What to Drink (When You're Not Drinking)
Let’s face it: Sometimes boozing it up on a weeknight can get exhausting—and impractical.
Maybe your New Year’s resolutions include spending less money or dropping a few pounds. Perhaps you’ve decided to dedicate your evenings to your creative hobbies instead of SVU marathons and Chardonnay. Or maybe you’re a soon-to-be parent or otherwise under doctor’s orders. Sometimes, it’s just a good idea to lay off the sauce.
But just because you won’t be paying $25 for a couple of weak cocktails doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a delicious beverage.
You may not be drinking, but if you still want to sip something that’s fun, tasty, and a bit more imaginative than a Diet Coke, give these concoctions a try.
Examples: Lime Rickey, Shirley Temple
What it says about you: I am so confident in my maturity that I am comfortable ordering a drink that I may have consumed before my feet could touch the floor from this barstool. I am a paradox.
Example: Arnold Palmer (iced tea and lemonade)
What it says about you: I know about sports legends and their beverages of choice. I could be an athlete myself, heading to my 24-hour gym after happy hour.
Examples: Virgin Mary, Homemade Ginger Ale (bitters, sprite, splash of coke)
What it says about you: I am either hung over or pregnant. I am a woman of mystery.
Example: Cranberry and Club Soda
What it says about you: To me, being refreshed is just as satisfying as being intoxicated. I might withdraw to the veranda at any moment.
Drinks to Avoid
Childhood throwbacks that go too far back: Milk. Apple juice.
Energy drinks: There’s nothing worse than being sober and jumpy at a happy hour.
Non-alcoholic beer: Because beer isn’t that tasty to begin with.
Photo courtesy of Stephanie Wesolowski.
Rikki Rogers is a writer and marketer working outside of our nation’s capitol. When she’s not stuck in traffic, she enjoys writing poetry and running after her son. Since earning her BA from University of Virginia and her MFA from University of Utah, she's served in marketing and communication positions at a number of tech companies in the DC area. You can read more about her obsession with language and culture at www.rikkiwrites.com.More from this Author