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Gatorade Bolt 24 Review
Bolt 24 is Gatorade’s newest addition to their lineup. Honest to God, every time they come out with a new anything I’m like... hmm... I wonder how much longer they’re going to keep doing this. How many times can they try to reinvent the hydration wheel??
OK so this is another freeze and technically not a drink!! Sue me, it’s hot!! I listened to a bunch of songs with 'freeze' and 'ice' in the name while I made this. It isn't required for the recipe, but I listened to "Brain Freeze" by Cousin Stizz a lot. I really try to use produce as it’s in season, and watermelon is one of those beautiful fruits that taste amazing when it’s in season, but once the season is over, it’s really OVER. Have you ever been curious enough to buy watermelon in the grocery store in like, January? Maybe in other regions it’s not as bad, but I live in Ohio. When watermelon season has passed, whatever watermelon we have here from wherever it comes from, tastes awful. It’s just mushy water. It’s something else cosplaying as watermelon. I don’t know. Since we’re having Melon Talk right now, I also want to take time out to praise golden melon. I’d never tried it before this summer, and when I bought it the cashier looked at me very seriously and said “Once you try golden melon, you’ll never want cantaloupe again.” That struck a little fear into my heart. I just started tolerating cantaloupe this past year after trying it in different forms. Now I’m moving on to other melons? This seems so sudden. But I tried it, and I love it. The cashier was right, I don’t want cantaloupe again (DO NOT tell cantaloupe about this). I don’t know how to explain golden melon, but it’s like it doesn’t have that weird aftertaste that cantaloupe has. It’s the little ping in the back of my mouth that’s associated with the dread I felt when I used to see cantaloupe in a fruit salad. The taste was like a pang of terror. I had started to tolerate it, but I didn’t like it or love it. Matcha has that same kind of flavor to me. I’ve been experimenting with matcha in drinks for the past couple of years, and nothing has been a good enough combo to rid my mouth of the bitter (?) taste matcha has. It has lacked a certain smoothness for me. Until now!
Banana Milkis Review
Banana is a pretty polarizing flavor. I know that. Unfortunately, I have a wide range of flavors I like, including artificial banana. I know it’s odd but I won’t stop liking it. I always loved when my mom bought the variety pack of Laffy Taffys to pass out for Halloween, because while my brother and I rifled through the package to save a few for ourselves, I knew my little banana babies would be safe. No one else wanted them. Honestly, of all artificial candy flavors, banana might be my favorite. It is consistent if nothing else. I always know what I’m getting myself into. I can’t always say the same for other flavors. Banana flavor is mellow and creamy. I’d heard of the Milkis sodas before, but never tried them. The idea of carbonation and milk is enough to send me over the edge. I don’t care for cream soda, really, but I do enjoy the very occasional ice cream float, so I’m at a crossroads I guess. I believe in my heart that creamy and carbonated can be a combination done correctly, if restraint and precision are exercised.
One of the realest horrors of being an adult is not having caffeine at some point throughout the day and feeling like you will drop dead before the day is over. I’ve bought all types of caffeinated drinks and try to alternate my intake so I don’t get too used to anything store-bought in particular. I never used to drink coffee, until this past winter when I saw an iced coffee slurpee at 7/11. I knew I was doomed. I’m not even sure what the ingredients were, or whether or not actual coffee was even IN it, but I decided to start giving coffee a try.
I had a different recipe scheduled to go up today, but I woke up sweating and have been sweating every moment since then, so this one felt more appropriate. I’ve been experimenting with a lot of different flavor and texture combinations lately, and I’m really pleased with how this treat came out. You read that right... this is a treat!! I know this is supposed to be a beverage blog, but I feel like no one will be upset that I slipped this in here.
Honeybush Caramel Review and Recipe
I’d never had honeybush before now. I wasn’t even clear on exactly what it was, I just had seen the word around a lot in the last few months. This is kinda like when I had never seen rhubarb before and I kept seeing it in the store everywhere all of a sudden and thought, "What the fuck is wrong with that celery?" So I looked it up. I’m allergic to honey (not deathly, it just makes my tongue and face swell. Uncomfortable? Yes. Deadly? No.), so I have to be careful and look into things with honey in the name. I had no idea honeybush was a plant, or that the smell was so sweet and fragrant (hence the name).
I love a bright drink, color and flavor-wise. During the summer, it’s punchy and just feels right, and during the winter it’s even better. Sometimes when the snow is high and the temperatures drop, my mood feels a little happier just by drinking something bold and beautiful. There’s this song called "Sunrise" by Simply Red that makes me feel the same way. I can feel super down and a little sad, but listening to "Sunrise" really perks me up. It’s like a funk song I guess, and has a Hall and Oates sample that makes me want to go to a roller rink and just skate my ass off while I forget anything that’s bothering me. I have a handful of songs that make me feel that way.
I don’t know if every drink I make is going to be somehow linked to a song or album, but for now that’s the train we’re on. I created this drink listening to Blood Orange’s newest, Angel’s Pulse. (full disclosure that before this, I listened to The Webber Sisters’ cover of "The First Cut is the Deepest," which is absolute fire. I’ve listened to The Webber Sisters before, but I never knew they covered that song. I had NO IDEA there were so many different covers of that song??? Did y’all know that???)