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I like Ginger Ale too.
I have big a long time fan of Ginger ale, as well.
Ginger ale's good for mixing with gin. It's the only worthwhile use for either beverage IMO.
Anyhow, as far as non-alcoholic beverages go...I miss Fanta. Not the crap they serve in the states, I mean the stuff I had when I was over in Europe in 1997. That was the soda of the GODS.
I'd say tonic water is definitely the better carbonated beverage to mix gin with, probably because ginger ale is a tad too sweet.
Gin is definitely more of an acquired taste as far as alcohols go, but once a taste is developed people who make gin Martinis as if they're making vodka martinis will appear to be the Devil himself...
Well, a really shitty version of the Devil. Not the one who runs a nightclub and is probably a martini engineer◊.
People who like ginger ale and want to take it to the next level. Should track down some Cock n Bull Ginger beer. No alcohol, but damn is it a kick of ginger.
For those that do drink the hard stuff, It works well in Moscow Mules, or to utterly destroy the taste of whatever shot of liquor you're having with it. Nice thing to have on hand if you've purchased something that tastes like ass on reflection, but don't want to waste alcohol yet actually want to enjoy what you're drinking.
edited 8th Aug '11 11:08:47 PM by Justice4243
@justice; I've had that brand. I think I tasted ginger for a week.
It really is only a couple steps removed from sweetened ginger pulp.
Which is fine if one REALLY likes ginger.
edited 20th Aug '11 7:04:28 PM by Justice4243
I don't know much about ginger ale, but I love root beer. The best root beer I've ever had is called Tommyknocker and unfortunately I only think they sell it in Colorado. It's got a really mellow honey flavor that I adore. For people who want more of a harsher flavor, Vergil's is a great brand.
I drink milk more than anything else. My absolute favorite beverage is orange juice, though.
As far as soda goes, if it's coming out of a fountain I prefer Dr. Pepper, but if it's the real good glass-bottle type stuff, nothing beats a good root beer.
There's also this "apple beer" soda I get occasionally at the supermarket. It's quite good. The flavor is naturally somewhat reminiscent of apple cider, but richer.
I used to drink 3 liters of cola every day.
Now I drink 3 liters of DIET cola every day.
Cut 1200 calories out of my diet!
I drink 999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 liters of cola every day.
I like ginger ale, but it always makes me feel vaguely queasy. I always drank it when I was sick, so there are some powerful negative associations there.
I'm not too picky about my root beer brand, but I love when it comes in a glass bottle. Why do all sodas taste more delicious from a glass bottle?
As for my favorite tea? Earl Grey. Hot. It's the closest I'll ever get to being captain of the Enterprise, and on top of that it actually tastes pretty good, once you get used to it.
I like hot cider, too, but my all-time favorite hot drink is cocoa. The real stuff, if I can get it, but I'll settle for instant.
Ah, cocoa is excellent any time of the year. All you need is a tin of powder, some milk, a little sugar, a fine dash of salt, some vanilla, and maybe a shot of peppermint, cinnamon, or bitter almond if you want a little extra flavor and aroma. If you're wanting to present it well, a dollop of whipped cream, sifted cocoa powder, and some roasted nibs sprinkled about should work. For Christmas, a stick of peppermint candy also blends into it nicely.
Oh, the virtues of a properly made mug of hot cocoa.
If you get the ratio of cocoa to sugar right, you can get dark hot chocolate.
I want to try mixing hot chocolate with eggnog, but something in the back of my mind is telling me that it's not going to taste as good as I think it will, because eggnog is not milk.
I like gingerbread coca-cola. Why don't they release that to the public?
Ginger beer is the best. I usually go for Reed's or Bundaberg. Reed's is sweeter and has a lovely honey-sweetened option, and Bundaberg's got a nice bite to it. Both have bottles that need up-ended to distribute the lovely, tasty sediment inside.
I only really started drinking root beer in the last few months. I think the only thing I've been able to determine is that I like smooth, creamy root beers more than ones with a bite.
Couldn't hurt to try it once!
edited 6th Dec '11 8:47:24 AM by Bur
I love Reed's, but haven't tried Bundaberg yet.
Anyways, count me in to this teetotaler's club!
EDIT: Oh, somehow I thought it's a coven at first, but oh well...
edited 12th Dec '11 6:57:59 AM by EarlOfSandvich
I'm going to try making Mayan chocolate when I can get to the grocery store. But with baker's chocolate instead of the paste and a tablespoon of vanilla extract instead of the bean. And no peanuts.
When I have the chance,I'm an Irn-Bru kinda guy.
Anyway surprised this isn't in the Covens.
edited 26th Aug '13 6:05:42 PM by terlwyth
I recently realized that a virgin Jack Rose tastes even better than the real thing, so I'll leave this here. Take 3 parts apple juice, 1 part lime juice, and a generous splash of grenadine. Shake and serve with a lot of ice. If you don't mind your drink being a rather fetching shade of irridescent pink, it's a good thing to have in your pocket to order when you're out at a bar with your non-teetotaler friends and want to order something besides soda.
Actually, I honestly just prefer to drink milk or water. However, I do enjoy a can of root beer every now and again. I prefer it a little more than "every now and again", but I am trying to cut back for the sake of my waistline, which is growing too big for comfort. And I cannot stand diet root beer and utterly refuse to drink it.
@Skies: good for you, diet soda is a gyp - it isn't even all that much better for you as I understand it. Better to just cut back. I had to do the same, but for me it was my teeth; I've got weak enamel and soda is murder on teeth anyway. I already look enough like a redneck, I didn't want to add a peg-toothed smile.
Fair enough. I've been fortunate enough to be able to have regular dentist visits, and I drink tons of milk and eat lots of cheese, so my teeth thankfully have very good resistance to decay; on the other hand, diet root beer just tastes like crap, so I stay away from it.
Plus, I save a couple bucks a week drinking water instead; with money being fairly tight, it's a significant bonus.
When I was on a tight food budget in school, I'd buy one gallon of milk a month for cooking, and maybe something for drinking if there was anything left over. Sodas were luxury items.
Water is what I drink 70% of the time. Earl Grey Tea and Mint Tea are both good too, however.
I'm not really a "soda" person although I wouldn't mind some Sprite or Pepsi.
Hot chocolate is my usual go to,sometimes a little soda.
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