Sunwink's Incredible Plant-Based Drinks Make You Feel as Good as They Taste
When it comes to finding super sippable beverages, I'm always on the lookout for drinks that do more.
As it turns out, Sunwink is a brand setting out to do precisely that. Their plant-powered drinks are designed to taste great while also supporting wellness, utilizing herbal adaptogens and nootropics, so you can enjoy their benefits while you indulge. I'd been seeing the unique brand all over Instagram, so when a rep from Sunwink reached out to me and asked if I'd be interested in trying their offerings, I was more than eager. And it turns out they live up to all of the hype.
Sunwink's mission is to harness the incredible power of plants and share it with the world using a number of tasty tonics and drink powders as their vessels. Their products are all crafted with clinical herbalists, including adaptogens and nootropics so that their drinks do more than just quench your thirst. Each product was also inspired by a unique individual, and 2% of the proceeds from sales of each flavor go toward a charity of those individuals' choice.
Their carbonated tonics come in 12 oz. bottles, and contain four times the herbs contained in the average herbal tea bag. They come in five flavors and are available in eight-packs for $40 or 12-packs for $48. Their powders include Berry Fruit Punch and Digestion Lemonade, as well as the Berry Calm and Cacao Clarity powders I was sent. The 4.2 oz. cans of powder (containing about 40 servings each) sell individually for $34.90, while two-packs sell for $59.33.
Sunwink's Detox Ginger tonic includes a blend of ginger, burdock and dandelion—all ingredients chosen to stimulate digestion and detoxify the body. The drink itself is nice and bubbly, and a bit gingery without being too strong or spicy. At the same time, it's not quite sweet like a ginger ale. I'd say it's like a seltzer with just a hint of tangy ginger. And while it's hard to say whether drinking one bottle did anything to aid my digestion, my tummy did feel nice and settled after I drank it. Overall, I have to say I'm a fan.
The Immunity Berry tonic combines elderberry, ginger and goji berry in order to recharge the immune system. It's a bit hard to say whether my immunity was boosted at all while drinking this tasty tonic, but I did love the flavor. It was tart and sweet at once, with a rich berry flavor throughout, and I enjoyed it to the very last sip.
As a big fan of turmeric, I was super curious to dig into this Turmeric Recover flavor, and I have to say that I was not disappointed. This tonic incorporates turmeric, ginger and rosemary for circulation support. Again, I don't quite know how you measure circulation support from a beverage, but the taste was another big winner. It was like a bubbly lemonade with the slightest peppery, herbal zing, making it more palatable than other turmeric drinks while leaving me feeling great.
Now here's a tonic that I could judge more aptly, Lemon-Rose Uplift. This one includes ingredients such as hibiscus, lemon balm and rose to boost the mood, and I was in a very good mood after enjoying this beverage. This one was like a very lightly sweetened carbonated lemonade with a slight floral aftertaste, and I couldn't get enough of it.
Hibiscus Mint Unwind
Last but not least was the Hibiscus Mint Unwind, which might have been my favorite flavor of the set. The flavor begins with a blend of sweetness and tartness thanks to the hibiscus, and has a refreshing mint finish that makes it ultra sippable. Its blend of hibiscus, mint and ashwagandha is included to promote relaxation and refreshment, and I did feel a stark change to my stress levels after drinking it down. Surprisingly, it really worked.
After trying all of the Sunwink tonics, their powder blends were a different adventure entirely. I started with the Berry Calm, which includes a blend of lemon balm, ashwagandha and reishi for destressing, and is flavored with hibiscus and blueberry. While the can suggests adding it to plant milks, coffee, smoothies, desserts and baked goods, I've opted to simply add it to cold water, and I've loved it every time.
The berry powder is very fine and mixes well into super cold water, and it has a super delicate, tart berry flavor without a lot of sweetness. It's refreshingly different, and it also doesn't leave a bunch of gunk at the bottom of the glass once you're done drinking it. But most of all, when the can says it promotes calm, it's not exaggerating. Even after drinking just half of a glass, I feel less stressed, calmer and more able to take on whatever the day throws at me. Maybe it's all in my head, but if it works, I can't say I care much.
The Cacao Clarity powder was probably the Sunwink offering I was most excited to try because it was so vastly different from all of the others. This one is made with maca, lion's mane and reishi mushroom for focus and mental clarity, plus cacao and cinnamon for flavor.
I found that this powder had a much tougher time mixing into cold plant milk, with piles of the powder preferring to float at the top of the drink, but that it mixed much more smoothly when the liquid was at least slightly warm. The flavor was not at all sweet, but it did have a great cocoa flavor that's rich and a little bitter. I got even tastier results by mixing it into already sweetened coffees and tea mixtures, though it was quite good all on its own, too.
But most importantly, the resulting drink gives exactly the type of clarity you'd expert from its name. After drinking it, any mind fog seems to evaporate and I'm left feeling focused and ready to take on pretty much any mental task. I've taken to having a spoonful most days, and I probably will continue to do so until I run out.
If you're curious about adaptogens and herbal nootropics, I definitely recommend Sunwink. Their tonics are tasty, with unique flavors, and left me with a spring in my step every time, while their versatile powders work even harder to leave me feeling calm as well as concentrated. Sunwink can get a little pricey, particularly with the single-serve tonics being $4 each at the best price, and their powders selling for $34.90 per can, but it does help that each can contains 40 servings of the stuff. They won't be for everyone, and you shouldn't expect the tonics to taste like soda, or the powders to make something that tastes like chocolate milk, but those who like them will love everything about Sunwink.
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