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Cool Drinks: Runa Iced Guayusa

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We introduced guayusa, the Ecuadorian herbal tea like yerba mate but less bitter, a couple months ago. We dig its grassy, creamy flavor and appreciate the gentle caffeine buzz.

Now Runa, which makes the best dried guayusa leaves I've sampled for hot tea, has begun selling bottled, iced guayusa in four flavors. Each 14 ounce bottle runs 50 calories (the tea is mildly sweetened with cane sugar), and comes in flavors like hibiscus-berry or lemon-lemongrass. Our thoughts:

For some surefire summer refreshers, stick to the traditional and lemon-lemongrass flavors, both of which we'd gladly drink again. Bottles are about $2, give or take for regional differences, and are available around the country but in limited distribution (they're currently in New York and Boston metro area Whole Foods and some organic stores, plus near Denver and Northern California). Check out the Runa store locator to find them near you, or order them online. They should be fully national by the end of the summer.

Note: Samples provided for review.

About the author: Max Falkowitz is the editor of Serious Eats: New York. You can follow him on Twitter at @maxfalkowitz.

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