What’s The Big Deal About Birch Water?
Everyone from Woman’s way to the Daily Mail and the Evening Standard have been bellowing about birch water for the last few weeks, so naturally we had to get in on the trend. Hailed as the “new” coconut water and labelled a “superdrink”, birch water is set to be the new trend for 2016. We spoke to Buddha Water to find out more.
Q. What is it?
A. It is a lightly sparkling water, which benefits from a refreshing burst of pure, unadulterated Scandinavian birch sap.
Q. What’s with the obsession?
A. With the nation waging a war against sugar – people are prioritizing health and wellbeing and seeking out healthier alternatives to sugary fizzy drinks. Buddha Water is a soft drink which contains no artificial flavourings or sweeteners – just delicately sparkling water, a healthy dash of pure birch sap, and all natural flavours.
Q. Where does it come from?
A. For only two weeks of the year, the usually serene forests of Finland become a bustling hive of activity. Workers are busy tapping the silver birch trees for their precious sap – known for its detoxifying and cleansing properties. Tapping starts in the spring, when the snow melts and fades away, and it stops when the first leaves start to flourish. Crisp and clean, the sap has a slightly sweet taste with a gentle ‘woody’ aroma – a subtle reminder of the forests it came from.
Q. Why should we drink it?
A.As well as a low calorie, refreshing thirst quencher, Buddha Water also comes with an array of other benefits – making it the drink of choice for the health conscious. Birch sap contains saponins, which are said to have powerful cholesterol reducing properties, and it is also considered to have powerful hydrating and detoxifying effects. It is rich in Vitamin C and Potassium, both of which can contribute to helping relax the mind and body, and promoting a sense of calm. Birch sap contains diuretic properties that help flush out unwelcome toxins like uric acid and excess water from the body – no wonder the Scandis are traditionally using it as a beauty tonic for healthy skin and managing unsightly cellulite.
Q. Serving Suggestions?
A. We have had expert mixologists create some tasty mocktail recipes for our birch water drink.
Buddha Seedlip Spritz
Seedlip Non-Alcoholic Spirit
Buddha Water Original 250ml (1 can)
Organic Agave Syrup 5ml
Fresh Slice of Grapefruit, Orange and Kiwi
Add cubed ice into a large wine bowl glass and pour over Seedlip.
Add agave syrup and stir to dissolve.
Top with a can of Buddha Water Original and add fruit slices.
Stir again and serve.
Freshly Squeezed Pineapple Juice 25ml
Coconut Water 50ml
Buddha Water Lemon & Lime 125ml
Add pineapple juice and coconut water to a cocktail shaker ﬁlled with cubed ice.
Strain into a tall glass over cubed ice and gently top with the Buddha Water Lemon & Lime.
Stir and garnish with a pineapple leaf and coconut shavings.
There are 3 flavours of Buddha Water available from The Health Store to choose from – each one with its own ‘karma’.
There’s the incredibly zesty Lemon & Lime or discover the fruity hit of black cherries in the Cherry, or for those that prefer pure and simple, there’s Original with its unexpected appley zing.
See in-store for more details.