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A drink for a non-drinker?

Miri1 Dec 30, 2010 10:06 AM

For her birthday. my friend wants to go to a bar for drinks. She and the others in our group, while not hard core drinkers, can handle serious alcohol. I usually have a soda or cranberry juice when I go with them. However, for this birthday outing, I agreed to have ONE drink. I'm not against alcohol. I can handle a little. I'll usually have a sip of somene's drink, or a little wine when it's around. I just don't like the taste. So I'm turning to those in the know: what should I drink when I go to my friend's birthday party? I'd prefer something that won't taste like alcohol...something fruity, perhaps? Any advice?


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  1. boredough RE: Miri1 Dec 30, 2010 10:24 AM

    How about a Kir ? The crème de cassis should disguise the alcohol (white wine, usually Aligotė) enough for your taste.

    1. Pylon RE: Miri1 Dec 30, 2010 12:40 PM

      I'd go with an Amaretto Sour. Better yet, an Amaretto stone sour. It's a mix of Amaretto, sour mix and orange juice in equal amounts (plus a cherry on top).

      Kinda sweet, kinda tart. Not too strong, and not "alocholy." Used to be my drink of choice before I learned to drink. (No offense meant, of course.)

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        shaja RE: Pylon Dec 30, 2010 12:58 PM

        Two hands up to second the nomination for an Amaretto Stone Sour. I hate the taste of alcohol, and wine makes me break out. Amaretto Stone Sours are my go-to social drink. I like them when they put the drink in a blender with crushed ice. You'll taste tangy orange juice (and you can't beat the Vitamin C).

        Another idea. Maybe the bar would have champagne. A nice dry one is kinda like very potent sparkling water (champagne lovers, don't be offended by the analogy; best I can do as a non-drinker who will drink champagne) . Since it's a birthday, a bottle would be a festive choice that you can share with the group.

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        TooLooseLaTrek RE: Miri1 Dec 30, 2010 01:39 PM

        Since you like cranberry juice,why not just add some vodka which is distilled to be flavorless.It's called a Cap Cod or Cape Codder,but most people just order it as a vodka and cranberry.You could specify a vodka brand such as Ketel One and cranberry, Grey Goose and cranberry,etc.

        1. EvergreenDan RE: Miri1 Dec 31, 2010 04:41 AM

          Amaretto seems like a good idea. If you don't like that, then maybe Kahlua and milk? Very low in alcohol, tastes like a coffee milk. Not the most festive... Or a tiki drink, such as a Mai Tai or Pina Colada?

          OTOH, it seems silly to be forced to drink when you don't want to. When I haven't wanted to drink, I've had soda water, Angostura bitters (not very bitter, more spicy, high in alcohol, but they only use a couple of dashes), and lemon. It is a sophisticated drink, looks pretty, and has essentially no alcohol.

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            pthaloearth RE: Miri1 Dec 31, 2010 05:20 AM

            Is it really that you like no alcohol or have you just not tried many? What have you already attempted that you ended up not liking?

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