3 Memorable Drinks for Memorial Day

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The sun’s out, the pool’s open and it’s the perfect time for a cool drink to celebrate Memorial Day. Start your celebrations with three of our favorite recipes!

  1. Southern Breeze

For this refreshing summer spritzer, you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 7 cups of water
  • 2 liters of Canada Dry Ginger Ale
  • 1 46-ounce pineapple juice can
  • 1 6-ounce lemonade concentrate can
  • 1 blue raspberry lemonade mix packet

Make flavored ice cubes with your blue raspberry lemonade mix and lemonade concentrate. Add to your mixed pineapple juice and ginger ale drink and then serve. This recipe makes enough for 12 people.

  1. Lime Fizz

This simple, citrusy recipe serves four. Here’s what you need to make it:

  • Ice
  • 1 cup of lime simple syrup
  • Half a cup of fresh lime juice
  • 3 and a half cups of Seagram’s Club Soda

Just douse your crushed ice with lime juice and lime simple syrup. Add two-thirds of a cup of vodka for an adult drink. Stir in your club soda and serve.

  1. Honey-Basil Lemonade

For this relaxing drink, you’ll need:

To make, simply mix your lemonade, honey, basil and salt in a blender and then strain. Add in water, top with basil leaves and then serve with ice — it makes enough for four.

Drink to Memorial Day

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The Ultimate Guide to New York City’s Mouthwatering Bagels

Ask any New Yorker where the best New York bagels are, and chances are you’ll hear 8 million different responses. Here’s our take on the best bagels in New York City.

New York City Bagels

Ess-a-Bagel

Eat late and plan to skip lunch, because a bagel from Ess-a-Bagel is a meal and a half — at least. Go in the morning and get the everything, not toasted. Get a schmear of salmon cream cheese and a Kenya AA coffee, black. You’re welcome.

Zabar’s

Zabar’s bagels are delicious, and while you’re at Zabar’s try everything else. Plan for an hour of smelling ridiculously good food, and wander around and gape at all the kitchen gadgets you’ll never, ever need. Can’t stand the temptation? Order for home delivery.

H&H

The original and best, the H&H of the west side is no longer around — unless you’re talking about the new H&H in midtown. Featuring a comparatively diminutive size and an appealingly large center, these soft and crusty treats are delicious plain and toasted. You can order from us for delivery, too!

Barney Greengrass

Nothing beats a New York City deli, and Barney Greengrass is a classic Upper West Side institution. Go a little crazy and have an egg sandwich on a bagel for breakfast, or opt for roast beef and raw onion at lunch. The “everything” is the New York City bagel, but onion and sesame are popular choices, too.

Bagel Pub

Can’t make it into Manhattan for a bagel? Prefer your carbs with an outer borough flavor? Head to the Bagel Pub, Time Out New York’s pick for second-best bagel in the city. Big and sweet and chewy, this Park Slope destination is a surefire winner.

It’s New York, You Really Can’t Go Wrong

Ultimately, the worst New York bagel is better than other cities’ bagels every day of the week. The bottom line? Avoid toasting fresh bagels, and always add lemon juice, chopped tomato and onion, and capers to a lox bagel. Good morning, New York!

15 Fun Easter Basket Ideas for Kids

Easter basket ideas for kids

Are you tired of filling Easter baskets with the same old, same old every year? If the usual plastic grass, fake eggs and jellybeans no longer have that “wow” effect on you and your kids, it’s time to get creative and try something new.

