Have you seen these Cascal bottled drinks around yet? I discovered them at Whole Foods a few months ago, and since then I’ve grown to like them quite a bit.
They are similar to wine or beer, except non-alcoholic and with lighter, fruitier flavors. Perfect for when you want a slightly sweet, refreshing treat in the afternoon, or something more special than water to accompany you as you do undesirable chores (such as packing, which was the context of both photos above). Of course they’d also be a nice, slightly fancy option to mix in with the normal sodas and beers in your beverage tub the next time you have people over. Or a unique non-alcoholic hostess gift!
You won’t find caffeine, artificial flavors, or preservatives in them, so basically they’re just sparkling water with a touch of fermented fruit juice to create a grown-up fizzy drink. Each bottle has 60-80 calories, and contains around 20-40% fruit juice. They’re sold in packs of 4, and there are 5 flavors to choose from. You can get information on where to buy them, and what foods pair well with each flavor, at the Cascal website.
As for me, I’ll probably be popping one open on my window sill or next to my suitcase again soon… I have to pack for my sister’s out-of-town bachelorette party. Stay tuned for posts about eateries, party favors, and travel destinations after this weekend winds down!