Bottoms Up for Green Drinks

Here’s another opportunity to mix and mingle with green minded DC folks. May’s Green Drinks event will be held on Tuesday May 12 at Left Bank (2424 18th Street) from 6:30-9.

This month’s speaker is Steve Ma, President and GEO of Live Green, an organization that helps make living green in the DC area more affordable by providing discounts to local green business and services.

ZipCars, Tranquil Space Yoga, HoleCo Medi Spa, Sticky Fingers Bakery, and Flow Yoga are just a few of the businesses that have signed up as “Green Spots,” and offer all sorts of discounts to Live Green members. Little Devils from Sticky Fingers…here I come!

Organic Tea Time

The cold beverage choices available today are astounding. You’ve got your old standbys (bottled water, fizzy water, seltzer, soda, and mass-marketed iced-teas like Snapple and Lipton) as well as a bevvy of “natural” options including juices, smoothies, and Kombucha. But rarely do you find a company in our very own backyard that makes 100% organic drinks. Enter Tizane, a DC-based company founded by Charlie and Nona Pucciariello a little less than a year ago.

After traveling to more than 90 countries, the Pucciariellos returned to the U.S. and were amazed to discover that they weren’t able to find botanical-infused beverages that were similar to what they had enjoyed during their travels. And so, a company was born.

The focus of the Tizane line is on purity, flavor, and balance. Each blend–Jasmine, Hibiscus, and Lemongrass–is slowly steeped in small batches to bring out the full flavor of high quality botanicals. In addition, the beverages are sweetened with blue agave nectar, which has a lower glycemic rating than sugar and doesn’t elevate insulin levels.

I tried the Hibiscus flavor and found it light and refreshing, as well as pleasantly, but not overly, sweet. At just 80 calories for 12 ounces, it’s also significantly better for the waistline than many other drinks in the non-diet bottled iced tea category.

You can stock up on Tizane at Cowgirl Creamery, Java Green, Sticky Fingers Bakery, and many other local cafes and food establishments in and around DC.