Tea posing as juice

And now, for the Trader Joe’s Random Food Product of the Week!
I like to buy my juice at TJ’s. It’s because I believe that most, if not all, their juices are 100% natural, meaning that they don’t contain junk like high fructose corn syrup (although if you believe this Corn Refiners Association commercial, maybe you don’t mind so much).

Here is what it does contain:

An odd collection of ingredients, to be sure. I don’t remember if I read this carefully before I purchased the product. Probably I didn’t. If I had, I might have thought, “Hmm. Most of this stuff might taste pretty good in hot tea. But as a cold juice? Really?

And my instincts would have been right. On the tongue it’s got some lemon and honey notes, and there’s a definite gingery zing, especially in the aftertaste, but combined with the apple and grape juices, it doesn’t work that well.

As an experiment, I heated it up and tried it as a “tea.” Much better! Plop in a cinnamon stick, you’re good to go. Plus, it’s got built-in echinacea, which is my signature cold prevention trick.

Drink this product as a tea when you’ve got the sniffles. Not recommended for breakfast with your toast and cocoa puffs.
Rating: 6 out of 10 Joes. joefoxjoefoxjoefoxjoefoxjoefoxjoefox