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Purps Vita Shot

Purps Vita Shot

This is the shot version of the mix that Mike reviewed a while ago. I had anticipated this being harsh and intense, the way most shot drinks are and because the fruits that it is composed of can taste that way in their natural state. I was happily surprised that it actually went down very smooth. It has a little bit of a children’s vitamins taste to it, but in real life fruit way. It’s all natural and you can tell by the taste. All of the grit at the bottom of the bottle also lets you know that it’s natural. Anything artificial would be in trouble with the FDA for having that kind of residue.

Website
http://purps.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Juice, Shot
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on August 24th, 2015
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Salad Power + Mango

Salad Power + Mango

We do a lot of complaining here on Thirsty Dudes about false advertising. There are a good number of companies out there that are trying to pull a fast one on the consumers. Salad Power does not fall into that category. From their name to the statement that is 2.75 servings of vegetables per carton they are dead on. The only ingredients in this Tetra Pak are water, carrot, mango, kale, spinach, tomato, celery, green bell pepper and cucumber (oh and ascorbic acid). It is quite literally a drinkable salad. A commercial for this product could be someone painstakingly putting together a salad so that it looks visually appealing and just when it’s perfect they dump it into a juicer. They would then smile as they are walking out the door drinking it with a straw. It’s salad on the go people.

I like this and I don’t like it at the same time. The concept of it is great, but the problem for me is there are things I eat around in a salad (namely tomato and celery). With this drink I can’t do that and it kind of ruins an otherwise enjoyable juice for me. Let’s be fair though, I am the weirdo in this aspect of my life and most people have no problem with those ingredients. The mango adds a nice sweetness to the liquid salad and makes it like some fancy salad from a nicer restaurant. I don’t even know if that is true, as I rarely if ever go to anywhere except my 4 staples at home. I want to love this. I should love this. You will probably love this. Get healthy. Drink your vegetables. Next time can we just forgo the celery and switch the tomatoes out for beets?

Website
http://www.drinksaladpower.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Juice
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on August 22nd, 2015
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Just Craft Soda Apple and Ginger Flavour

Just Craft Soda Apple and Ginger Flavour

Craft beer has been all the rage for a few years now, and I am ever so pleased that the soda game is moving in that direction. The older I get, the harder it is for me to drink an entire can/bottle of regular soda. I blame the corn syrup, but it’s really just the general sweetness. I’ve grown into an old man who prefers seltzer water over pop in most instances. It’s a strange world I’m in and I don’t think I like it. I actually don’t like much these days. It just happens that this soda is one of the few things that has brought me enjoyment recently. I was on a trip to Canada and I stopped in a grocery store, not expecting to find much and came across a slew of Just Craft Soda flavors. I think each and every one caught my eyes, but there was no way that I could say no to an apple and ginger soda. It was 90+ degrees out and as soon as I walked out into that sweltering heat I popped the cap off of this bottle and melted into a puddle of delicious soda.

I’m shocked that ginger isn’t listed in the ingredients list because from the taste I would have assumed it was one of the main ingredients. I can only assume it falls under the natural flavours (note the spelling). The only other things listed are fruit juice, carbonated water and cane sugar. It’s a simple soda with a big taste. Whenever ginger and apple are mixed it makes me think of the Autumn, which is a great time of year, but saddens me because it’s a reminder that summer is winding down. While I can do without this heat wave I have done a lot of summer activities this year and the thought of an approaching winter is enough to make someone want to give up and move to warmer climates. No matter what the season though I would be thoroughly enjoying this soda. This is like someone’s parents cut up an apple for their lunch and sprinkled a little lemon juice on it to avoid browning and also decided to get fancy and grate a little ginger on it. Man this imaginary kid has the most thoughtful parents. All I got in my lunch was a peanut butter sandwich and some gummy fruits. They totally win, especially because I never got the white Shark Bite.

Website
http://justcraftsoda.com/
Country
Canada
Sweetener
Organic Cane Sugar
Categories
Juice, Soda Pop, Sparkling
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on August 20th, 2015
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Auriganic Auricularia Auricula Hawthorn Berry

Auriganic Auricularia Auricula Hawthorn Berry

"More mushrooms!" screamed Tony. Tony loved mushrooms. He loved all sorts. Chanterelles, Morel, Portobello, Shiitake, Oyster. It didn't matter. Tony had space in his basement dedicated to just mushroom growing. He would eat them as much long as he could get his hands on them.

