Twelve Six Tasty Sips
Our Mixed Case series serves up an eclectic mix of recent ‘adult beverage’ discoveries.
Whether you’re perusing a bar menu while traveling or stirring up a cocktail at home, let our guide lead to new taste destinations.
By Hope S. Philbrick
Into every grownup’s mouth, some non-alcoholic beverages must fall. Here we round-up six recent product samples we’ve received that are alcohol-free. Even a teetotaler can enjoy this Mixed Case…though we also think these milky treats mix quite nicely into creative cocktails.
Elmhurst Milked is a historic former dairy that switched from producing cow’s milk to exclusively plant-based products. Holy cow! Henry Schwartz made the major change in 2016 and doing so shuttered New York City’s last dairy. Elmhurst had been in his family more than 90 years, but he met food technologist Dr. Cheryl Mitchell, learned about a process she’d developed to liquefy nuts, grains and seeds with no sacrifice in nutrition and no emulsifiers needed, and partnered up. Voila! There are now lots of new tasty milk options for cereal bowls and beyond.
Elmhurst Milked has four flagship products: Milked Cashews, Milked Almonds, Milked Hazelnuts and Milked Walnuts. Six new products were recently introduced:
- Elmhurst Milked Peanuts and Milked Peanuts-Chocolate, the country’s first peanut milk, containing up to 31 peanuts per 8 oz. serving; available in both original and chocolate varieties
- Elmhurst Milked Oats and Elmhurst Milked Brown Rice which contain 20g of whole grains per 8 oz. serving, they are the only beverages on the market to receive a 100% stamp from the Whole grains council.
- Unsweetened Milked Almond and Unsweetened Milked Hazelnut that use only two ingredients: raw nuts and filtered water. Like their sweetened counterparts, they contain the equivalent of 18 almonds or 11 hazelnuts per 8 oz. serving—up to 4 times more nutrients than other leading brands.
We sipped our way through five samples. All are tasty, all have a light mouthfeel that’s less viscous than cow’s milk and several other plant-based alternates. All taste pretty much exactly like the thing that was milked to make them. If you don’t like a specific nut, steer clear of that milk. If you simply adore a specific nut, ready your gullet to guzzle it in liquid form.
Mixed Brown Rice is the sweetest option among the flavors of Elmhurst Milked that we sampled. We especially liked it as the beverage pairing with a meal of Asian food. Retails for approx. $5.99 for 32 oz.
Milked Peanuts tastes like a milk version of peanut butter. Pour a glass alongside chocolate cookies for a match made in culinary heaven. Retails for approx. $5.99 for 32 oz.
Unsweetened Milked Hazelnuts tastes like hazelnuts. Pour some into coffee, on oatmeal or into a cocktail like a White Russian. Retails for approx. $5.99 for 32 oz.
Try this recipe for a White Russian:
1 oz. Elmhurst Milked Hazelnuts
2 oz. vodka
1 oz. coffee liqueur
Fill an 8 oz. glass with ice. Add the coffee liqueur and vodka. Top with Elmhurst Milked Hazelnuts.
Milked Peanuts with Chocolate doesn’t taste quite like a peanut butter cup, perhaps because it’s not overloaded with sugar (which is good from a health point of view). It’s tasty: I drank the whole 32 ounces, though not in one sitting since I have some willpower and it can satisfy cravings for a treat 8 ounces at a time. Retails for approx. $5.99 for 32 oz.
Unsweetened Milked Almonds is a luscious sophisticated version of almond milk. Try it on cereal, in a glass, in a latte, anywhere you routinely use milk. Retails for approx. $4.99 for 32 oz.
Try this recipe for a Blueberry-Lemon Almond Smoothie:
2 cups Elmhurst Milked Almonds
2 cups frozen blueberries
1 tsp. lemon zest
3 Tbsp. agave nectar
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth according to the machine’s directions. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!
Elmhurst Milked is available at Publix, Walmart and other retailers.
Salviana Raw Maguey Sap is billed as a “prebiotic and probiotic functional sweetener made from the sweet and nutrient-rich sap freshly collected from living maguey plants” with “health properties associated with its enzymatically alive sap.” It has up front sweet flavors with a sour finish. It’s sticky like honey and agave syrup but slightly milky and runnier, so can mix more readily into drinks from smoothies to margaritas. Retails for approx. $25; available on Amazon.
Try this recipe for a Salviana Sipper:
3 oz. mezcal
1 oz. salviana raw maguey sap
1 oz. fresh squeezed orange juice
1 oz. fresh squeezed lime juice
Shake all ingredients with ice, strain and pour into an 8 oz. glass filled with ice. Raise a glass to indigenous farmers!
– Photos courtesy product producers; Elmhurst Milked recipes courtesy Elmhurst Milked.
Product samples afford the research opportunity but do not sway opinion.