Prometheus Springs is a relatively new organic soft drink that's arguably the spiciest beverage to ever hit the market. The heat generator is capsaicin -- derived from the namesake chili pepper and loaded with antioxidants. Founder Rahul Panchal, a believer in the ayurvedic principle of food as medicine, claims capsaicin "boosts your metabolism and elevates your mood by releasing endorphins for a happy healthy high". I don't know that I got a high from drinking Prometheus' Lychee Wasabi drink first thing the other morning, but it sure did wake me up. "It's not for the timid or the weak," says Panchal.
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Other flavors are Pomegranate Black Pepper and Lemon Ginger, the last seeming a bit milder than the other two. I think all three taste great, and can also attest that they work fantastically well as cocktail mixers -- although adding alcohol admittedly undercuts the ayurvedic cred a bit.
Prometheus Springs is being sold for $2.49 apiece at the Whole Foods in South Beach, and goes for about the same at Apple A Day on Alton Road. Stock is low at the latter, but the owner is ordering more. I should note that I received my sampling of the three flavors for free. Lest you suspect that this has somehow tilted my opinion favorably, let me assure you that I would never taint my integrity, which I hold so dear to my heart, for a measly $7.50. In fact, I would probably insist on at least twice that much.