The Clever Root

Spring 2018

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Clever Pantry 1 6 | t h e c l e v e r r o o t OUR FAVORITE CARBONATED DRINKS AND ACCESSORIES ARE PERFECT FOR SPRING Gettin' Fizzy with It SPRING HAS ARRIVED, and bubbles are officially on my mind. The effervescence of carbonated beverag- es—be it water, soda, or a carbonated cocktail—reminds me of hanging out on the beach, brunch al fresco, and my favorite pairing of sparkling rosé and cold fried chicken (just trust me). In the spirit of these airy drinks, we're sharing a few recommendations to shake up your refreshment routine this season. Wild Tonic Jun Kombucha All-natural products and fermentation are two of the hottest trends in the food and beverage indus- try, so it makes sense that kombucha—the fermented probiotic drink seen clutched in the grasp of every yogi—is having a serious moment right now. Tons of brands seem to be hopping on the bandwagon, but Wild Tonic Jun Kombucha sets itself apart by pushing beyond the "health drink" boundaries—although with its Certified Organic fruits, herbs, and botanicals, it has that market locked down, too—by instead making a name for itself in mixology. On its website, Wild Tonic provides recipes for a Wild Jun Tropicolada, a Piña Colada made with its Tropical Turmeric Kombucha, or a Boochy Maria, a Bloody Maria made with the Cilantro Ginger Lime Kombu- cha. There are 12 other flavors of alcoholic and non-alcoholic Wild Tonic available, from Blackberry Mint to Chai Pear, and each is built to outlast the fermented fad no matter how you drink them. Riedel Vinum Extreme Rosé Provence Glasses and Veritas New World Pinot Noir Glasses To me, springtime means fresh asparagus and strawberries, picnics, and my favorite wine: rosé. The crowd-pleasing category has proven it's drinkable all year round, so Riedel—the king of fancy stemware—now offers two new glasses to serve as the perfect vessels for your rose-hued libations. Ideal for elevating the fruity aromas and flavors of rosé, the Vinum Extreme Rosé Provence Glass' narrow diamond shape is designed specifically for enhancing younger wines. The Veritas New World Pinot Noir Glass, meanwhile, serves a dual purpose: You can pour reds in the winter and sparkling rosés and blanc de noirs in the warmer months. The full body shape allows the wine to aerate in the glass, while its tulip lip concentrates the aromas of sparkling wines. Whether your preference is sparkling or still rosé, these glasses ensure you'll spend the season sipping them in style. $69/two glasses, Drinkmate Spritzer Hello, my name is Jesse and I'm a seltzer- holic. I can drink three cans of LaCroix during the day, and still go through a couple bottles of seltzer when I get home. While this addic- tion means I'm always hydrated, it's also not environmentally-conscious to go through all those single-use cans and bottles. Fortunately, I was able to get my hands on a complete gamechanger: the Drinkmate Spritzer. It's small and portable, so now you can find me merrily carbonating bottles of water in the comfort of my office. You can recycle the carbon dioxide cannisters and the water bottles are reusable, which com- pletely eliminates the guilt factor. And the best part? Unlike other devices that only process water, you can carbon- ate any beverage with the Spritzer. Making sparkling lemonade, experimenting with cocktails, and even re-carbonating flat soda or beer are all possibilities I've explored. Stay- ing hydrated and environmentally-friendly has never tasted so good (or been this fizzy)! $90, ■cr by Jesse Hom-Dawson

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