The Sober Alchemist: non-alcoholic mixed drinks

lemonade punch drink, originally uploaded by c(h)ristine.

It’s hard to keep mankind in familiar territory for too long; we have a history of discovery (after all, we did make fire which led to cooking which led to…um, this food blog?).

This tendency towards invention definitely shines in the realm of beverages–the flavors and combinations have multiplied in packaged drinks. In addition to orange juice, there are a dozen kinds of “nectars” and “mixed citrus” juices. In the soda aisle, there is an even wider variety of flavors. There’s even a “Chardonnay” non-alcoholic drink out by Vignette that uses chadonnay grapes for a fizzy and delicious grape soda. The world keeps pushing the envelope of drink flavors, as if we want to introduce or invent a new flavor that does not exist out there.

These days, in the world of non-alcoholic mixed drinks, we have a lot more options than a Shirley Temple. (Though I adore a Shirley Temple). My husband loves to order an “Arnold Palmer,” which is a drink that is half iced tea, half lemonade. He likes to make this at home too, with Tejava and Paul Newman’s Virgin Lemonade. At home, I like to mix lemonade or limeade with sparkling water.

For years, I’ve compulsively mixed drinks at any fast food soda fountain. My favorite is half Sprite and half lemonade. Or half Sprite and half fruit punch. Do these have names? I don’t know, they might. I’m not the first to practice alchemy at a soda machine, judging by the “Mosstrooper” (root beer with a squirt of 7up).

If you want to make a new flavor on your own, it’s simple enough. And what better way to indulge the mad scientist streak in our humanity? The worst thing that can happen is that you come up with an awful tasting drink. 🙂 And the best case scenario? Well, you will have discovered something new and wonderful.

To help you along, here is a link to non-alcoholic mixed drinks recipes. My favorites are the fizzy, non-alcoholic drinks.

3 responses to “The Sober Alchemist: non-alcoholic mixed drinks

  1. my favorite non alcoholic mixed drink is hibiscus tea (“passion” from tazo teas) brewed till tart then iced, with a 1/4 cup of fizzy lemonade mixed in. yummmmm.

  2. An Arnold Palmer, huh? I didn’t know that it had a name but its what I always order when we’re out at a fountain drink kind of place…

  3. When I used to live in Hawai’i, they actually have a name for the Punch & Sprite concoction that is so well known, you can walk into ANY fast food restaurant (Mc Donalds, Wendy’s, KFC, etc…), and order a “SPRUNCH” with your meal. They totally know what it is out there, it totally blew my mind. I thought my cousin mis-spoke when I heard her put her order in, but the girl behind the window was like, “Okay, one Sprunch and what else?…” I realized I was the minority in my understanding of soda-mixologists. Seriously though, go to Hawai’i (I was on O’ahu so I’m not sure if it applies to any other island out there), or ask a friend that lives there and ask for a Sprunch, I put a vat of the stuff on it that they know what it is!

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