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Tea-of-the-month club recommendations

We're thinking of getting a friend of ours some kind of Tea of the Month club subscription as a (slightly belated) Christmas present. We're not big tea drinkers ourselves; can anyone recommend a particular company to get it from? [more inside]
posted by Horace Rumpole on Dec 23, 2013 - 12 answers

 

Will my partially frozen soda be OK?

I happened upon an extremely good sale on 2-liter bottles of soda yesterday, and stocked up for entertaining this holiday season. Like a big dummy, I forgot they were in my trunk over night, and when I went and retrieved them this morning, they were partially frozen. [more inside]
posted by mzwz on Nov 30, 2013 - 14 answers

EZ-pour wine decanter?

I find wide-bottomed decanters hard to pour from, especially when I'm sitting at a table. Can you recommend one that's not too heavy and can safely be used even by clumsy people? [more inside]
posted by wryly on Nov 29, 2013 - 8 answers

Roots in my root beer: do you have a favorite homemade soda?

I would love to make my own non-alcoholic beverages. As hippy, from scratch as possible. Do you have favorite recipes? [more inside]
posted by anya32 on Nov 26, 2013 - 14 answers

In search of zero calorie beverage inspiration!

I'm trying to lose weight, again. One thing I perpetually struggle with is the impulse to snack, especially in the afternoon and evening. I'm trying to distract myself from snacking with new and exciting calorie free beverages, and I'm stuck in a rut. I love Diet Coke, but am trying to reduce my intake of chemical sweeteners. Plain water is obvious, and seltzer with citrus is only a little less so. I've experimented with cold brewing green tea, and I like that, but I am looking for more creative ideas. What are your favorite ZERO CALORIE beverages? I am really not interested in anything that involves any form of sugar. Ideally your idea does not involve artificial sweetener, but if it's an enchanting concoction that REQUIRES aspartame or sucralose, I'm down. I am in the U.S., if that matters, and you may assume I can procure just about any ingredient/beverage within reason. I'm interested in product recommendations as well as recipes, and note that I'm fine with a moderate level of fiddliness, as a project recipe that ends in calorie free indulgence will keep me away from the chips and ice cream for MINUTES AT A TIME. :)
posted by little mouth on Sep 18, 2013 - 62 answers

Are fancy, adult, dinner party worthy non-alcoholic drinks a thing?

I'm skipping booze for a month as part of a broader brain de-frag. My partner at work has invited my fiance and I over for dinner this week. I'm bringing wine, obviously, but I'd also like to bring something non-alcoholic that doesn't feel juvenile. Any ideas? I'm in the Netherlands, which restricts some choices, but between the Sterk and expat stores I could probably find most brands. [more inside]
posted by nerdfish on Aug 5, 2013 - 29 answers

Creamy deliciousness FAIL

I refrigerated a bottle of Carolan's Irish Cream and it solidified. [more inside]
posted by Allee Katze on May 12, 2013 - 6 answers

Are there any actual health benefits to drinking kombucha?

I have been brewing and drinking my own kombucha for years. I like the taste, I like the bubbles, and it's a fun and relatively low-maintenance hobby in the realm of brewing things (way less involved than beer, for instance). What I'm wondering is if there is any actual known proven non-woo benefit of drinking the stuff. There's so much crap online it's difficult to sort through. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Mar 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Dumb question of the day.

Can I safely pack canned alcoholic cider in checked airplane luggage? [more inside]
posted by floweredfish on Mar 15, 2013 - 15 answers

Not love but delicious drinks (without caffeine or alcohol)

Help me find tasty beverages that don't have caffeine, alcohol, or loads of corn syrup. [more inside]
posted by thetortoise on Mar 13, 2013 - 37 answers

Bionade for yanks?

Is it possible to get Bionade in the USA? I am intrigued by their products and understand that they are very popular in Europe, but my google-fu fails me trying to find a U.S. distribution source. Can anyone hook me up?
posted by cross_impact on Feb 13, 2013 - 7 answers

It's adorable AND delicious!

I like drinking out of teeny tiny cups. If drinking a beverage involves repeatedly pouring it out of a large container into a cup that holds like 5 sips, I'm into it. Please tell me every conceivable example of this. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jul 6, 2011 - 37 answers

Can I drink this without dying?

What's the matter with these soda cans? I have two cans of diet pop that are bulging on the bottom (pics inside). Is this botulism or does it pose any danger? [more inside]
posted by katyggls on Jun 20, 2011 - 12 answers

Booze and baked goods, what more could you want?

