Maybe you overdid it palancin’ on de parkway during today’s West Indian Carnival in Brooklyn. Maybe you got too much sun on the beach. Or maybe, like Patrick, you’re returning from yet another amazing Caribbean adventure. Either way, getting back into the swing of things at work or school tomorrow following the Labor Day holiday weekend here in the States (and Canada) won’t be easy.
If you need an energy boost to help beat the post-holiday weekend blues, a good idea might be to trek on over to your local West Indian grocery store to pick up a bottle of Plus.
As you can see right on the label, Plus is meant to revitalize you, packed as it is with the same super-sugary “supplements” found in today’s seemingly endless array of popular energy drinks. Unlike many in the popular crowd, though, Plus is no Johnny-come-lately to the energy drink scene.
The good people at Banks (Barbados) Breweries Ltd. have been producing Plus since 1973 utilizing a formula combining malted barley, cane sugar, carbonated water, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) and natural pineapple juice so unique that they went so far as to secure patents for it all over the world.
The initial flavor and body are a bit like a very light beer, though Plus is obviously non-alcoholic. The pineapple comes across strong in the finish, but it’s the consistency of the drink that makes Plus stand out to me.
It’s just so velvety; kind of like honey or some sort of pineapple-flavored carbonated medicine. More soothing on the tongue than refreshing, Plus should only be enjoyed ice-cold.
That may not sound very appealing, I know, but Plus really doesn’t taste that bad. It doesn’t beat Lucozade for me, but as far as energy drinks go, well, I wouldn’t give it a minus…