We're in the summer soup now. To counter the heat and humidity, try refreshing by sampling the new beverages out this summer.
Producers have introduced sports drinks and sparkling refreshments and beverages that are rich in vitamins, packed with caffeine and provide a splash of flavor, ideal for these overheated months.
Read on see what's offered. Then pour and drink up. Cheers!
A new line of sports drinks from the Coca-Cola Co.'s (KO) Honest Tea is now available in hundreds of stores throughout the country after a pilot program in the Mid-Atlantic region last summer. Flavors include lemon, berry and orange. Honest Sport is available for $1.99 per 16-ounce bottle.
The idea for the line came from the company's co-founder Seth Goldman, Honest Tea spokesman James Gleason said.
"He was out competing in a triathlon, and he was looking for a healthy, natural option to replenish electrolytes and stuff," Gleason said. "There wasn't really any options...[Honest Sport] is a great organic option, especially as people are working out a lot more in the summer and sweating more."
Honest Tea is also introducing the Unsweet Peach Ginger Tea. Available nationally, this new concoction of brewed organic black tea and honeybush leaves with peach puree and ginger flavor has zero calories. It is also part of the fair trade program, which means part of the proceeds go toward communities in which the tea is grown, Gleason said. Prices may vary based on location.
Honest Kids is also introducing a frozen-juice slushy pilot line. The pouches are organic, have 30 calories each and will be available in a limited number of Sam's Clubs starting next month, Gleason said.
"It think it's really fun," Gleason said. "You bring them home, put them in the freezer, and you'll have these...frozen juice pouches. It's really inquest to what's on the market."
The new Starbucks (SBUX) Refreshers from PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) contain carbonated fruit juices with coconut water. Flavors include Peach Passionfruit, Strawberry Lemonade and Black Cherry Limeade. Other flavors of Starbucks Refreshers sell for $29.89 for a dozen 12-ounce cans online at Walmart Stores Inc. (WMT) .
The new sparkling water flavors from Pepsi's Klarbrunn are Blueberry Passionfruit, Cranberry Grape and Cherry Limeuse. They are made with all-natural ingredients and have no sugars, sodium or calories. Prices may vary based on location.
Its VitaICE has new flavors, including Raspberry Citrus, Strawberry Watermelon and Grape Berry. The drinks have zero calorie,s but are packed with vitamins and antioxidants. Prices may vary.
Celsius Holdings (CELH) launched a new line of its carbonated pre-workout beverages called Heat. Consumers can find Heat, also a dietary supplement, at fitness centers and the Vitamin Shoppe Inc. (VSI) nationwide. The new line includes Inferno Punch, Blueberry Pomegranate and Cherry Lime flavors in a 16-ounce can packed with 300 milligrams of caffeine. A 12-pack is $29.99 online at the Vitamin Shoppe.
Howard Wishner, a spokesman for Celsius Holdings, said the line was a result of requests from trainers.
"They said, 'We'd like something a little more stepped up,'" Wishner said. "It gives them 100-milligram higher caffeine content."
Inspired by a drink sold on the streets of Rome, Lemoncocco is a noncarbonated drink made with lemon flavor and coconut cream from Jones Soda Co. (JSDA) . A dozen 12-ounce cans is available for $23.99 online.
In honor of Jones' 21st year in business, the company also is launching its first alcoholic beverage—Spiked Jones, a hard-cider soda. The Seattle-based company is producing a blend made with Washington State apples and the same flavors used in Jones' Green Apple Soda. Spiked Jones will be sold in the Pacific Northwest.