, both apparently from Poland. The first is something made by Fortuna (a division of Agros Nova) and is an orange-milk mixture that tastes like one of those orange-flavored, ice-cream popsicles but in a liquid form. It’s not too sweet and comes in a one-litre container. The second is a drink from a company called Tymbark and is a lemon/lime mixture with a splash of mint added. From this description you’d think those flavors do not go well together but I recently tried it and it’s fantastic. Bitter, sweet and sour all at the same time. Lastly, Fortuna also makes a blood orange drink that I thought would be a lot like the ones I fell in love with when I vacationed in Malta a few years back, but sadly it’s nowhere near as good as the freshly-squeezed blood orange juice available along most of the Mediterannean coast.
Posted by Cameron Barrett at March 7, 2005 05:17 PM