I have become mildly obsessed with this brand of spicy tea, Prometheus Springs. It’s a cold bottled tea that contains capsaicin, that active ingredient in chili peppers that bring the heat and amps up your metabolism. I was gifted an entire case of this tea, which comes in a variety of flavors, and I have been enjoying them for the past 6 weeks. I have also been bringing them to the office to share, and my coworker, N, is totally obsessed with them. They are sweet with a nice kick at the end, sort of like a cranky bottle of Snapple, if Snapple had feelings and all.
While the tea does contain sugar (organic!), which I normally try to avoid, I still enjoyed them as a treat, and mixed them with spirits instead of my go-to vodka tonic because I am soooo classy like that.
Plus, I dig the values behind the company. The founder has Indian roots, and was inspired by the Ayurvedic principle of food as the fundamental form of medicine. Plus, the company pays homage to the Greek titan known best for his wily intelligence, and for stealing fire from Zeus and gifting it to man. Stealing fire, spicy tea… get it?!
Here are my top flavor picks:
Citrus Cayenne- This spicy sweet flavor reminds me a bit of a fruity salsa. This was my No. 1 flavor. My coworker, N, took a sip and then announced he was going to follow Prometheus Springs on twitter—now that’s some powerful stuff, hah. He then went to Whole Foods to try and find it himself. Another co-worker who tried it said it smelled like fruit but had a surprising kick. I have been mixing it with booze or enjoying it plain over ice. My only qualm with the flavor was that I thought it tasted more like grapefruit than lemon or lime which is what I think of when I think citrus…
Pomegranite Black Pepper- This was my No. 2 pick. It has a somewhat milder level of heat than the other flavors, and the pom flavor is subtle and not overpowering, which I like. “It’s got a great flavor,” said my boss, “but it burns a bit!”
Lychee Wasabi- This level of heat is much different, and it gets that nice heady back-of-the-throat burn like a load of wasabi delivers on top of a creamy avocado roll. Mmm. Definitely a favorite for me.
Spicy Pear- this was the first flavor I tried. I had no idea what I was in for—it was real sweet at first but with a fiery aftershock. Yum!
Mango Chili- A strong mango flavor, which I love, but you gotta be into the mango to get down on this. The spice in this one was a bit mellow, especially after your first couple sips.
Lemon Ginger- I love ginger, and this tea is a nice solid staple, although I found myself unable to finish a whole bottle at once. I kept it in the fridge and enjoyed it over a few days. Super refreshing.
Play around on the Prometheus Springs website to order some tea, find it in stores, or read their awesome mixology suggestions.
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