If you’re interested in switching things up, you may be wondering how to make a great Easter basket, and what to put in kids’ Easter baskets. Don’t worry, though, because we have you covered. Some unique Easter basket ideas are provided below:

  • Nutty Basket: Every parent wants his or her children to grow up healthy. You can really drive this point home by putting together a basket of nuts for one of your children, with the idea being you want your child to grow up to be a health nut.
  • Book Basket: Does your child like to read? Why not put some books you know your little one will enjoy in a basket for Easter morning? You can include a handmade bookmark and a reading light to liven the basket up even more.
  • Arts & Crafts Basket: If your children like arts and crafts, you can fill their Easter baskets with the supplies they’ll need to make something really neat. You can include scissors, colored paper, chalk, markers, notebooks and more. The list of Easter basket fillers is nearly endless for this kind of basket.
  • Beauty Basket: Can you think of any girl, young or old, who wouldn’t love to wake up to a basket filled with beauty items? You can include nail polish, lip gloss, a new hairbrush, colorful hair ties and age-appropriate makeup in a beauty basket your child will love.
  • Bath Basket: If your little one likes spending time in the tub, consider putting together a basket filled with bath products. Your basket can include different bubble baths, scented soaps, a luffa and even a rubber duck.
  • Garden Basket: Why not put together a basket that will inspire your kids to take an interest in gardening? You can arrange some seed packets, a paintable planter and some kid-friendly gardening tools to make your garden basket especially festive.
  • Sports Basket: If your kids like sports, you can create baskets based on their favorite activities. There are a lot of fun things to put in an Easter basket that are sports-related, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box with this kind of basket.
  • Team Basket: Do your children have a favorite sports team? Pick up some team merchandise and use it to create an attention-grabbing basket.
  • Movie Basket: If your kids are fans of a movie franchise such as “Star Wars,” “Star Trek,” or “Harry Potter,” you can get them a set of the movies they love and put them in their baskets. Throw in a few bags of microwavable popcorn and a couple boxes of candy and it’ll be just like a night at the theater on Easter evening.
  • Cooking Basket: If you have a young chef in your house, you may want to put together a basket that reflects your child’s interest in cooking. An apron, hand towels and even a chef’s hat are just a few of the ingredients you can use to spice up this type of basket.
  • Science Basket: You can get a microscope, a few petri dishes and a lab coat to jazz up an Easter basket for your little scientist.
  • Doll Basket: If your children like to play with dolls, such as Barbie, you may want to create a Barbie-themed basket that includes a new doll and all of the accessories Barbie will need to have a fabulous Easter.
  • Career Basket: Making a career basket is one of our favorite non-candy Easter basket ideas, because it demonstrates your support for your kids’ ambitions. If your kids already know what they want to be when they grow up, you can make a basket for each of your children based on the careers they’re hoping to pursue.
  • Dinosaur Basket: For the pint-sized paleontologist in your home, you can put together a basket that’s all about dinosaurs. You can even include some miniature excavation tools your little one can use to try to find dinosaur bones in the backyard.
  • Beverage Basket: You can create baskets that feature your kids’ favorite beverages, which can be as thirst-quenching as they are visually appealing. For all of the drinks you’ll need to make the perfect Easter baskets, contact Beverage Universe today.

St. Patrick’s Day Drinks That Aren’t Beer

St. Patrick's day beer alternatives Who doesn’t like a cool, refreshing beer on St. Patrick’s Day? While beer may be the drink of choice for many revelers, you have a lot of options if you’re looking for a new beverage you can serve to your guests that will keep up the holiday spirit.

Here are some creative drink ideas for your St. Patrick’s Day celebration:

  • Green Margaritas: Simply add green juice to your next batch of margaritas and you’ve converted the drink into one that’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day! Adding some juice from your nearest health food store is a great way to infuse something healthy into your holiday party, too.
  • Green Sangria: When you search for a green sangria recipe, you’ll see a lot of them simply call for you to add green fruit to your concoction. While that’s easy enough to do, you might want to take your batch of sangria up a notch. You can do this by mixing white wine and blue curacao to make a drink that’s really green, instead of one that simply has something green in it.
  • Green Mojitos: What do honeydew, cucumber and mint have in common? They can be combined to make the perfect green mojito to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! A mint mojito is the perfect drink for people who are too young to drink and for those who don’t want alcohol, because this beverage is yummy without the rum.
  • Green Smoothies: If you’re not going to serve alcohol at your St. Patrick’s Day bash, why not set up a smoothie bar? With kale, spinach and a host of other green ingredients readily available in your local grocery store, you won’t have any trouble making smoothies that are in keeping with the theme of your get-together.
  • Green Punch: What’s a party without punch? You don’t have to find out at your gathering, because making green punch takes less than five minutes. Simply combine some lemon-lime drink mix, sugar, pineapple juice, thawed frozen lemonade concentrate and ginger ale and voila! You have a tasty punch you can serve with or without vodka.

