You all know by now what a big fan I am of Herbal Water and I am so pleased that Dr. Ayala took some time to answer a few questions for us!
First I would like to fill you in with a little background. Dr. Ayala is a pediatrician, a mom, lifelong vegetarian and artist. She began making herbal waters at home for her friends and family. They enjoyed them so much that she decided to branch out and share them will all of us and Herbal Water was born.
Out of Dr. Ayala’s creativity has come the most unique and delicious healthy drink alternative that I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. It reminds me of the days when I would get so much enjoyment out of a good glass of wine with a great meal. I equally look forward to my Herbal Water along with my meal and enjoy deciding which flavor will most compliment my dinner each night.
I am so excited that my local Whole Foods is now carrying Herbal Water. I thought that I was going to have withdrawals when our 90 day Herbal Water sponsorship ended, but my favorite Whole Foods did not let me down! However, if they had not started carrying Herbal Water, it is super easy to order online and have it delivered right to your doorstep! They also offer some great deals, so be sure to sign up for their newsletter so that you don’t miss out on them!
I’ve also started recommending it to some of our local restaurants. It would give me such great pleasure to walk into one of my favorite eateries and find Herbal Water on the menu!
Now for some questions and answers with Dr. Ayala!
1) I have always made my own flavored water using lemon, oranges, cucumber etc… but it never crossed my mind to try herbs. What made you first try herbs and what was your first flavor?
I love fresh herbs, and have been growing and using them in food and beverages for many years. Herbs have a high concentration of flavor and aroma molecules, add lots of sophistication and complexity and are naturally virtually calorie free. To me, they seem like the natural choice when looking for flavor and I find they are a little underutilized. I really want to popularize these terrific healthy foods.
The first flavor combination was the lemongrass mint vanilla. It’s a great drink for almost any meal and any activity.
2) Your flavors are so crisp, clean and bold… how do you achieve such a clear herbal taste without any artificial additives?
We use the purest of water and high quality organic herbs. Herbs are wonderful that way—you can achieve full flavor with no aftertaste and no need to add anything.
3) Do you have a flavor that is your own personal favorite?
I love all my children the same. Really
4) Do you have plans to create and introduce more flavors?
Definitely. More flavors and perhaps other sizes too.
5) Can you pinpoint any particular experience that has made the biggest impact on your business?
As a small, young company the word of mouth and grassroots recognition and buzz we got from enthusiastic consumers and bloggers was incredible, and made a huge impact on our ability to get nationwide distribution and be where we’re at today.
6) There are some wonderful recipes on your blog, do you have any that you would share with us? Perhaps one that utilizes Herbal Water?
Lemon, Verbena and Geranium Sorbet
• 2 cups boiling water
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 5-8 leaves of rose geranium* (can be replaced by French tarragon or 1 teaspoon lavender flowers)
• 1 cup lemon juice
• 1 tablespoon minced fresh Lemon Verbena
• ½ teaspoon grated lemon peel (yellow part only)
*Another option is to replace rose geranium with 1 bottle of Ayala’s Herbal Water Lemon Verbena Geranium. If you do this, use just ½ cup of boiling water to melt the sugar.
Stir the sugar and rose geranium leaves in the boiling water until sugar is dissolved. Chill completely. Remove leaves just before making the sorbet.
Add the lemon juice, lemon Verbena and lemon peel.
Freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s directions 25-30 minutes.
If you do not have an ice cream maker you can find alternative directions by clicking here: Sorbets
Additional recipes can be found here:
7) Do you have any upcoming events scheduled where our readers may be able to find and try Herbal Water?
We donate our water to many charitable events, and have in-store tastings often.
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A very special thank you from MommyPR to Dr. Ayala and Herbal Water for sponsoring our 90 Day Health and Fitness Challenge and for taking time to personally answer questions and share with our readers.
We wish you great success in 2010 and you can be sure that I will be doing everything I can to spread the Herbal Water love around Birmingham!
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I was not paid in any form of cash for this posting.
I did receive product or services to keep for my testing purposes from herbalwater.com.
Receiving the products for free did not persuade my personal beliefs or views.