I'm planning a 'cupcakes and cocktails' party next weekend, and I could use some assistance in figuring out what drinks to have on hand that won't clash horribly with what I'm serving. [more inside]
posted by alynnk on May 6, 2011 - 20 answers

Why does nose-oil make the foam go away?

Why does nose-oil eliminate the foam from carbonated beverages? [more inside]
posted by jenkinsEar on Apr 21, 2011 - 4 answers

Which drinks for springtime?

What are some seasonally-appropriate beverages for spring? [more inside]
posted by Hither on Apr 16, 2011 - 16 answers

Mobile apps related to coffee

I'm looking to find some iPhone apps related to coffee and coffee culture. What are some of your favourites? [more inside]
posted by remixnine on Mar 30, 2011 - 4 answers

Saving space and money or Carrie Nation at work?

Why at restaurants does everyone get their own menu but there's often just one beverage/beer/cocktail menu? [more inside]
posted by pointystick on Jan 15, 2011 - 22 answers

Less known but tasty drinks?

(DrinkFilter) I just found out how awesome Aloe Drink is. What other tasty drinks have I been missing out on? [more inside]
posted by BurN_ on Oct 17, 2010 - 52 answers

From the kitchen to the real thing.

How much does it cost to bring a new (non-alcoholic) beverage to market? [more inside]
posted by eschatfische on Oct 12, 2010 - 4 answers

Recommended drinks for combating the sting of capsaicin in spicy food...?

I know that casein-based products are boss, but which beverages should I get if I run out of kefir? I mean, it's kinda awkward to eat ice cream alongside curry, so no desserts, please.
posted by DenLaerde on Sep 29, 2010 - 6 answers

Help! Electric kettle conundrum!

Is it ok/safe to heat non-water beverages (apple cider, namely) in my Krups electric kettle? [more inside]
posted by faeuboulanger on Nov 5, 2009 - 16 answers

I need famous drinks from famous books.

I need famous drinks from famous books. Kind of like how Holden Caulfield always drank Tom Collinses in Catcher in the Rye. Or how the Famous Five always had Tea with their scones. Thanks!
posted by Sully on Jul 14, 2009 - 46 answers

Got Anise- and other extract-based bevvies?

At the home of a French (Normandy-area) couple, our hosts offered us a beverage made from an anise extract/tincture and water (not pastis, as it wasn't a liqueur and didn't turn milky/yellow). This was unexpectedly yummy and refreshing and sophisticated for a simple, (mostly) non-alcoholic bevvy. I'd love to try this at home and expand my non-boozer horizons! So: (1) Recommendations for the type/brand/sources for the extract? Seems like it needs to be higher-quality stuff; and (2) What other extracts make simple refreshing beverages when added to water?
posted by shelbaroo on Aug 3, 2008 - 15 answers

Chocolately goodness!

Does anybody know of someplace online I can purchase hot chocolate with extra caffeine in it? Looking online all I can find are a bunch of posts on how much normal hot chocolate has (not much). I'd like a warm caffeinated pick me up without having to drink coffee or tea.
posted by gilsonal on Apr 30, 2008 - 16 answers

How should a college kid store his coffee?

Coffee beans behave like busses apparently. I went with preground for a year, and then I got a 5lb bag and a 1lb bag of roasted coffee beans and a grinder today for Christmas. How should I store them, accounting for my specific situation? [more inside]
posted by mccarty.tim on Dec 25, 2007 - 13 answers

Drink, drank, but not yet drunk

Its sparkling or perhaps plain water, its fruit and sometimes flowers, its mighty tasty, lightly so, and occasionally seen at art galleries by me on show days, but what the hell is it -called-?
posted by Ogre Lawless on Oct 6, 2007 - 4 answers

Diurnal refrigeration: harmful?

Can I unplug my refrigerator full of beverages overnight? [more inside]
posted by silby on Oct 1, 2007 - 9 answers

Straws that exist only in artwork

Do these diagonal-striped drinking straws actually exist in real life? [more inside]
posted by chef_boyardee on Aug 22, 2007 - 14 answers

What's your favorite little-known soda pop?

What's your favorite regional or "indie" soda pop on bottled non-alcoholic beverage (available in New York City or online, preferably)? [more inside]
posted by Bookhouse on Jul 30, 2007 - 54 answers

I want to be a Pepper, but caffeine gives me headaches

I want to be a Pepper, but caffeine gives me headaches. [more inside]
posted by commander_cool on Jun 30, 2007 - 18 answers

Micro-brew American shandy?

