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I am looking for beverage ideas for my wife's lunch. I know this sounds kinda silly, but we are in a rut here. Some parameters:
Not carbonated.
Not too sweet: most fruit juice is too sweet, but some of the V8-VFusion smoothies are OK, for example.
Not wine or beer (she has to work in the afternoons).
Not iced tea every day. She does not like iced coffee.
Smoothies are too filling and too cold for much of the winter.
Reasonably inexpensive would be good :)

My first thought was making water kefir, and that might be an option, but I'd like to see if anyone has any other ideas.

Thanks for the ideas!

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  1. Herbal teas, hot or iced. Endless variety. Also, make some interesting flavored syrups to add to water, tea, coffee or milk.

    1. Basil lemonade; you can control the sweetness. Or ginger lemonade; ginger-honey-limeade (also good as a hot tea).

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      1. re: DuchessNukem

        That sounds interesting. I'll have to check it out.

      2. I have been taking an insulated mug of flavored or herbal teas that I can drink hot or room temp. For example, today is an apple spice tea that gives the hint of cider without being actually sweet.
        Some days I'll have a lemon tea or hibiscus..the main thing for me is that they must be decaffeinated and calorie free without being artificial. And much as I love my good old black tea, sometimes I want something different - and cheap.

        1. In Canada we have a zero alcohol wine called Vino Zero, a white wine and it is quite good.
          What about a Homemade lemonade?

          1. Water kefir is super versatile- most of the time I do the second ferment with crystalized ginger and dried mango slices but it's so easy to vary that with different dried fruits.

            Is she already drinking water kefir? I wouldn't jump into it as a full glass lunchtime beverage if not since some people need to work their way up from small amounts.

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            1. re: weezieduzzit

              No she is not. We'd clearly need to start small. This is looking like a good choice, though.