Sophisticatedly sour

Sour plum juice, Taiwan Best Mart

Illustration by Sarah Hansel

During the scorching summer months, families line up for the heaping snow cones at Osaka-Ya. But an equally refreshing, more adult-y, sophisticated treat can be had mere steps away; the sour plum juice, or suanmeitang, at Taiwan Best Mart ($2). As you sip in, your mouth waters with lightly tart, juicy plum flavor, and then you’re hit with a smoky, peaty flavor on the exhale. This beverage is made by boiling smoked plums and rock sugar and is sometimes touted as having health benefits. The clear benefit is access to a surpassingly delicious, cold treat. 2219 10th Street,