Something to Drink
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.
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.
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.