If you want non-alcoholic beverages that will make your St. Patrick’s Day unforgettable, place an order with Beverage Universe, the world’s largest online beverage store.

Five Types of Tea and Their Health Benefits

Types of tea and health benefitsAre you looking for a healthy alternative to coffee for your morning pick-me-up? If so, you should become familiar with tea. Many different kinds of teas have caffeine in them, just like coffee does. But while that’s the case, there are also lots of teas that don’t have caffeine in them. In fact, some teas are specifically crafted to lull you to sleep.

In addition to giving you a jolt of energy or helping you fall asleep, some teas provide meaningful health benefits. You may be wondering why different teas are good for you, and the answer is that certain brews contain antioxidants that can fight free radicals, which can cause cancer, heart disease and other maladies.

With teas being powerful tools you can use to ward off disease, we thought it would be a good idea to provide some information about the health benefits of different types of teas — information you can use when you place your next order with Beverage Universe. Here’s a brief list of some different types of teas and their health benefits:

  • Green Tea: This tasty tea is made using steamed tea leaves. Green tea is loaded with EGCG, a potent antioxidant. Given its considerable concentration of EGCG, green tea can protect you from bladder, breast, lung, stomach, pancreatic and colorectal cancer. It can also reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
  • Black Tea: With around 40 milligrams of caffeine per cup, black tea is a great pick-me-up when you need a boost of energy. In addition to caffeine, this tea contains thearubigins and theaflavins — two antioxidants which can lower your cholesterol levels. Drinking black tea has another benefit: consuming at least three cups per day can lower your risk of a stroke by more than 20 percent.
  • Lemon Ginger Tea: If you’re curious about herbal tea benefits, consider the following: one study revealed that this tea can kill the bacteria responsible for salmonella.
  • Chamomile: One of the healthiest kinds of tea, chamomile is an ancient remedy that can help stop the growth of cancer cells and prevent the side effects of diabetes, such as blindness.
  • Echinacea: This tea is known for fighting illnesses such as the common cold. It’s also a strong defense against infections when consumed daily for at least four months.

Ready to get started? Contact Beverage Universe today and find out why we’re considered the largest online beverage warehouse.

Share the Love With These Handmade Valentine’s Gift Ideas!

handmade valentine's day giftsWhat’s your favorite holiday? Even for individuals who aren’t in a romantic relationship, Valentine’s Day is a great time to show the people in your life how special they are. Shopping for friends and family members can get expensive, however. To stay within budget, you can make at least a few gifts using supplies you may already have in your home.

One gift that’s a hit with young children, as well as those who are young at heart, is love slime. Pick up a few small Valentine’s Day plastic containers from the nearest dollar store to deliver your slime in, so you can fill them as you go.

To make the slime, combine red glitter glue and 1-1/2 cups of very warm water in a bowl and mix them together. In a second bowl, mix three-quarters of a teaspoon of borax and 1-1/3 cups of very warm water. Once you’ve mixed both bowls, combine them and mix well. If your slime is too sticky or runny, mix a smidge of borax in some water and add it to your slime until it has the consistency you want. To really show off your creative side, consider adding a scent, such as chocolate extract, to your holiday slime.

