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What's your daily non-alcoholic beverage of choice?

fldhkybnva Dec 27, 2013 07:51 PM

What do you drink most often on a daily basis? Water? Lemonade? Iced tea? I always have a drink nearby, most often water usually with splash of lemon or cranberry juice alternated with flavored sparkling water. The day starts with 2 cans of Diet Coke and herbal tea at night. What's are your daily go to drinks of choice?

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    ziggylu RE: fldhkybnva Dec 27, 2013 08:08 PM

    Black coffee or Earl Grey tea with a splash of almond milk in the morning

    Room temperature water(no ice!) the rest of the day.

    Very occasionally either a sparkling water or a glass of unsweentened iced tea with dinner.

    Never soda - diet or otherwise.

    I have very boring beverage tastes. I'm OK with that.

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      fldhkybnva RE: ziggylu Dec 27, 2013 10:08 PM

      I love the no ice water! Well, I don't drink ice in anything and it has to be pretty near room temperature or warmer. It's quite embarrassing when visitors come over and I have no ice or chilled beverages.

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        ziggylu RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 07:41 AM

        We finally have a freezer with a built in ice machine but for years didn't. It was always a bit awkward if I forgot to pick up ice before folks came over! LOL

        I also frequently get odd looks at restaurants asking for water without ice. oh well! I like what I like...!

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          deputygeorgie RE: ziggylu Dec 31, 2013 01:38 AM

          I always feel like I'm making an odd request that somehow creates extra work for someone. It really doesn't but I still feel guilty.

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            fldhkybnva RE: ziggylu Dec 31, 2013 05:35 AM

            Yea the odd looks are quite common. I have to insist I want no ice and room temperature if they have it. Sometimes like at Starbucks with the ice coffee it's already chilled before they even add ice.

      2. Chemicalkinetics RE: fldhkybnva Dec 27, 2013 08:14 PM

        I would LIKE to drink chocolate milk, but in reality, my real daily drink is: water -- pure unfavored water.

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          melpy RE: Chemicalkinetics Dec 28, 2013 03:47 AM

          If only...

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            KrumTx RE: Chemicalkinetics Dec 28, 2013 05:11 PM

            I love Promised Land's Midnight Chocolate milk. Way too many calories to have often, though. I do buy it when I'm sick, and it's so good that it makes being sick not all that bad.

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              Chemicalkinetics RE: KrumTx Dec 28, 2013 05:28 PM

              Sorry for the typo, but thanks for understanding anyway. I do drink chocolate milk when I can, but I probably drink no more than once a week on average.

              <I do buy it when I'm sick, and it's so good that it makes being sick not all that bad.>

              I need to consider that. It does sound like something I would love to have when I am sick.

          2. cookie monster RE: fldhkybnva Dec 27, 2013 08:15 PM

            Earl Grey or English breakfast tea in the morning, a Diet Coke or 2 in the afternoon, and lots and lots of water. I basically never have [non-alcoholic] beverages with calories - I like to eat my calories.

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              deputygeorgie RE: cookie monster Dec 31, 2013 01:41 AM

              I actually realized I was drinking all of my calories awhile back. I completely cut out soda. I started eating SO much more. We realized that instead of eating, I'd fill myself with carbonated soda. Which meant I was getting plenty of calories but almost no vitamins or minerals.

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                cookie monster RE: deputygeorgie Dec 31, 2013 06:29 AM

                Great that you figured that out and made adjustments.

            2. Tripeler RE: fldhkybnva Dec 27, 2013 08:49 PM

              Black coffee.

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                fldhkybnva RE: Tripeler Dec 27, 2013 10:09 PM

                Wow, how did I forget coffee - I start nearly every day with a medium coffee with an extra shot of espresso. When I don't, my brain lets me know with incessant pounding.

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                  melpy RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 03:49 AM

                  The caffeine headache is the main reason I don't indulge in tea or coffee on a regular basis.

