Keep your fridge stocked with these delectable drinks and you’ll never go thirsty again. The best part? You can pick them up at most leading supermarkets. You’re welcome.
$4.45 per bottle, Available at selected Cold Storage supermarkets, including Jelita and Plaza Singapura.
If you’re a fan of fruit juice or smoothies, you’ll probably like Charlie’s Mango Orange Quencher. If you haven’t already seen the bottles at your local supermarket, Charlie’s does a range of fruit juice blends that are freshly squeezed then pasteurised and bottled. The New Zealand-based beverage brand prides itself on making honest, unadulterated fruit juice not made from concentrate, so you know you’re getting the good stuff here.
There are quite a few different fruity flavours in the range, but the Mango Orange Quencher is one of the better ones because it’s not too sour like the other berry-based blends. It’s not cloyingly sweet either, if you’re worried about that.
The only downside to Charlie’s bottled drinks is that they don’t keep for long (especially once opened), but they’re so good that you’ll probably finish the entire bottle in one sitting anyway.
$2.05, Available at leading supermarkets, including Giant Hypermarket, Cold Storage Jelita and FairPrice Finest at Scotts Square.
I’ve always been a big fan of citrus-flavoured drinks, so you can imagine how pleased I was to discover Marigold’s new Uji Cha drink – a refreshing blend of green tea with hints of yuzu. Marigold actually has a Yuzu Juice Drink that has already been around for sometime, but the Uji Cha is better because it’s not as sweet or tangy.
The website states that the premium green tea leaves were harvested from the “cool, misty hills of Uji, Kyoto” but if we’re being completely honest here…it just tastes like regular green tea. I don’t know, maybe I have peasant tastebuds that can’t detect premium flavours? #sob
In either case, Marigold’s Uji Cha drink is still one of my all-time favourites because the combination of yuzu and green tea is truly quite refreshing. Oh, and have I mentioned how one 100ml serving is only 34 calories? #yassss
$1.95 per can, Available at leading supermarkets.
While we’re on the topic of citrus drinks (can’t help it, I love them so), San Pellegrino has quite a good range of fizzy citrus drinks. Citrus drinks can sometimes be a bit too sour, but San Pellegrino’s Aranciata is just the right amount of sweetness.
San Pellegrino, as you probably know, is one of those atas drink brands you really only see at fancy events or in the homes of the young, hip and fabulous. Because it’s much cooler to whip out a bottle of San Pellegrino instead of…Sarsi or something you know?
Made with Italian oranges (told you it was atas), the Aranciata is no doubt one of the better fizzy citrus drinks available at most supermarkets. Sometimes the taste of fizzy drinks can be somewhat diluted by the bubbles, but the Aranciata has a strong orange flavour with a hint of sweetness to balance out the tartness of the oranges. If you’re in need of an alcoholic drink (we’ve all been there), you can also mix the Aranciata with some (or a lot) of vodka for that extra kick.
$2.20 per bottle, Available at NTUC FairPrice, Giant Hypermarket and selected Cold Storage outlets.
Allswell Plum Water is one of those drinks that only the most aunty of people would know about because…who even thinks about drinking plum water am I right. The drink tastes like a milder version of dried plums (aka kana or seng buay) and yes, I know that doesn’t sound very appealing but its sweet and sour flavour is actually quite pleasant on the palate.
Plum Water is also good for digestion and constipation (I told you it was an aunty drink), but if you want to be cool about it you can say that you’re drinking it to nurse your hangover – Plum Water apparently helps the liver process alcohol and replenish depleted electrolytes as well.
Even if you don’t have any of the ailments above, Allswell Plum Water is still a refreshing drink to have on an especially hot day. Pop in a few slices of fruit, stick in a pretty straw and voilà, you now have an Instaworthy drink in your hands.
AriZona Green Tea is a somewhat elusive beverage brand in Singapore, but you can find it at speciality supermarkets or selected vendors. The price seems to differ among various vendors though, but salad bar Simply Wrapps (at ION Orchard and Raffles City) does sell it for a reasonable price of $3.80 per bottle.
Pinterest-worthy packaging aside, AriZona Green Tea is one of the better tea-based drinks out there. The green tea is mildly sweet with accents of honey, so it does taste quite different from your usual Pokka or Yeo’s.
Oh and the bottle states that it has Ginseng but you can’t really taste it if you ask me. However, that may actually be a good thing since Ginseng can be somewhat of an acquired taste no? Also, I recommend chilling the bottle before drinking because it tastes much better that way.
$3.10 per bottle, Available at leading supermarkets.
Meiji’s Coffee Milk has been on supermarket shelves for as long as I can remember, and it’s probably because they do a pretty good coffee-flavoured milk.
Most off-the-shelf coffee milk can taste watered down, but Meiji’s Coffee Milk has a strong coffee taste. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend drinking a glass of this at night or you’ll probably be wide awake from the caffeine.
Consistency-wise, Meiji’s Coffee Milk is quite creamy and full – none of that watery stuff you get with sub-par brands. Taste-wise, it is a nice blend of milkiness and aromatic coffee flavour, which is actually quite similar to the coffee ice cream from Häagen-Dazs.
$1.45 per bottle, Available at leading supermarkets.
Pokka drinks can sometimes be hit or miss, but their Premium Milk Tea is definitely one of the better milk tea drinks available at the supermarket. Unlike many other bottled milk tea brands, Pokka’s version of the popular drink has a rich tea flavour that is almost on par with the ones you get at bubble tea stores.
The milky drink is supposedly brewed with premium Ceylon tea leaves, which I guess explains the fragrant flavour. Just one whiff of the drink and you can already tell that it has a rich tea flavour.
I personally prefer the drink when it’s chilled, but you can mix it with hot water if you prefer your tea warm. If you want to get fancy, you can also add grass jelly slices (available at most supermarkets) or a scoop of vanilla ice cream for an especially indulgent drink.
$2.30 per bottle, Available at selected supermarkets, including Cold Storage Jelita and Holland Village.
Bundaberg is almost synonymous with ginger beer in Australia, so it’s no surprise that the drink is one of the brand’s best-sellers. Ginger beer can sometimes taste a bit too bitter, but Bundaberg’s version is slightly sweeter with a hint of spice.
Despite its name, Bundaberg’s Ginger Beer is actually non-alcoholic. You can, however, mix it with your alcohol of choice because it works well as a mixer too. If you want a fruity summer drink, try mixing the ginger beer with some fruit slices, mint leaves and orange juice for a refreshing fruit punch.
If all that sounds like too much effort for you, drinking it on its own is equally satisfying as well. Bundaberg also has a Light version (as pictured), which doesn’t taste that different from the Original one, so look out for it if you’re watching your diet.
$1.70 per bottle, Available at selected supermarkets, including Cold Storage Jelita and Holland Village.
I never really knew what Lemon Lime & Bitters was until quite recently (because I’m suaku like that #sorrynotsorry) but it has fast become one of my favourite drinks.
Bickfords Lemon Lime & Bitters first caught my attention because of its pretty pink colour (I mean, just take my money already yo), but I am pleased to report that it is indeed as refreshing as it looks.
Unlike what its name suggests, Bickfords Lemon Lime & Bitters is not very bitter at all. In fact, it’s actually a little sweet, with a crisp citrus aftertaste. The drink can be a bit gassy though, so I usually shake the bottle and let out some of the gas before drinking. I know the purists out there will probably scorn me for doing so, but whatevs. My stomach is sensitive k.