If you want to make your gifts, but slime isn’t your cup of tea, here are some more gift ideas that are sure to put a smile on the faces of your loved ones:

  • Love Rocks: Collect rocks of all different shapes and sizes and then seal them. Once your sealant has dried, decorate the rocks with brightly colored hearts. A love rock is a great Valentine’s Day gift to show the gardener in your life you care.
  • Lemon Drop Jars: If you have a lot of people on your gift list, consider making affordable lemon drop jars. Buy enough mason jars for everyone on your list and enough lemon drops to fill all of the jars. For a personal touch, handwrite little notes that read, “Pucker Up, Valentine!” and attach one to each jar using colorful string.
  • Decorative Beverage Carriers: If you’re going to give multi-pack beverages as a gift, you can decorate the carrier to make your gift even more festive. You can wrap the exterior of the carrier with wrapping paper, add a bow and attach a handwritten note to completely transform your gift from store-bought to from-the-heart.

If you’re looking for that perfect gift for someone special who has it all, shop with Beverage Universe. We specialize in hard-to-find brands that are sure to surprise your loved one and show you went the extra mile. Place your order now and we’ll deliver right to your door.

10 Tasty Twists on Hot Chocolate

twists on hot chocolate recipes There really isn’t anything quite like coming in from the cold and enjoying a warm cup of hot cocoa. While instant hot chocolate alone is enough of a treat for most of us, sometimes it’s nice to switch things up a bit.

Use one of these tasty twists to make your next cup of hot chocolate even more indulgent:

  • Coffee: If you enjoy coffee, why not add some fresh or instant coffee to your next cup of hot chocolate? Adding a shot of coffee or espresso will not only add something new to your hot cocoa, it’ll also give you an extra boost to get through the chilly afternoon.
  • Peppermint: Adding a peppermint stick to your hot chocolate will elevate your drink to the next level of tastiness. This is a great option any time, but it’s particularly satisfying when you have a cold.
  • Almond: Want to add a flavor that’s a perfect complement to hot chocolate? Consider using a quarter-cup of almond milk or some almond extract next time you make hot cocoa. To make your beverage even tastier, add some cinnamon and nutmeg, as well.
  • Peanut Butter: What’s better than peanut butter and chocolate? If you love this combination of flavors, add a tablespoon of peanut butter to your hot cocoa for a tasty treat. Just be sure you mix your drink enough for the peanut butter to melt before you indulge.
  • Nutella: If you don’t have any peanut butter, stir a spoonful or two of Nutella into your hot chocolate to make your beverage extra special.
  • Coconut: While you’re busy dreaming about being on the beach in the middle of winter, you can conjure up images of a tropical retreat simply by adding a quarter-cup of coconut milk to your hot cocoa.
  • Cherries: If you enjoy a chocolate cordial from time to time, pick up a jar of maraschino cherries and add a drop (or two … or three) of the juice to your hot chocolate to recreate the beverage you love.
  • Hot Sauce: Take your hot cocoa to the next level by adding a few dashes of your favorite hot sauce. Out of hot sauce? Consider using two slices of a fresh Habanero pepper to add an extra kick to your hot cocoa.
  • Vanilla: Add a quarter-teaspoon of vanilla extract to create a pleasing twist on your hot chocolate.
  • Ice Cream: Make your next cup of hot cocoa extra luscious and filling by adding a scoop of your favorite ice cream.

With so many possible twists on hot chocolate, it’s clear the hot beverage is one of the most versatile and pleasing cold weather drinks. Offering a wide array of hard to find brands, Beverage Universe is versatile enough to deliver the products you need right to your doorstep, including some hard-to-find brands.

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Seven Tips to Stay Hydrated in the Winter

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When it’s hot outside, what’s the first thing you do when you go indoors? If you’re like many people, you grab a cool drink of water — the more ice, the better. While many people are keenly aware of the need to stay hydrated during the summer, a lot of individuals don’t have the same appreciation for the importance of staying hydrated in winter.

Why is that? During colder weather, your body doesn’t normally get as hot as it does when you move around, and the sweat you generate when you do exert energy evaporates faster. This combination tricks our bodies into thinking we’re not losing fluids as quickly as we are during the summer.