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                    fldhkybnva RE: melpy Dec 28, 2013 05:39 AM

                    I broke the habit by accident a few weeks ago. I was awfully sick and didn't want to leave the house and daily store bought coffee is my food allowance since I never eat out lunch. I had a horrible headache for a week on the couch with a stomach virus and now only drink coffee three times a week. I don't notice a difference :)

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                    KrumTx RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 05:12 PM

                    I thought coffee was a given, which is why I didn't mention it:)

                2. sal_acid RE: fldhkybnva Dec 27, 2013 09:52 PM

                  Black coffee till lunch, then diet coke

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                    1. chartreauxx RE: fldhkybnva Dec 27, 2013 10:13 PM

                      plain water (or with lemon or lime or yes), 100% juice (orange-free, allergic), whole milk (raw or regular pasteurized, never ultra-pasteurized), iced herbal tea in summer and hot herbal tea in winter, and pellegrino when i can afford it. i also sometimes drink coconut water, vitamin water/gatorade, sugarcane juice, and the very rare soda or coffee. i try to avoid caffeine as a rule, and i don't react well to diet sweeteners (used to be kind of an addict, can't do it anymore...), so i usually go for water, fruit, milk, or herbal infusions.

                      1. Cheese Boy RE: fldhkybnva Dec 27, 2013 10:38 PM

                        Bottled water, mineral water, and flavored seltzers are all in my daily rotation.
                        Juices and sodas see absolutely no play in my home.

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                          prachishah RE: fldhkybnva Dec 27, 2013 10:48 PM

                          Green tea or black coffee in the early morning. And the whole day goes on lots of plain water. Sometimes in evening i would like to have lemonade.

                          1. linguafood RE: fldhkybnva Dec 27, 2013 11:04 PM

                            Coupla cups o'Joe every morning and another in the late afternoon.

                            A glass of milk with breakfast (if I have one), other than that, it's pretty much water from the soda stream all the way. No flavoring.

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                              tastesgoodwhatisit RE: fldhkybnva Dec 27, 2013 11:10 PM

                              Plain soda water is my default - I try to avoid sweet drinks, and I think sugar free pop tastes disgusting, so I bought a soda stream.

                              Coffee in the morning, with liquid non-dairy creamer (coffee cream is pretty much non existent here).

                              In the winter, tea in the evening - oolong, or hojicha, or peppermint, or one of the Carrefour brand herbal teas (peach-blackcurrent, licorique mint, and honey-lindenflower). In the summer, soda water and lots of Japanese barley tea, plus the occasional iced passion fruit green tea from my favourite tea shop.

                              For alcoholic beverages - the occasional evening beer, or scotch, or hot sake in the winter, or umeshu and soda in the summer.

                              But the plain soda water dominates - I go through about a litre a day in winter, two in summer.

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                                Londonlinda RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 01:52 AM

                                Two cups of tea with milk to start the day. Small flat white or capuccino on the way to work. Cold water from the cooler all day. Mug of tea sometime during the day, usually in a meeting. Diluted cordial in sparkling water with dinner (current fave is lemon and mint). Coffee after dinner. Thinking about this now, it is amazing how little this varies day to day!

                                1. melpy RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 03:47 AM

                                  Water and skim milk. Almost exclusively.

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                                    juster RE: melpy Dec 31, 2013 06:46 AM

                                    Me, too! Exactly. I love skim milk SO much. Plus coffee in the the morning, with coffeemate at home, black elsewhere. I really like some other bevs, and drink them occasionally, but in reality this is the norm.

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                                    treb RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 03:49 AM


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                                      RWCFoodie RE: treb Dec 28, 2013 09:25 PM

                                      Me too, just plain water most of the time...

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                                      BuildingMyBento RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 04:13 AM

                                      Since I don't drink alcohol, well it's still a tough question. Meanwhile, I'm in Jakarta, so the answer is avocado juice with palm sugar.


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                                        512window RE: BuildingMyBento Dec 31, 2013 11:44 AM

                                        A serious question - Avocado makes juice? I would think it would make mush.

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                                        ChiliDude RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 04:19 AM

                                        Black coffee in the morning and again early in the afternoon with no sweetener added.

                                        1. jrvedivici RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 06:36 AM

                                          Coffee black, ice water and about half a tea spoon of olive juice from the olives I put in my martinis!

                                          1. foodieX2 RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 06:49 AM

                                            I start the day with coffee but the rest of the day I drink either plain water or seltzer. My current favorite is polar pink grapefruit but being that I am cheap I usually stock up on Zazz, stop and shops house brand, whenever it is on sale. Since they don't make pink grapefruit I usually pick up lime, lemon or plain. Interestingly I also prefer my water room temp or with a slight chill-no ice!

                                            I dont drink juice or soda. In the summer I might have the occasional unsweetened ice tea. I do love my own minted lemonade but rarely drink it without vodka, lol!

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                                              Harters RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 06:58 AM

                                              Coffee during the day. Water, usually sparkling, with dinner.

