Like sports drinks before it, coconut water has quickly infiltrated the shelves of every major supermarket and convenience store, giving America a taste of an actual tropical beverage, instead of just a tropical-flavored one (though, to be fair, their bottles are good for hiding booze). Coconut water provides electrolytes and replenishes lost fluids at a rate equal to that of a sports drink, making it an all-natural alternative to those bottles filled with processed sugar.
But what does it taste like? Is it worth the exorbitant price tag most brands carry? And will one sip transport you to that creepy tropical island in the movie where Leo DiCaprio does sex in a tent with Tilda Swinton? We tasted seven of the major brands' most basic coconut offerings (excluding flavored ones) to find out, but before that, we even made a very scientific hypothesis:
Very Scientific Hypothesis
A high sticker price on something doesn't always equal quality, but paying extra for an organic product like coconut water will result in a more delicious drink experience. The cheap stuff will be grosser. But basically they'll all taste kind of the same, since they mostly have just the one ingredient (um... coconut water, obviously).