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Best Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Coffee and Choco Apr 6, 2009 03:16 PM

What are some of the best non-alcoholic drinks?

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    Maximilien Apr 6, 2009 03:52 PM

    hhmmmm, water ? orange juice ? tea ?

    Or did you have something else in mind ?

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      bulavinaka Apr 6, 2009 05:18 PM

      Ginger _____.

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        BiscuitBoy Apr 7, 2009 06:02 AM

        MaryAnn ____. Grapefruit juice, splash of raspberry seltzer

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          LA Buckeye Fan Apr 7, 2009 04:41 PM

          That's exactly what I thought...ginger beer. With some vodka and lime juice. Oh wait. What?

        2. lucygoosey Apr 6, 2009 05:29 PM

          Homemade lemon or lime ade, homemade soda. Hibiscus as aqua fresca or mixed w/ iced tea or lemonade. Watermelon agua fresca. green/mint iced tea.

          Coffee, but it seems like you're on to that one.

          From the store, I like the GUS brand sodas and the honest tea? brand teas

          1. alixium Apr 6, 2009 05:51 PM

            apple cider
            ginger ale
            spruce beer (biere d'épinette)

            1. CindyJ Apr 6, 2009 06:15 PM

              "Cranfresca" -- cranberry juice and Fresca on the rocks.

              1. kattyeyes Apr 6, 2009 06:57 PM

                Ting (Jamaican grapefruit soda)

                San Pellegrino Aranciata (orange soda)

                Ghirardelli dark and white cocoa (drinking it now--I'm freezing):
                Heat a mug of milk. Add 1 tablespoon Ghirardelli sweet ground chocolate and cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon of their white mocha. A touch of cream or evap milk just makes it better. Sprinkle cinnamon on top.

                Pomegranate blend with water or seltzer.

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                  MakingSense Apr 6, 2009 08:29 PM

                  The entire line of San Pellegrino sodas - Orange, lemon, and lime!
                  I've got 6-packs of all three in the pantry. Great flavor without being sweet.

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                    kattyeyes Apr 6, 2009 08:36 PM

                    I have lemon on hold at the package store. Will have to try the lime, too. The orange is a great mixer but also stands on its own very nicely.

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                      schrutefarms Apr 6, 2009 08:42 PM

                      What about San Bitters?

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                        MakingSense Apr 6, 2009 09:38 PM

                        I think I tried that one too. Great drink. You don't even miss the booze with these.
                        Super over ice, just fine for slow sipping. An excellent alternative to a cocktail.
                        These are NOT soft drinks for kids.
                        Gotta love those Italians, huh?

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                    schrutefarms Apr 6, 2009 07:24 PM

                    Ice tea- I like to make Liptons myself, unsweetened with lemon, or Newmans, which is very sweet, but delicious
                    Bubbly water, pref. lemon flavored
                    Ocean-Spray Cran-Grape (love it!)
                    Peach Snapple

                    I could go on and on....

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                      TampaAurora Apr 6, 2009 07:30 PM

                      Horchata and agua frescas please. Sweet tea, lemonade and Arnold Palmers. Juice spritzers - juices cut with selzter water. Shirley Temple/Roy Rodgers for when you want to feel like a kid who is acting grown up.

                    2. cayjohan Apr 6, 2009 08:47 PM

                      I'm a big iced tea fan (brewed, not sweet), but lately I've been loving using lingonberry concentrate with either still or sparkling water. Just a touch, so it's not cloying. Very refreshing. You can also jazz it up a bit as a nice beverage for guests who prefer to to drink alcohol, but would still like something a little cocktail-y.

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                        meleyna Apr 6, 2009 09:50 PM

                        Diet Coke!

                        And a second to the Orangina.

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                          hangrygirl Apr 7, 2009 01:08 AM

                          I have to second the Diet Coke - although I suspect my affinity for the drink is due to a bit of an addiction.

                          Schweppes Bitter Lemon is also absolutely delicious, but quite "dense", so even better with heaps of ice.

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                            beccabones Apr 7, 2009 07:29 PM

                            Third on the Diet Coke. I'm a total addict for the stuff.

                          2. re: meleyna
                            queencru Apr 7, 2009 10:17 AM

                            Love Orangina.

                            I also really like mint tea- preferably spearmint.

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                            1. jmckee Apr 7, 2009 10:51 AM

                              Iced tea -- preferably Luzianne, sugared when it's hot, with lemon.

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                                blackoak Apr 7, 2009 12:35 PM

                                Ginger beer. At least twice a month I drive into town just to go to the nearest World Market to stock up on whatever odd and different types of ginger beer and ginger ale they have available. However, if you have to have non-alcoholic, make sure you read the labels on the ginger beer. I was suprised recently that one of the brands I picked up showed on the label that it contained alcohol (about the same amount as non-alcoholic beer - .05%). Now if I could just find a retailer that carries spruce beer.

                                1. PegS Apr 7, 2009 12:42 PM

                                  I've really been into cold Korean barley tea lately.

                                  1. jfood Apr 7, 2009 03:26 PM

                                    Jfood favorites include:

                                    - Egg Cream
                                    - Root Beer Float
                                    - Cream soda
                                    - Tropican No-Pulp OJ
                                    - Big glass of water

                                    1. limster Apr 7, 2009 03:38 PM

                                      Tea, in all its infinite varieties. I've always had a soft spot for Tieguanyin (Anxi, Fujian); Pu-erh (Yunnan) cooked or aged versions during colder months, raw or younger versions when it's warmer; single bush phoenix oolongs (Canton); Scarlet Robe/Da4 Hong2 Pao2 (Wuyi, Fujian), but many others are great.

                                      Fresh squeezed fruit juice.

                                      Milk shake, root beer float as a close second in this category.

                                      1. poptart Apr 7, 2009 07:32 PM

                                        kombucha tea
                                        spritzers made with seltzer and unsweetened cherry juice
                                        seltzer with unsweetened cranberry juice and lemon or lime
                                        sparkling apple cider with lingonberry

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                                          bigfellow Apr 8, 2009 04:34 PM

                                          A real chocolate malt. Orangeina.

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