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                                                valerie RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 07:43 AM

                                                Coffee with half and half in the morning. Then it's either plain water or Crystal Light iced tea (always at room temp, never with ice!).

                                                With dinner, it's usually Crystal Light iced tea, occasionally Diet Coke. If I'm in a restaurant, it's Diet Coke.

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                                                  amishangst RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 08:25 AM

                                                  Black coffee in the morning (one cup only)
                                                  Water until lunch.
                                                  A can of pop at lunch or mid-afternoon.
                                                  Water until dinner.
                                                  A can of pop at dinner.
                                                  Water until bedtime.

                                                  Pop of choice is Coke Zero, Diet Mountain Dew, or Diet Wild Cherry Pepsi. Occasionally, I'll flavor my water with some variation of those individual powder packets like Crystal Light or the packets of Real Lemon/Lime/Orange/Grapefruit.

                                                  I used to be a big tea drinker, pretty much only like loose teas and my office doesn't have a sink/garbage in close proximity and it just became more hassle than it was worth to constantly clean out my filter. Plus, I have a tendency to get focused on my work and the next thing you know my tea has been steeping for 15-30 minutes and is horribly bitter and lukewarm.

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                                                    tardigrade RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 09:10 AM

                                                    Water, fresh from the tap, for the most part. I'll drink one cup of coffee in the morning, if it's cold and raining I may make a pot of tea My hot weather stapes are iced tea, limeade and lemonade. Every so often my husband and I will split a can of Coke, because while I like the initial hit of caffeine and sugar, I'm finding I no longer like sweet beverages as much as I used to.

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                                                      WishyFish RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 09:11 AM

                                                      I almost never drink plain water...

                                                      On work days I tend to always have some kind of beverage at my desk so my days look like this:

                                                      1-3 cups of coffee with sugar and half and half

                                                      1-4 cups of various teas (typically earl gray or mint), always with sugar, black teas with a bit of cream

                                                      Occasionally a fountain diet Pepsi

                                                      Occasionally water with a Mio added

                                                      On weekends drinking is sporadic. Sometimes a cup of coffee, sometimes ice water if I'm thirsty, sometimes a maharaja chai, sometimes a limeade.

                                                      1. Njchicaa RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 09:23 AM

                                                        Chilled water from the Brita pitcher in the fridge or a Klean Kanteen at work.

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                                                          drsmoke RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 09:23 AM

                                                          Club Soda

                                                          1. SaraAshley RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 10:39 AM

                                                            Black coffee in the morning.
                                                            If it's a work day (M-F) I have water for lunch most days. If it's not a work day, I usually have Diet Coke with lunch.
                                                            For dinner, I always have Diet Coke.
                                                            I always bring a glass of water with me to bed. Obviously, sometimes you just crave water and I always drink some after my work outs, but don't ever measure the amount I consume daily.

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                                                              SilverMoth RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 12:17 PM

                                                              Plain water throughout the day, and 1 cup of tea.

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                                                                Sharuf RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 12:28 PM

                                                                If I'm out for lunch or dinner, I'll order an Arnold Palmer (half iced tea, half lemonade). If I'm at a Thai restaurant, I'll order for sure that lovely orange iced Thai tea with the sweet milky substance in it (evaporated milk?, condensed milk?)

                                                                What I never ever do, is get anything with artificial sweetener. Pheeyeew!

                                                                1. juliejulez RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 12:45 PM

                                                                  Mostly water but I do have 1-2 cans of Diet Coke in the morning. Also in the evenings sometimes I have some of that zero calorie flavored fizzy water. It's a store brand where a 1 liter costs 69 cents... not sure of it's official name. I like the black cherry flavor.

                                                                  1. Uncle Bob RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 01:02 PM

                                                                    Coffee & Chicory in the AM.
                                                                    Water for thirst.
                                                                    Non sweet tea/lemon water with meals.
                                                                    Sometimes Coffee again after supper.
                                                                    Water on the bedside table.

                                                                    1. Cherylptw RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 03:27 PM

                                                                      Two cups of coffee per day: one in the morning and (usually) one after dinner. Water throughout the day. Occasionally a glass of 100% cranberry juice per week and maybe a 16 oz. bottle of ginger ale or some type of club soda or seltzer water. If I go out to dinner, I'll have a unsweetened ice tea.