Because our bodies are fooled, it’s important for our minds to be aware of the dangers of dehydration in winter. Here are some useful tips you can use to stay hydrated in wintertime:

  • Warm It Up: One way you can stay hydrated is by enjoying some warm beverages, like hot water with lemon or green tea. Drinking these beverages will do more than keep you warm — it will also help you consume the eight glasses of water the average adult is supposed to drink daily.
  • Eat It: If you’re looking for advice on how to stay hydrated when it’s cold out, food may not be the first thing that comes to mind. While that may be the case, certain foods, such as broccoli, strawberries and celery, have a high water content. Eating foods like these can help you stay hydrated.
  • Avoid Caffeine: Part of knowing how to stay hydrated in the winter is recognizing the beverages you should avoid. Caffeinated drinks, such as coffee and soda, can cause you to become dehydrated. Limiting your intake of caffeinated drinks or avoiding them altogether during the winter can keep you hydrated.
  • Say “No” to Alcohol: Like caffeine, alcohol can have a negative influence on your hydration level, so it’s advisable to just say “no” when it comes to drinks that have alcohol in them.
  • Use a Humidifier: Humidifiers release moisture into the air, which can help you stay hydrated in wintertime.
  • Go Outside: Heated homes and offices are often dry environments. Simply going outside will let the moisture in the air hydrate your body.
  • Eat Properly: Salty foods can rob moisture from your body. Avoiding salty, processed foods can help you maintain the proper level of hydration.

Beverage Universe can help you stay hydrated year-round! Contact us to have the beverages you need to stay healthy delivered right to your door, today.

7 Realistic New Year Resolutions You Should Actually Fulfill

Lose weight. Drink less. Read more. If you’re tired of failing at your top New Years resolutions year after year, it’s time to get real. Try setting goals for the new year that are more realistic instead, and you might be surprised at the results. Here are seven New Year’s resolution ideas.

New Years Resolution Ideas

1. Cook More, Order Less

If you wonder how to lose weight in the New Year every January but making major changes just becomes too overwhelming, try small steps. Eating out frequently is a major cause of weight gain. Make cutting back less painful by bringing in lunch just one day a week — aim for Monday, which stinks anyway, and comes after two days where you presumably can find 10 minutes to pack a lunch.

2. Drink Water Everyday

New York has amazing tap water, so why aren’t you drinking it? Wake up and immediately drink a full 16 ounces of water. Have more before lunch, again at 3 o’clock, and the last before dinner. Not only will it fill you up before mealtime, you may find you lose a couple of pounds of water weight and fulfill your New Year resolution for weight loss. It also helps your complexion and reduces puffy eyes. Can’t stomach tap? Order bottled for home delivery instead.

3. Take the Stairs

Eating smarter and moving more usually makes for happy results. If making more workout time isn’t possible, get exercise in where you can. Get off a stop early and walk the remaining blocks. Hike the stairs instead of waiting for the elevator. Skip the cab and hoof it instead. Every step counts, so start now — after investing in comfortable shoes.

4. Say No

Did you know the stress hormone cortisol keeps the pounds packed on? Practice saying no. No to hosting the Halloween party again. No to running that big PTA fundraiser. No to the project that’s really better suited for someone else, anyway. Give yourself some free mental space, and you’ll be surprised at how much better you feel.

5. Call Your Family Every Week

Until you’re a parent you have no idea how much you can love another human being — and how much it hurts when that person ignores you. Mend fences with your family and stay in touch every week, even if it’s just for a few minutes. You’ll feel good and so will they.

6. Cut the Cream and Sugar

What’s an easy and cheap way to cut back on calories, which is easier than you think? Cut the cream and sugar out of your coffee. Just give it a try — it will probably only take a couple of days for you to get used to the taste, and you’ll love it! The downside? You’re about to become a huge coffee snob.

7. Visit a New Museum Once a Season

Now that you’ve taken care of your body, your mind and your relationships, it’s time to boost your appreciation for culture. Visit a museum once a season, and appreciate the rich cultural resource that’s unmistakably NYC.

