The Canned Sparkling Tea I’m Drinking All Summer Long
If the drinks you find at the grocery store were Pokémon, I would be Ash Ketchum, because I’m on an endless quest to try them all. My thirst for beverages of all types is unquenchable. There’s not a kombucha flavor, nut milk, or sparkling water that I wouldn’t want to try at least once. Maybe twice. Okay, fine, probably many, many times.
Just like other people get hyped up for the “song of the summer,” I’m excited about finding my summer sip. Lucky for me, it wasn’t that hard to find. Aperol Spritzs are dear to my heart, and I’ll never say no to a crisp lager when it’s hot out, but the drink you’ll find me crushing on in 2020 is the sparkling tea from Minna.
I have to be real: Canned teas can be hit or miss. Sometimes they’re too sweet, other times too bitter. And in a sea of other beverages to choose from at the grocery store, I don’t usually go for canned tea — I’d rather just make my own at home. But! But. Minna is one of the exceptions. It’s ever-so-lightly effervescent and tastes like iced tea in its most scrumptious form, but ramped up a little. Their Citrus Black Tea, for example, is black tea blended with orange peel extract and mango flavor — it’s subtle, but it’s juicy.
Spilling the Tea on Minna
Minna was started by Ryan Fortwendel, a former Marc Jacobs exec (which probably helps explain why the cans are so gorgeous). Minna means “everybody,” and the brand donates 1% of their sales to various companies that promote inclusion (for June, that’s NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund). The sparkling teas are organic and made with no sugar or added sweeteners. You can buy the teas through their site or on Amazon.
But Which Tea Should You Start with First?
Right now there are four flavors to choose from: Lime Hibiscus Tea, Tropical Green Tea, Citrus Black Tea, and the brand-new Cherry Cacao Green Tea. I’ve tried them all, and they are all winners in my heart, but if I had to choose a favorite, it would probably be the Lime Hibiscus Tea. It’s delightfully refreshing, and the lime flavor tastes like, well, lime. It’s not that fake- flavor you might experience with other drinks.
My second favorite is their new flavor, Cherry Cacao Green Tea. The fruit flavor is a little bit stronger than the others, but it’s not overpowering. It reminds of cherry cola, but without the sugar (so: really, really good).
Buy now: Minna Organic Sparkling Tea Variety Pack, $30 for a 12 Pack
There you have it: the drink of the summer. You can find me walking around my neighborhood attempting to sneak small sips of Tropical Green Tea while wearing my face mask. Summer 2020 might not look like I imagined, but at least there’s this.