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Okay. Never mind my name for the moment. I've decided to forswear beer and wine with dinner for a little while and I'm looking for a substitute.

I love water but I find it unsatisfying with meals.

Soda, fruit juice, and anything sweet are out.

Tea, coffee, or any variation thereon, caffeinated or not, won't do.

Alcohol-free beer and wine will make me wistful.

Milk? Yeah right.

Any suggestions? Some traditional beverage I haven't thought of? Something non-traditional, the product of a laboratory? I'm willing to disregard Michael Pollan's advice and eat (or drink) something my grandmother wouldn't have recognized as food (or drink).

Thanks in advance.

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  1. We don't drink alcohol in my house, so I can tell you what our main choice is - seltzer. It took me a few days to get used to it, but now I drink it constantly. You can add lime or lemon, if that is acceptable ( I see the "no fruit juice" ) , or a little of any juice for a hint of tast without sweetness. I really just like it by itself, very cold.

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    1. re: elfcook

      I grew up on seltzer. My favorite is Vintage brand, and Poland Spring is pretty good too (different brands do vary a lot). Add a slice of lemon or a thin piece of ginger.

      1. re: elfcook

        Seltzer is great.
        Several years ago I had a service that delivered me a case (6 bottles) of the old time siphon bottle seltzer every week.

        Now an ice cold Pelligrino water seems to satisfy the thirst.

        1. re: latindancer

          I LOVE Pellegrino, no fruit :) It's not cheap but we buy it by the case at Costco at a decent price. It just has a different flavor than any other sparkling or mineral water I've tasted.

          1. re: c oliver

            I love Pellegrino also- one of the best items in Costco. Sometimes we just drink seltzer though.. much cheaper.

            1. What do you drink with your lunch?

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              1. re: Cathy

                Water. But my "lunch", eaten at my desk while I'm still on the clock, hardly merits being called a meal. (Zone bar [see comment re Pollan's dictum], apple, some multigrain chips.) When I'm sitting down to a proper hot dinner I want a proper drink.

                Seltzer is still water and tart lemonade is still fruity.

                I've never tried kvass. Any thoughts on the subject? Though I don't believe it's available even at the epic Whole Foods recently opened in my 'hood.

                1. re: PlonkMan

                  Kvass is usually pretty sweet. The commercial versions, anyway.

                  1. re: DeppityDawg

                    Kvass is what we make from our stale bread (grandma's recipe); it is mildly alcoholic, however.

                  2. re: PlonkMan

                    Kvass is great homemade, but.... interesting when commercially-made. And yes, it can be sweet.