Is there an American maker of good ginger Shandy? I can get the Carib brand in my neighborhood, but the ginger flavor is kind of sucky. Alternatively, is there such a thing as an alcoholic ginger ale made in the US? [more inside]
posted by OmieWise on Jun 8, 2007 - 6 answers

Is in any way dangerous or unhealthy to drink very old/expired soda?

Is in any way dangerous or unhealthy to drink very old/expired soda? [more inside]
posted by boscord on May 29, 2007 - 20 answers

What are some Basic (higher-pH) beverages?

Digestive chemistry: I have a mild case of Crohn's disease, and one of the things that seems to exacerbate my condition is eating or drinking things that are highly acidic. Other than milk, what are some higher-pH drinks that I can use to replace corrosive beverages like soda, coffee, and cranberry juice? [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Mar 17, 2007 - 20 answers

What else can I drink all day without gaining weight?

Aspartame-free low-calorie beverage suggestions needed. Does such a thing even exist? [more inside]
posted by cgg on Mar 1, 2007 - 49 answers

Kvas?

Is it possible to purchase authentic Kvas around Boston or Chicago? [more inside]
posted by :-) on Dec 11, 2006 - 5 answers

Big Apple Cider?

My girlfriend and I miss the countryside of upstate New York where we went to school. Specifically, we long for the region's excellent, home-made, freshly pressed, piping hot, unpasteurized [!] apple cider. We're now in New York City looking for that wonderfully nostalgic autumn taste. Where should we go?
posted by themadjuggler on Sep 26, 2006 - 15 answers

Picky beverage question

Picky beverage question: I like hanging out with my friends in bars and such but I'm rather limited in what I'll drink. I don't drink alcohol for one, or caffeine or sugary beverages for that matter... [more inside]
posted by garethspor on Jul 19, 2005 - 23 answers

How to bottle and distribute a yummy drink?

A friend of mine has a tasty drink which he sells from his store (a little tourist shop). Folks love it and keep asking him to bottle it and sell it online, but he has no idea where to get started. [more inside]
posted by oissubke on Jun 2, 2005 - 6 answers

Kool-Aid and Other Childish Things

A recent burst of unseasonably warm weather kicked me Proust-style back to the childhood joy of well made Kool-Aid. Who hear would care to share their personal favorite recipes for Kool Aid, Jell-O drinks, etc.? Eccentric and unexpected combinations happily welcomed; I would like to keep things on the Shirley Temple side, though, so no Kool Aid cocktail recipes please.
posted by boombot on Apr 28, 2005 - 6 answers

African beer in the DC area

African beer - does anyone know a liquor store that sells it in the DC area? In particular I'm looking for Guinean (Guinea-Conakry) beer, but would settle for Senegalese, or Ghanian beer.
posted by Amizu on Dec 20, 2004 - 8 answers

What's the best coffee-maker?

CoffeeFilter: The best automatic maker, straight up -- no double-teaming, grinding or frothing -- please?
posted by thinkpiece on Dec 7, 2004 - 20 answers

Can I import some Coca-Cola Light?

NotQuitePepsiBlueFilter: Vacationing in Europe, I was surprised and pleased by the flavor of Coca-Cola Light, which is not made with the same formula as the rather dire-tasting American Diet Coke. The drink tastes pretty much the same as Coke's new C2, but instead of that soda's bizarre half-sugar, half-sweetener compromise, the European Coke Light does it with no sugar or calories. Why they don't sell this stuff in America is truly beyond me.

Thing is, I'd like to import some -- and while imports of other (slightly stiffer) European beverages are common, I can't find anywhere locally or on Google who will sell it to Americans. Then again, my EU language skills are lacking. Anywhere I can have a 12-pack of this stuff shipped to me?
posted by eschatfische on Dec 5, 2004 - 27 answers

Nicotine Beverages?

Why are there no nicotene beverages? Wouldn't this be a good way to eliminate lung cancer? Why is no one selling "Nico-Tea"?
posted by interrobang on Jun 18, 2004 - 13 answers

Is milk really that good for an adult, and if so, how much?

Got Milk? It does a body good? But is it true? There have been things recently, studies and such, that say milk may be better all around than people thought 10 years ago. But is it that good for an adult, and if so, how much should an adult have? [more inside]
posted by benjh on Mar 8, 2004 - 28 answers

replacement to soda

I'm interested in no longer drinking soda, because I've started to get headaches when I drink it. The problem is, not much comes in easy to carry multi-packs like soda does. What are tricks to giving up soda, and what's a good replacement that sidesteps high sugar and caffeine?
posted by drezdn on Dec 14, 2003 - 38 answers

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