August (AKA hell month) is here. If you have lived in China long enough maybe you adopted the Chinese way of fighting the heat – hot tea and spicy soups to get your sweat going. But in case you are an old-fashioned westerner, here are five beverages best drunk cold.
Grapefruit and Honey Tea
I have tried three different brands of grapefruit and honey tea (蜂蜜柚子茶 – fēng mì yòu zi chá) and the one above (天喔茶庄 – tiān wo chá zhuāng) is my absolute favorite. Why? Because the others are too sweet and I finish them more thirsty than I was originally. When you take a bottle of this drink out of the fridge, you hold in your hand the perfect combination of taste and freshness.
Pocari Sweat (宝矿力水特 – bǎo kuàng lì shuǐ tè) is Japanese drink is the Gatoraid of East Asia. Its mild lemony-sour taste encourages you to drink more and stay hydrated all while replenishing your energy supplies. One of the best choices for a day full of outdoor activities.
Fruit Flavored Milk Drink
I don’t exactly know how to describe Wahaha’s Nutri-Express (娃哈哈营养快线 – wā hā hā yíng yǎng kuài xiàn). All I can tell you is that it’s milky-smooth, sweet and that it used to be my daily life-savor after a two hours commute to a remote school where I taught English to Beijing’s naughtiest children. No matter how loud the classroom got, one sip of this drink shut it all out. Also, it’s really good if you’re not only thirsty but also a bit hungry and need something with more substance to keep you going until the next meal. My favorite is the apple one (orange bottle).
Same as the above only it’s not fruit flavored and it doesn’t contain milk. With Vitasoy Soy Milk (维他奶 – wéi tā nǎi) you got your original flavor, vanilla, chocolate and black beans. I usually go for vanilla or original.
At the end of the day, there’s nothing better than water. One bottle of cold water or yì píng bīng shuǐ (一瓶冰水) is probably the most useful phrase to learn.