Your example suggests you mean alcohol alternatives, so I'll stick with those: up until a month ago, I would have simply said "the occasional single malt scotch".
Beer I like okay but drink so very very rarely that it wouldn't have merited a mention. Then I spent three weeks in China where temps averaged 100 degrees every day and if you didn't need the beer to chase the very hot foods of Sichuan and Chongqing provinces you needed it to strip the coal dust and smog out of your throat. No drink has ever been as welcome or neccessary, and I drank more beer in three weeks than I drank in 25 years since I moved back from England combined--every day at lunch and most dinners. Beer, especially with Chinese food, will probably get served here a lot more often.
My wine shopping and I have never had a problem. Just a perpetual race between the bankruptcy court and Hell.--Rogov
Robin Garr wrote:Seriously, Paul? Why not just brush 'em?
Now, now ... Even regular use of tooth-whitening toothpaste wasn't enough. The dentist was, of course, happy to offer whitening services every time, until I wisened up ...
It's true. Green tea will not stain your teeth. I actually found the transition remarkably easy, which was not what I was anticipating earlier on. I will still have the occasional coffee, but I don't miss it at all and in fact feel better after green tea than I do after coffee.
Diet cola, tea, water, single malts, German pilsners and other fine beer
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Tea in the morning (usually a single estate Assam); plenty of homebrew; plenty of craft beer; plenty of Scotch (mostly singles, but I love a good blend like Islay Mist or Black Bottle too). Oh, and water, lots of water.
A cup of coffee in the morning then tea and good old tap water for the rest of the day.
In the alcoholic beverage realm, every Tuesday I knock back a pint or two of Guinness with friends at the local British pub, and will occasionally have Czech beer or Tiger Beer. Also go with some Asian friends to a Korean soju joint fairly regularly.
I used to be a big connoisseur of beer, but once my wine drinking really took off, beer stopped tasting so good to me. No acidity - no balance. Ouch! I still have a beer sometimes when the cuisine calls for it, and I would go to something a little roasty - a brown ale or something like that.
Water (tap) a lot - we have great water in the south end of Seattle.
Chamomile tea late in the evening. Coffee (artisan roasted) in the morning. Usually a blend of 2/3 French Roast decaf and 1/3 Kenya.
Single malt scotch on occasion. Lagavulin is my fave.
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Coffee, French roast, ground fresh.
Blended scotch, Dewar's, specifically
(an oddity I've always noticed in films - people [mostly guys] walk into bars and order "scotch." There's not a real scotch drinker on the planet who walks into a bar and orders a generic scotch.)
Water and coffee, mostly, but the occasional vodka and cranberry or rum and diet coke if out somewhere that doesn't have drinkable wine. Also the occasional Margerita with Mexican food, and Mojito with Cuban or Carribean. I don't generally like beer, but have been known to appreciate a Singha with fiery Thai food...
My catalogue is even longer than Robin's list and is very weather dependant!
*micro brew (on hot days)
alternate gin and tonic
*lambic beer (on sunny cool days)
*single malt scotch (on cool rainy days)
*cognac (on really cold days)
*occassional highballs where drinking establishment has a scary bad selection for wine or scotch
of the non alcohol variety
great hot chocolate