One day a box came in the mail. It was a box of assorted juices. What made it special is that it was derived from a mushroom. He took one sip and knew it was the drink for him. It didn't taste like mushroom but it did taste like a nice, fruity puree. Sure he would have liked it to just taste like mushrooms but knowing that it came from mushrooms was good enough. It tasted like a dark, sweet berry but was thicker than a regular juice.

He contacted the company, graciously thanked them and hung up the phone and went back into the basement to make a mushroom salad with a side of mushroom dressing. Yeah, Tony was a strange dude but a really healthy dude.

Website
http://auriganic.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Juice
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on August 20th, 2015
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Bing Crisp

Bing Crisp

I’m here to admit to you all that I have a problem with Bing beverages. I absolutely love them, and I drink them far too often. It started with them being on sale, and me justifying buying them by telling myself that it’s not as crazy as most energy drinks, it’s just juice with vitamins, caffeine and ginseng. Next thing I know I’m downing them every other day. I don’t like relying on caffeine. It’s one of the reasons I avoid coffee for the most part. I don’t think I’m quite there yet, but I’m well on my way. My go to drinks are the blackberry and the raspberry ones. When I saw a new apple flavor I knew I had to grab one.

I love apples. I love apple juice. I love apple cider. Something happens when you add sugar and carbonate apple juice that candies it in a weird way that I am not a huge fan of. I’m sure you all know what artificial sour apple flavoring tastes like, and this is halfway between that and a real apple. It’s not horrible, but something about it is a little off to me. I know tons of people who would love this, but it’s just not for me. It’s sweet and that middle ground apple taste overshadows the cherry juice a bit too much. If this were my first time going out with Bing I probably would not ask them out on a second date. As it stands I’ll probably either be seeing Blackberry of Raz in the morning.

Website
http://www.getbinged.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Cane Sugar
Categories
Energy Drink, Juice, Sparkling
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on August 20th, 2015
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Beet Performer Beet Juice with Passion Fruit Juice

Beet Performer Beet Juice with Passion Fruit Juice

Ladies and Gentlemen, I will be the first to admit that beet juice isn’t for everyone. It has a very early taste that borders on it tasting like there was still soil on the beet before it was juiced. It’s also a thick, quasi-pulpy drink and that turns a lot of people off. I for one am a fan. I’ve never had a beet juice that did not taste natural and healthy. I like an earthy taste in my beverage. It makes it feel more real, as if you got it directly from a farm. If you have a problem with beets, then what on Earth are you doing with a beverage called Beet Performer? You’re obviously not going to like it, especially since it only has two ingredients; beetroot juice and passion fruit juice. I know, you’re probably thinking that the passionfruit will overpower the beet flavor, but you are wrong. This is 80% beet. 20% passionfruit, as far as flavor goes. A majority of that is just the sweetness from the passionfruit anyway. I’m a big fan of this. It’s simple, it tastes exactly like it should, and on top of that it’s good for you. Beers are high in nitrates which aid in the delivery of oxygen to muscles and they also aid in cardiovascular wellness. Embrace the beet and the beet will embrace you.

Website
http://www.beetperformer.com
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Juice
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on August 11th, 2015
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Bluewater Farms Farm Fresh Cranberry Grapefruit

Bluewater Farms Farm Fresh Cranberry Grapefruit

If American Pickers has taught me anything, it's the re-definition of "farm fresh." Farm fresh traditionally is associated with food and things like eggs that you get right out of that chicken and milk right out of that cow. For Mike and Frank, "farm fresh" means rusty, dusty and dirty. Sure, it's both right from the farm, but one you would eat and the other you would need a tetanus shot.

Mike and Frank would like this, though. Not only is it self-proclaimed "farm fresh" but, more importantly, it's really good. It's just the right amount of sweetness and I think that although grapefruit overpowers cranberry, they share the stage enough that both their name can be on the bill. Also, there are only four ingredients and you can guess them without me having to name it and that says a lot. They sent this to us but I bet it's not too cheap seeing is that they are using real flavor and no preservatives or flavors or pasteurization. All natural.

