Recently I was asked if I would like to try maple water. If I’m completely honest, I’d never heard of it, but I was intrigued. Coconut water, on the other hand, I was well aware of and had tried, and thought was ok (apart from when they handed out strawberry flavoured coconut water at the end of a 5K colour run I took part in – the least thirst quenching drink ever!!)
DRINKmaple are the creators of said maple water and the faces behind the brand are Katie and Jeff. It was after racing an Iron Man in Quebec that they came up with the idea.
Native Americans and North American explorers first began tapping maple water hundreds of years ago. So what is so good about this drink, that made this health and fitness conscious pair want to bring it to market?
It contains less sugar than coconut water.
It contains more manganese than a cup of kale.
It contains nutrients including antioxidants, prebiotics, minerals and electrolytes.
It provides natural hydration.
It is gluten-free, dairy-free and suitable for vegans.
So overall, pretty good for you, right? I had always associated maple with the syrup that you pour over your pancakes, or in some parts of the world, over chicken and waffles! So what would it be like to drink? Perhaps rather unsurprisingly, it tasted very much like maple syrup. I don’t know what I was expecting as that seems fairly obvious, but I always assumed that the flavours/additives put into syrup would take away the natural taste of the maple. DRINKmaple looks like water but the maple makes it incredibly sweet. I drank it on my way into work and it was refreshing, but I couldn’t drink a lot of it in one go, as it’s a bit too sweet for my tastebuds. Having said that, as I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, I don’t drink enough water and I’m often dehydrated, so anything that encourages me to get water down my throat is a good thing. And this certainly seems like a healthy way of doing so!
You might be wondering how they collect the maple water. Throughout winter, the sap in maple trees collects nutrients from the soil. By spring, the sap starts to run, delivering nutrients and vitality to the tree. It’s at this point that DRINKmaple collect the sap straight from maple trees. In this sustainable tapping process, no trees are harmed. You can watch their video here. As a business, they’re also doing good things in other ways. They have pledged that for every bottle of DRINKmaple sold, they will provide 200 gallons of clean drinking water to a country in need.
As you can see from the photos, DRINKmaple comes in three sizes; a large carton, a standard drink-size bottle and a small carton.
If you’d like to try it out for yourself, it’s stocked at Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Harrods, Partridges, Wholefoods, Planet Organic and will soon be coming to Ocado. You can also find out more and buy it on their website here. They have lots of great recipes on there for cocktails and smoothies you can make using their maple water.
I was sent samples of DRINKmaple for review purposes by Spring PR but did not receive any payment. All views are my own.