                                                                      1. tim irvine RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 03:36 PM

                                                                        Afternoon or anytime...water, Clamato, or V-8.
                                                                        Hot summer day, soda with a splash of citrus juice or a ginger ale.
                                                                        Between 3:30 and 4:00...tea
                                                                        Once the sun is over the yardarm alcohol seems to find its way in, except for the very rare late night cocoa (although it might have a dram of orange liqueur).

                                                                        1. tcamp RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 04:30 PM

                                                                          Back coffee, green tea, tap water, sparkling water.

                                                                          1. Ttrockwood RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 04:55 PM

                                                                            Espresso with a splash of almond milk, later dark coffee with splash of soy

                                                                            Seltzer water with lemon, fresh green veggie juice i make (as a snack), decaf chai tea

                                                                            Evenings: approx 2-3xs a week one glass wine, decaf herbal teas, miso broth

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                                                                              KrumTx RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 05:08 PM

                                                                              Unsweetened iced tea with lemon. I go through about two Kong-fulls a day. Has to have lemon, though.

                                                                              1. LMAshton RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 05:17 PM

                                                                                Lemonade or herbal tea.

                                                                                Tap water here tastes too gross for me to handle. We don't buy bottled water - that's just too wasteful. We *never* drink sodas, tea, or coffee.

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                                                                                  sandylc RE: LMAshton Dec 31, 2013 10:17 AM

                                                                                  Our water is bad, too. We rent an RO Filter that dispenses great water at the kitchen sink.

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                                                                                  vttp926 RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 05:34 PM

                                                                                  Usually water or some diet drink. But not always plain water. Sometimes just gotta have a bit of carbonation if I don't have a soda.

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                                                                                    3sheets RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 05:40 PM

                                                                                    A variety of coffee

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                                                                                      sedimental RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 06:07 PM

                                                                                      A cup or two of coffee (half caff) in the morning
                                                                                      Home brewed kombucha
                                                                                      Iced herbal and green teas
                                                                                      Real (brand) no sugar lemon, lime, raspberry drinks

                                                                                      Occasionally I like fake drinks like cascade stevia drinks or sometimes Mio. I can't do sugary drinks much, makes me feel gross and reminds me of koolaid.

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                                                                                        HillJ RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 06:42 PM

                                                                                        Java in the morning
                                                                                        Some sort of fruit juiced midday (today was mango)
                                                                                        Green tea or ginger tea sometimes after dinner
                                                                                        I always have water in the car

                                                                                        1. westsidegal RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 10:14 PM

                                                                                          i fill up individual glass bottles with weak green tea and keep them refrigerated.
                                                                                          during the day i can pull out a bottle at a time and carry it around with me.
                                                                                          the bottles that starbucks uses have a wide enough neck so that they can be effectively cleaned in my dishwasher which makes them ideal for this purpose.

                                                                                          1. JungMann RE: fldhkybnva Dec 28, 2013 10:54 PM

                                                                                            At the office it's nothing but dark roast coffee and water. At home I don't drink caffeine after dinner, though I may treat myself to a cup of Irish breakfast tea if I get home early. Otherwise I rely on the Sodastream to supply me with sparkling water and doogh. I also drink a fair amount of rose water lemonade, sometimes sparkling, but usually still.

                                                                                            1. Atomic76 RE: fldhkybnva Dec 29, 2013 04:00 AM

                                                                                              OJ for breakfast, then it's iced tea the rest of the day.

                                                                                              1. kitchengardengal RE: fldhkybnva Dec 30, 2013 06:10 AM

                                                                                                Half OJ/half water at breakfast.
                                                                                                Unsweetened decaf iced tea to take to work.
                                                                                                Sodastream Fizzy water with no flavors the rest of the afternoon and evening.

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                                                                                                  deputygeorgie RE: fldhkybnva Dec 31, 2013 01:37 AM

                                                                                                  My favorite is either Coke or Dr. Pepper. I try to limit these to meals out or one if I have to go to the store. Can't keep it in the house. Otherwise it's water, occasionally sweet tea. I constantly have tea made but usually the man drinks it.

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                                                                                                    INDIANRIVERFL RE: fldhkybnva Dec 31, 2013 08:08 AM

                                                                                                    Jakob Kronung coffee and tap water.

                                                                                                    1. jmckee RE: fldhkybnva Dec 31, 2013 08:27 AM

                                                                                                      One travel mug of coffee in the car, and one regular cup at work. (Or two regular cups in the library with my wife on weekends.) Then mostly, ice water for the rest of the day.

