Cool Drinks, NY: Turmeric Elixir
The turmeric root used in this drink comes from Hawai'i, but this Turmeric Elixir ($3.99) is blended in the East Village. Don't write it off as a drink for yogis and health freaks; it's delicious stuff, bright with the taste of ginger, spearmint, cardamom, sea salt, and cayenne.
The elixir is spicy with only a touch of sweetness, plus a slight citrus twist. They even blend a vegan version where cinnamon dominates and the honey is swapped out for agave. They claim a bevy of health benefits, but I'd drink this golden beverage even without any.
About the author: Originally from Honolulu, Kathy YL Chan writes A Passion For Food, where she chronicles her eats and travels adventures between Hawai'i, New York and beyond.