Monday, June 23, 2008

Weekend Assignment: What Are You Drinking?

Karen, at Outpost Mavarin, provides the weekend assignments. This week she wants to know "What are you drinking?" People ask me that a lot. I don't know why.
Weekend Assignment #221: What do you like to drink? Do you prefer Coke, or Pepsi, or neither? Do you start your days at Starbucks, or end your days with a nice cup of herbal tea? Are you a connoisseur of beer, or do you like to keep a pitcher of lemonade on hand? Do you carry a bottle of water around, and refill it as you go? Tell us about your favorites!

My drink of choice is usually that old Southern specialty, ice-cold sweet tea. I drink it all the time -- day or night, winter or summer. I much prefer the homemade variety, but will occasionally drink a bottle of Lipton or Nestea, a poor substitute.

I probably average one or two soft drinks per day -- usually a Coca-Cola or a Dr. Pepper. I don't care for Pepsi too much; it's too sweet. I'd rather drink one of those generic colas. Occasionally, I'll get a wild hair and drink something really outrageous like a Mountain Dew or a Fanta Orange.

I drink a lot of coffee when the weather is cooler, but only have a rare cup to stay awake or to wake up during the hot months. Starbucks is a very rare indulgence. It's sort of obscene to pay four or five dollars for a cup of coffee.

Bottled water is one of the biggest scams ever perpetrated on the American consumer. They're getting people to pay good money for something that they can get out of the tap for just pennies. Occasionally, I'll drink a bottle of water, then refill it out of the nearest water fountain.

Alcohol is not really my drug of choice. I don't care too much for the taste, the effect on my mental processes, and the way it makes me feel the next morning. I might have a mixed drink on a very rare occasion. If I do drink, I like Scotch on the rocks. I don't drink beer very much, but when I do, I'm a snob about it. I think most Americans drink beer that is too weak and too cold. Give me something dark, preferably an ale or a stout and serve it too me close to room temperature.

Extra Credit: Have you ever invented your own drink sensation?
The closest I've come to inventing a drink is flavoring my homemade sweet tea. You can get those packets of flavored tea at your local supermarket. When brewing tea, I'll sometimes substitute one or two of those flavored tea bags, usually mint or cinnamon, for the regular tea bags. Mmmm! Good!

I read recently that Dr. Pepper used to have an ad campaign back in the 1940s or 1950s to convince people to drink it hot. Not room temperature hot, hot coffee hot. Heated up on the stove. I think I might try that when the weather starts turning cooler again.


Karen Funk Blocher said...

I didn't grow up ever hearing the term "sweet tea," but suddenly it seems to be everywhere, like a regional term gone global. It makes perfect sense; "iced tea" doesn't really convey whether it's sweetened or not.

I think Julie may have a bit of old Dr. Pepper advertising about drinking it hot. She definitely has some Dr. Pepper memorabilia of some sort.

Kiva said...

Hot Dr. Pepper! That brings back memories. Some friends and I were "petal-pushers" for the Rose Parade floats. We were working late at night on a float next to the Dr. Pepper float in a warehouse that had no heating. The Dr. Pepper folk came by and brought us cups of steaming Dr. Pepper. That was so delicious and sooooo warm. I don't know what we would have done without it!