I would actually like a count on the amount of tetanus shots Mike and Frank have gotten. Anyone who can get me that number gets a internet-wide congratulations.

Website
http://bluewaterfarms.us/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Sugar
Categories
Juice
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on August 11th, 2015
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Purps Fuel

Purps Fuel

This is my favorite of the Purps line. It is an energy drink that doesn’t taste like a typical energy drink because it doesn’t have all of the chemical garbage in it. Sure it doesn’t give you an unnatural rush, but at least you don’t feel like you are being poisoned while you drink it. Instead of taurine and other artificial garbage the energy boost in this can comes from yerba mate, green tea, guarana and panax ginseng root. It’s all vitamins and caffeine that is found naturally. If that wasn’t enough to sell you the taste is great as well. It is a carbonated yerba mate tea with mangosteen, maqui berry, blueberry, grape, blackberry and acai berry mixed in. It tastes dark and heavy like the purple hue of all of those fruits. At first sip it tastes a bit weird, but once you become acclimated to it, you just want to keep drinking it, even when the can is empty. At least that was my experience with it. It’s been an off day and this beverage is helping me work my way through the haze.

Website
http://purps.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
Organic Evaporated Cane Sugar
Categories
Energy Drink, Iced Tea, Juice
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on August 8th, 2015
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Tsamma Watermelon

Tsamma Watermelon

Oh man, I really feel like a fool. I’m supposed to bring these five watermelons to a party, and my car won’t start. It’s close enough to ride my bike, but there’s no way I could carry all of these melons. Sure I could probably do one, possibly even two, but five? No way. Wait, I know, my roommate just got a juicer. I’ll mash these things down into a functional size and I’m sure it will be ridiculously refreshing and the hit of the party. I can carry two gallon jugs, no problem.

Wow, this juicer is great, that took maybe five minutes. Sure It would take me about 20 to clean the juicer, but I’m sure no one will think I’m a bad roommate if I just left it dripping on the counter (here’s a secret, I would be a terrible person if I did that). This made way less juice than I expected. Five melons gave me less than one gallon. Oh well, at least it will be easy to carry on my bike. I should round it out with this white grape juice and pomegranate juice just to make it a full gallon. I should also taste it to make sure it’s okay. Wow, adding those juices didn’t really do much flavor-wise. This tastes exactly like concentrated down watermelon, and it even has a little bit of texture to it. It’s way less watery than I had expected. I guess those other juices did add a sweetness to this, that is borderline harsh, but this is going to blow everyone’s mind at the party. This is the perfect drink for sitting in the blazing sun with people that you don’t really want to talk to, but feel obligated to. I think I reinvented summer.

Website
http://tsammajuice.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Juice
Rating
4/5
Reviewed By
Jason Draper on August 5th, 2015
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Pickle Juice Sport Original

Pickle Juice Sport Original

There is a phrase in my industry that is awful called "it is what it is." It's basically a way of saying, "It sucks but we're fine with it." This, though. This truly and sadly "is what it is."

This is pickle juice. This is only pickle juice. This is exclusively pickle juice. I don't know what I expected. I thought that it might be...different. It's not. It's just pickle juice. What did I give it such an average rating? Well because I love pickles. I don't know if this brine would make a high quality pickle. I've been living with an increasingly pregnant girlfriend who has been stereotypically craving pickles which I'm more than cool with. I mean, they're a wonderful food that you can do wonders with. This seems like it would make pretty average pickles. Hence, an average rating.

There have been scientific studies that have shown that pickle juice helps with muscle cramping, so this at least serves a purpose. I expect to see all of those pro athletes out there downing pickle juice instead of Gatorade. Just imagine how the coach would smell after the team dumped a cooler of pickle juice on him when they won the big game. I hope someone brings plain chips to go along with it.

Website
http://www.goldenpicklejuice.com/
Country
United States
Sweetener
No Sugar Added
Categories
Juice
Rating
3/5
Reviewed By
Mike Literman on August 4th, 2015
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