Hard to Find Beverages

Hard to Find BeveragesYou’ll never forget that moment — the moment when your new favorite beverage crossed your lips and tickled your taste buds. Maybe it was a specialty soda you discovered on vacation. Maybe it was a soda that was popular but suddenly slowed in distribution. Whatever the reason, life just isn’t the same when you fall in love with hard to find beverages.

Or maybe you’re bored of the same old sodas and coffee drinks. What better time than the present to step up your game and try something new in the beverage department? These unique drinks may be difficult to find, but they’re worth the effort thanks to their unique flavors and often healthy ingredient lists. Some even have a great backstory, like the one created by a rocker. But we’ll leave you to uncover the mysteries of these rare gems of the beverage world.

Sodas That Are Difficult to Find

You can walk into any supermarket or convenience store and find the classics: Coke, Pepsi, 7-Up. But those hard to find soda brands aren’t as easy to just buy off the shelf. Sometimes it’s a regional thing. A soda that is readily available in one part of the country is never seen in another, for example. Others simply come from a small company with limited distribution options or brands only sold in certain specialty stores. Often you need a retailer who specializes in those rare soda brands. Beverage Universe serves all parts of the country, so geographical barriers aren’t an issue.

So what type of sodas are you missing out on? Here are a few that you won’t likely find on the shelves of your chain supermarket:

  • Tab: Do we really need to say anything else? It’s a classic cola that you likely drank at least occasionally as a child. Readily available in the 70s, you would be hard-pressed to find Tab soda on the shelves these days. Fortunately, the distinctive cola flavor of Tab has not gone the way of the dinosaurs just yet. While difficult to find, it’s still possible to enjoy this soda right from the can. Stock up for your next 70s throwback party, or just keep it on hand so you can travel back in time to the days of your youth with a sip of soda. A case of Tab cans is definitely a conversation starter.

Hard to Find Beverages

  • JOIA: With no refined sugars, preservatives or caffeine, this is a healthier soda option if ever there was one. Born out of a conversation over dinner with friends, the creators tested more than 100 recipes before they got it right with the six available flavors: Blackberry; Pomegranate and Ginger; Ginger; Apricot and Allspice; Grapefruit; Chamomile and Cardamom; Lime; Hibiscus and Clove; Orange; Jasmine and Nutmeg; and Pineapple, Coconut and Nutmeg. And the name? That comes from the joy folks experience when they taste the flavors of this delightfully bubbly soda.
  • Baladin: This elusive soda also boasts a rather healthy list of ingredients. The Italian manufacturer of Baladin soda uses wholesome ingredients without coloring or preservatives. Designed to take the drinker back in time with the flavors and aromas of childhood, Baladin comes in Cedrata, Spuma Nera, Ginger and Cola flavors.
  • Manhattan Special: Part soda, part espresso, this beverage breaks category restrictions. But we’ll group it with the other sodas because it’s called espresso soda. If you’ve never heard of it before, we’re sure we have your attention now. Manhattan Special Espresso Soda went into production all the way back in 1895. The company hand brews the finest coffee beans and combines them with pure cane sugar to create a beverage like nothing you’ve tasted before (unless, of course, you’ve already sipped a Manhattan Special). If you prefer, the diet version uses NutraSweet in place of the sugar so you can enjoy the same coffee flavor without the calories. For those who prefer a more traditional flavor of soda, Manhattan Special also produces Cherry, Gassosa Lemon Lime, Orange, Sarsaparilla and Vanilla Cream flavors. And for the coffee-drinkers who don’t want the fizz of soda, Manhattan Special has a new line of iced coffee drinks available in Cappuccino, Mocha, French Vanilla and Hazelnut flavors.
  • San Pellegrino: The name may sound familiar. Known as a high-quality sparkling mineral water, San Pellegrino also offers a line of sparkling sodas in assorted flavors. Available in both cans and bottles, you’ll find flavors such as Sparkling Lemon, Pomegranate and Orange, Blood Orange and Clementine Orange. We always say you can’t judge a beverage by its container, but these San Pellegrino bottles and cans are actually pretty darn adorable, so you’ll look great while sipping these sodas.

