Gourmet Fare

Sensational Seltzer to Soothe a Sweltering Summer

Two Palms hard seltzer. Photo courtesy Two Palms Artisanal. Handout via The Gourmet Gazette

As the heat heats up, it looks like a good time for a seltzer, a hard seltzer at that, too. Seltzer originated in Germany before taking off in the United States. Carbonated water, it is now taking a new twist in France where Derek O’Neill and Steve Veytia launched Two Palms Artisanal a new hard seltzer brand in the Basque country in the southwest of the land. With an alcohol content of 4.5%, Two Palms offers three refreshing flavors: peach, lemon-lime and mandarin orange-pomegranate (our personal favorite). No sugars added, gluten-free, vegan, along with what more can you ask for in these times, great taste and all the qualities refreshment can offer. Two Palms is a Made in France product and it is made in much the same way as a craft beer, using traditional brewing methods with the malt and barley replaced by champagne sugar and yeast, a neutral yeast. During the fermentation process the sugar is transformed entirely into alcohol. Natural aromas are added for the fruit flavorings. The hard seltzers of the house are brewed under the attentive eye of master brewer Micha Fluck who was trained in the art and craft of brewing in Germany. And now what to enjoy with hard seltzer which can also be savored in a cocktail. Anyone up for a spritz? But with a glass of hard seltzer, we enjoyed fried foods: fried shrimp, fried mozzarelle, fish and chips. But you can go for steamed shellfish, sushi and sashimi as well.
Two Palms is currently available in select stores and eateries in France or from their on-line shop.
©Trish Valicenti for The Gourmet Gazette

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