I’ve always loved a tall glass of lemonade and ice.
I’m not too picky when the temp is REALLY hot, which to me means over 85; I wilt in the sun and even here in N. Vermont its too hot for me much of the summer. But favorites would be water, lemonade/limeade (I love Santa Cruz Organic), root beer (Virgils) and light, crisp (but still flavorful) BEER, a great pilsener (Lakefront Klisch, Victory Prima Pils) or German wheat (Paulaner or Maisels especially) really hits the spot.
If its really hot & humid, for that special, badly needed cooling off, plain old ice water is the best; but for regular, routine drinking in any summer weather it’s unsweetened iced tea. I know unsweetened isn’t the Southern way to drink iced tea, but I’m the odd man out on that one; sweetened iced tea (or hot coffee) both taste about like doses of medicine to me. The only beverage of these sorts in which I like a little sugar is hot tea.
ummm..Mr Mayor…what is BIG RED??
Ice tea, not too sweet, with lemon and LOTS of ice.
RubyRose, I hope your daughters softball team won their playoff game.
Ah’s tea, with lots of ah’s!!! (practicing my Arkansas accent)
I always keep a pitcher of homemade sweet tea in the fridge during the summer. I also make homemade lemonade every now and then. Of course, an ice-cold lager sure hits the spot!
Gin and tonics (plural).
While I have toyed with BIG RED in both regular and diet forms, I never built a taste for it. A decade back we would pick up a six-pack or two while on the road on our summer visits East…I would then introduce my SoCal classes to it in "Tasting Sessions" during our study of the Cola Wars. The students, almost 100% rejected the bubblegum flavor of Big Red. In about 1995 or so, It began appearing in the discounted soda "tubs" that are always in the front of a convenience store (AM/PM). They still sell them out West at cut-rate prices, but it isn’t the cultural icon that it is here in Kentuciana. My Secretary always started her work day with a Big Gulp (44oz) of Big Red, rather than coffee at the college here.
I enjoy Vernor’s, but it is an import here (from Michigan) and not big on the local market. Ale81 is interesting. It qualifies as a TRUE Local/Regional soda… but it isn’t my favorite !!!
As far as soda as a thirst-quencher..Canada Dry Bitter Lemon was great…or one of the Collins Mixers.
If I’m really hot & thisty just give me a tall glass of ice water, anything with sugar just won’t work, seltzer water is a close second. Once I’ve satisfied the thirst then give me a spearmint snowball to finish the coolong off.[:D]
I like to be consistant: No matter what the season, I like a little Candian with Ice.[8D]
Paul E. Smith
Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen
I guess I have really converted to the Kentuciana culture because my first thoughts upon reading this topic wer "SunTea, cut 50/50 with tart lemonade". [:p].
If you were *really* a convert of the orthodox variety, you’d have mentioned Big Red somewhere in your post. Or at least Vernors or Ale8One.
Myself, I grew up on brown creme soda, so imagine my disgust on trying the red creme variety as exemplified by Big Red. But you know what? It grew on me after a while, and I actually started enjoying Diet Big Red. The sugared version was still too sweet for me.
These days, my preferred thirst quencher is Canada Dry Ginger Ale, no ice, and also placed in the freezer for awhile as another poster had mentioned.
To me..nothing ever beats an ice-cold Coke!
Sweet tea on crushed ice, please.
I guess I have really converted to the Kentuciana culture because my first thoughts upon reading this topic wer "SunTea, cut 50/50 with tart lemonade". [:p]I say converted because no self-respecting SoCal guy could respond without including "Evian" or some other exotic (gold-labeled) bottled water!![8D]
Second-Thought would have to be a Sonic-Hiway 44, Strawberry-Lemon Slush!!![:p]
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