Sodas That Are Gone but Not Forgotten

Surge. Orbitz. Kick. Slice. Crystal Pepsi. Let’s have a moment of silence for all of the discontinued sodas of the past. They may no longer be available, but we all have special memories of a Kick-fueled all-nighter. Or drinking an ice cold can of Slice at Grandma’s house. Or trying to figure out the mystery of Orbitz. What exactly were those oddly suspended balls in the sweet liquid?

There’s no use crying over spilled milk (or long-lost soda), but you can come close on some accounts. If Kick or Surge was your vice years ago, you can still sip on the sweet flavor of Mountain Dew or Mellow Yellow. For all those Slice fans out there, try the crisp lemon-lime fizziness of Sprite, Sierra Mist or 7-Up. For those who favored the Mandarin Orange flavor of Slice, you’ll find Crush and Sunkist are suitable stand-ins.

We know nothing can replace your discontinued favorites, but these modern-day substitutes give you a little taste of the past while you reminisce.

Tea for Two and Coffee, Too

If soda isn’t your thing, you may enjoy some rare drinks from the tea and coffee families. With or without caffeine, tea and coffee drinks get your day going on the right foot — or keep you going when you hit that afternoon slump. Here are a few teas and coffees you won’t find just anywhere:

  • Taste Nirvana: The name says it all. With both coffee and tea latte options, Taste Nirvana combines the rich flavor of coffee or tea with smooth cream in a Thai-inspired drink. Made without gluten, GMOs, additives and preservatives, Taste Nirvana products leave you feeling good about what you drink.
  • Honest Tea: It started with a man on a quest for drink that was flavorful but not too sweet. Together with a former professor, the thirsty man named Seth Goldman filled that void in the market with Honest Tea. This all-natural brand, made from actual tea leaves rather than the leftover tea dust used by many companies, inspired its own name by being an honest and healthy drink option for consumers. With flavors like Black Forest Berry, Cinnamon Sunrise and Citrus Spice, this tea definitely has options to fit any taste.

Hard to Find Beverages

Fizzy (or Still) Water to Quench Your Thirst

Water from the tap just won’t do for you. No, ma’am (or sir). You want the good stuff. We’re talking delightfully fizzy imported Italian waters or flavorful seltzers straight from the can. Think all fizzy waters are the same? You won’t after you read how some of these waters make it to your table. Consider these rare finds that might make you rethink your choice in fizzy waters.

  • San Pellegrino: You never have to guess what you’ll get when you a bottle of San Pellegrino Mineral Water. It comes from a thermal spring in the Italian Alps that is often called “miraculous.” Who doesn’t want to drink a miracle? The spring water filters through 2,200 feet of earth before it is bottled and enjoyed. The flavor and mineral balance in San Pellegrino makes its flavor well-known and highly sought after, but not always easy to find.

Hard to Find Beverages

  • Rocchetta: Another Italian favorite, Rocchetta is a fan favorite that is often difficult to find on the shelves. Available in both still and sparkling varieties, Rocchetta has a pure, light flavor with a cleansing effect to get rid of impurities in the body. This mineral water comes in both plastic and glass bottle. Still or sparkling. Plastic or glass. How will you ever decide?
  • Badoit: This sparkling mineral water hails from Saint-Galmier, France. (You were going to guess Italy, weren’t you?) The natural fizz in this water happens as the water travels through granite rocks and subterranean gas deposits. How cool is that? It makes a great story when you serve Badoit to your guests. Beyond the fun story about how it gets its bubbles, Badoit is noteworthy for its ability to soothe digestion with a reputation that reaches back to 1778. In fact, it was sold only by pharmacists until 1954. There’s definitely something in the water with this rare brand.
  • Schweppes: You’ve probably heard the name before, but how often do you see this seltzer water in a can? Chances are, it’s not very often. The canned variety of this popular seltzer water is often difficult to find. With no calories, fat, sugar, carbs or caffeine, a can of Schweppes is not a bad way to satisfy your flavored beverage cravings. Some of the flavors you’ll find in a can (if you’re lucky) include Black Cherry, Orange, Pomegranate and Raspberry Lime.
  • Penta: If you want fast hydration, you want Penta water. This water goes through a 13-step process to make sure you get the hydration you need. The filtration and purification process takes 11 hours to complete. What do you get after all those steps? You get smaller water clusters that are easier for your body to absorb. As exciting as that is, this ultra-hydrating drinking water isn’t always easy to find. We recommend stocking up so you never have to worry about dehydration.

