Summertime is thirsty business, there’s no doubt about it. The heat, the humidity, the cocktails. We don’t want to get dehydrated, that’s for sure. If there’s a fun ruiner, letting our bods get all dried up is it. Believe it or not, though, we’re getting pretty sick of swigging plain old water. Sure, a tall glass of the clear stuff is refreshingly good for us, but it’s also boring with a capital B. The catch? We’re also forcing ourselves to avoid the sugary, high calorie drinks we love. What a waste.

What’s a girl to do? We can add some lemon or other natural infusions to our water. Healthy? Very. But that can get old, too. And coconut water is so last Thursday (plus, it kinda tastes like dirty feet). Good thing we’ve found another option.

Meet Sapsucker Maple Water. Talk about forest-to-table, if you’re into that sort of thing. And what could be more Canadian than maple? (Well, poutine and apologies, but let’s not nitpick.)

Brazen Loves: Sapsucker Maple WaterWe were in love with this drink from the first sip. Slightly sweet and completely refreshing, we think maple water is the next big thing. Harvested in early spring from Ontario maple trees, it’s totally natural. It has a wonderful delicate taste, and at 25 calories per serving, is the definition of life balance.

Why You Need Sapsucker Maple Water

Nutritionally, this stuff is the bomb. It’s got nothing added or removed, is organic, non-GMO and rich in all kinds of minerals, antioxidants, vitamins and amino acids. In fact, you can get your hits of Manganese, Zinc, Magnesium, Potassium, Riboflavin (B2), Calcium, and Thiamin (B1). Plus, it’s got polyphenols that have been shown to stimulate insulin release, making it beneficial for those with diabetes or other metabolic syndromes.

The real excitement—after realizing how good it is for us—is in just how many ways we can drink it. Besides the usual and easy accompaniment for food (like the non-alcoholic feature in your Canada Day BBQ), you can:

  • Freeze in ice cube trays and add to your favourite whiskey or scotch
  • Make an Old Fashioned new by adding a splash of Sapsucker
  • Use to make your simple syrup for a twist on your ordinary sweetener. Add some lemon or rhubarb to the syrup concoction and create the ultimate lemonade. Mix with vodka for a totally Canadian cocktail.
  • Substitute Sapsucker anytime you’d use water: in baking, oatmeal, or even soup!
  • Substitute for plain water when making coffee or tea. Talk about a delightful morning wake-up.

The bonus: if you’re into saving the environment—well, who isn’t?—then you’re going to be happy that Sapsucker is completely sustainable, natural, and renewable. It’s a great alternative to bottled water, and is even packaged in tetra to encourage recycling and fuel-efficient shipping. The producer, Lower Valley Beverage company, is committed to producing a locally sourced product with a low environmental footprint, and it has delivered with this one.

The price: $2.49/250 ml or $4.99/1 L

Where to buy: At retail and farm-to-table locations or online. Visit Sapsucker.ca for a location near you or for online delivery.

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