Flavoristas beat the heat

It’s an epic hot summer and new drink flavors are spreading across the wet planet. If you thought that with all the javas, teas, sodas, juices, flavored waters, (did we forget milk?) infused with everything from acai to zinc, that we would be completely saturated, think again.

Whereas there used to be just two or three root beer brands within recent memory, there is now a proliferation of smaller labels that make bottles of Henry Weinhard’s Root Beer, Boylan, IBC, and Sprecher, seem standard issue. And in the playing field dominated by Coke and Pepsi, today you’ll spot micro-colas like Curiosity Cola and plain old Mexican Coca-Cola (they use cane sugar rather than the less expensive beet sugar). Both are worth a try.

But what’s putting the wow factor into new drinks this season is the proliferation of new flavors.

Flavoristas have been busy. Try tasty Strawberry infused lemonade and mint at 92YCafe in Tribeca. Ginger and mint plus special ingredients at Moose & Sadie’s in Minneapolis. Mint, lime, agave and fruit nectars at Bond in Manhattan. Violet (yes, the flower). Lavender, Hibiscus, Dandelion (yes, the weed) and burdock. Also seen and noted have been ginger and pineapple, mango and lime. New drink vendor DRY (shown) offers Juniper Berry, Lemongrass and Lavender sodas. Fresh ginger unfiltered Ginger Ale by Bruce Cost is a bottled stunner.

(We would be remiss if we did not also mention that ice cream flavoristas have conjured up creamy delights like wildberry lavender, Ugandan vanilla bean, golden ale and apricot, sweet corn with black raspberry, and molasses ice creams.)

No matter how you plan to chill this season, these new flavors will take you to the next levels of awesomeness.