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                                                                                                        laliz RE: fldhkybnva Dec 31, 2013 09:50 AM

                                                                                                        Sugar free cappaccino in my Bubba travel mug in the a.m.
                                                                                                        then Diet Coke at work
                                                                                                        Crystal Lite (Raspberry Ice) at night

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                                                                                                          4X4 RE: fldhkybnva Dec 31, 2013 09:54 AM

                                                                                                          Usually one cup of coffee with breakfast. Several bottles of water (I fill a bottle from the water fountain) during the day. Seltzer with meals. And occaional drinks of fruit juice or V-8 V-Fusion.

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                                                                                                            sandylc RE: fldhkybnva Dec 31, 2013 10:09 AM

                                                                                                            Water and hot black tea. Done.

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                                                                                                              jpc8015 RE: sandylc Dec 31, 2013 01:45 PM

                                                                                                              Same here. The world's two most popular beverages.

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                                                                                                              Redstickchef RE: fldhkybnva Dec 31, 2013 10:58 AM

                                                                                                              Water, water with cranberry juice, starbucks skinny peppermint mocha or tea either black or green

                                                                                                              1. weezieduzzit RE: fldhkybnva Dec 31, 2013 12:05 PM

                                                                                                                Coffee in the morning, sometimes milk or wine with dinner but water all day long from the time I get up to the time I go to sleep. I drink a ton of water. I grew up in the desert Southwest so it's a deeply rooted habit. I do enjoy hot tea and chai but those are occasional things. I ferment both water and dairy kefir so a little of those each day, too.

                                                                                                                1. YAYME RE: fldhkybnva Jan 1, 2014 05:53 AM

                                                                                                                  Lemonade from a lite lemonade mix. sometimes I have a cup of tea.

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                                                                                                                    Dirtywextraolives RE: fldhkybnva Jan 1, 2014 04:41 PM

                                                                                                                    Freshly ground & brewed strong hot coffee
                                                                                                                    Then I usually switch to water, sometimes sparkling, or cold, unsweetened green tea.

                                                                                                                    1. EWSflash RE: fldhkybnva Jan 1, 2014 05:30 PM

                                                                                                                      Iced tea- plain black or green, preferably mtcha. NO FLAVORINGS AND NO SUGAR. Some lemon in black tea is okay, though.
                                                                                                                      I really hate the iced tea that tastes like Dentyne gum. It does neither product justice.

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                                                                                                                        Jerseygirl111 RE: fldhkybnva Jan 2, 2014 07:56 PM

                                                                                                                        Everyday, 1 cup of coffee, cream-no sugar, in the morning then water or watered down cranberry juice. After dinner ice water. Always iced water in a Tupperware tumbler. OCD much?

                                                                                                                        Occasionally, diet soda, flavored seltzer, English Breakfast tea or hot cocoa or OJ with weekend breakfasts. Milk with cookies or brownies.

                                                                                                                        Summertime: diet lemonade or iced tea, V8.

                                                                                                                        Very rarely, full blown Pepsi. Nectar of the Gods.

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                                                                                                                          latindancer RE: fldhkybnva Jan 3, 2014 08:07 PM

                                                                                                                          Pellegrino with fresh lime…all day long.

                                                                                                                          Champagne with dinner, most nights.

                                                                                                                          1. Caroline1 RE: fldhkybnva Jan 3, 2014 09:12 PM

                                                                                                                            Primary fluid intake: Water! No need for ice, chilled from the refrigerator door is just fine.

                                                                                                                            Coffee: But not just "any old" coffee. For sixty years now, I have started the day with coffee made from freshly ground beans that are not ground until the water is about to boil. For the last decade it has been coffee brewed by the espresso method, a 10 ounce portion, with a nice thick layer of crema on top of my coffee mug, currently being brewed from arabica beans from the Yirgacheffe region of Ethiopia. YES! I admit it. I'm a coffee freak!

                                                                                                                            Carbonation! Either soda water or cans of soda, diet only because I can't handle corn syrups, most especially HFCs.

                                                                                                                            Oh, and teas...! Most often matcha, but I do love the great teas of the world, hand picked leaves, special aging, then to brew it in a special teapot one or two cups at a time and relish the pure flavor. Sadly, with age tea bags are creeping into my life. <sigh> Please, lord, do NOT let the Kuerig curse overtake me!!! (okay, no offense! To each his/her own. Peace!) :-)

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