And All Those Other Rare Beverages

Some rare beverages don’t fit neatly into a category or they stand out as the top dog in their respective categories so much so that we can’t even come up with another contender. Here, we highlight a few of the greats that don’t fit into previously mentioned categories:

  • SIN: The name sounds scandalous, but there’s no need to shy away from this energy drink. Unlike other dime-a-dozen energy drinks on the market, SIN uses a blend of premium ingredients for a sophisticated, sugar-free, flavor-rich beverage for those times when you need a boost. Drink it straight up or mixed with your favorite liquor for an adult-only twist on this high-end energy drink. Not only does SIN source its water responsibly from the Austrian Alps, but the company also puts a high priority on making their cans recyclable to reduce their carbon footprint. So you don’t have to feel guilty about indulging in this SIN.
  • Snapple: Of course you can find some varieties of Snapple in almost any store, but certain flavors are rare finds. Noni Berry and Trop-A-Rocka are two examples. If you’re a Bret Michaels fan (and let’s be honest, who isn’t?), you’ll definitely want to seek out the Trop-A-Rocka flavor. He created it as part of “Celebrity Apprentice,” and the flavor caught on, but it’s not always easy to find. It comes in diet, and that was no coincidence. As someone who lives with diabetes, Michaels wanted others to be able to enjoy a flavorful drink. The Snapple Noni Berry flavor is also a rare find on many store shelves, much like the noni berry itself. Harvest this flavor of Snapple when you can find it.

Hard to Find Beverages

  • Gosling’s Ginger Beer: Don’t let the name fool you. This beverage is more of a soda than an actual beer, but don’t let that stop you from having a little fun with Gosling’s Ginger Beer. We’ve heard it tastes great with rum if you want to add a kick to it. In fact, it was created as a mixer for Dark ‘n Stormy cocktails by Gosling, makers of Gosling rum. But that shouldn’t stop you from sipping this spicy and sweet ginger beer on its own if that’s what you prefer. Far be it for us to tell you how to enjoy your rare beverages. Gosling’s Ginger Beer also comes in a diet version with no calories if you prefer to sip without the guilt.

Satisfy Your Rare Sipping Desires

While we can’t resurrect Slice, Crystal Pepsi or other out-of-production beverages, Beverage Universe does know how to work a little magic when it comes to hard to find drinks. We specialize in beverages that aren’t readily available on the shelf. We can fill all of your beverage needs — no need to run to several stores, tracking down your favorite drinks.

But with so many one-of-a-kind beverages that you aren’t used to seeing, how will you decide? It can be a tough decision. And while we’ve tried our hand at mind reading, it didn’t turn out so well. We do offer featured products on our home page if you’re not sure where to start. We also offer reviews so you can see what other people are saying if you’re still not sure. If you have a general beverage type in mind, the category options are a good way to start browsing.

If you know exactly what you’re looking for, the search function gets you there fast. And for those beverages you can’t stand to be without, we offer repeat ordering. Once you place a specific order, you can have it delivered as often as you want.

From sodas and sparkling waters to ginger beer and coffee drinks, Beverage Universe is the world’s largest online beverage warehouse ready to serve all your beverage needs.