Yesterdays post about the traps of flavored beverages leads me into a review of one of my recent discoveries, Ayala’s Herbal Water. Ayla’s Herbal Water is a line of flavored beverages that I can finally stand behind. The beverages contain nothing but good ol’ H2O, infused with extracts from organic herbs. Which means zero artificial ingredients, zero preservatives, zero sugars, and by nature, zero calories.
The simple make-up of these drinks makes them incredibly refreshing. Herb combinations like “cloves-cardamom-cinnamon” and “lavender-mint” give plain old water a delightful boost of flavor, perfect for when I’m looking to switch it up a bit.
My current favorites include “lemongrass-mint-vanilla” and “cinnamon-orange-peel.” The flavor comes simply from what’s laid out to you in the name, with stimulating hints of each herb infused in every bottle.
You’ll have to play around with which flavors are for you. I like nearly all of them, but there are one or two that I find have a flowery taste that errs on the side of soapy. I personally wouldn’t fully recommend the “lemon-verbena-geranium,” but it could just be my personal preferences.
Unlike many other beverage companies that fill up their labeling space with a list of fortified vitamins and health claims, Ayala’s tastefully uses the space to simply describe the drink. Every bottle contains a lists of the herbs that are infused, giving a brief description about the nature of each herb. So if you’re having trouble choosing a flavor, you can start there for a quick guide. I recommend any of the mint flavors, but it’s also fun to experiment with some of the lesser-used herbs within beverages. If you’re looking for some bubbles, you can also check out Ayala’s line of sparkling water.
If you give them a try, let me know your favorite flavor!