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The beet latte at Bluestone Lane. (Ben Hider). We drink coffee to give us the will to start our day; wine to recover from it. We turn to wellness drinks for any number of other supposed benefits: endurance or soothed muscles, hangover relief or beauty, to name a few. Such drinks are generally pretty — dazzling swirls of fuchsia and algae-like blue-green — and pretty confusing. (Surely bentonite clay belongs in the ground, not in our cups?) The most popular kinds trade alcohol, caffeine and sugar for a recipe that’s more natural and, the logic goes, healthy. Whether these drinks live up to their claims, however, is mostly anecdotal. Here’s a look at the promises and ingredients poured into five local options Full story

25 March