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Tue Feb 12, 2013, 11:58 AM

Giving up alcohol for lent.....last time I tried this I lasted 3 days....

Would love suggestions for non alcohol drinks that aren't full of calories either.....are there such drinks?? Thank you.

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Reply Giving up alcohol for lent.....last time I tried this I lasted 3 days.... (Original post)
a kennedy Feb 2013 OP
klook Feb 2013 #1
a kennedy Feb 2013 #2
rurallib Feb 2013 #3
a kennedy Feb 2013 #7
datasuspect Feb 2013 #4
a kennedy Feb 2013 #8
MiddleFingerMom Feb 2013 #5
a kennedy Feb 2013 #6
MiddleFingerMom Feb 2013 #9
a kennedy Feb 2013 #10
LiberalEsto Feb 2013 #11
Rabrrrrrr Feb 2013 #12
mnhtnbb Feb 2013 #13
a kennedy Feb 2013 #14

Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 12:04 PM

1. Try some herbal teas

Experimenting with many different teas satisfies curiosity and produces some mood enhancement (though less dramatic than alcohol, of course).

For example -- http://www.stashtea.com/

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Response to klook (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 02:14 PM

2. Thanks, I could give those a try....

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 07:29 PM

3. there is water, but it is way over rated.

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Response to rurallib (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 07:53 AM

7. I do drink water most of the day, but when the cocktail hour starts.....

that's when I need "something".....so I put Lipton's Green tea in a cocktail sized glass with ice cubes and pretend I'm having a cocktail.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2013, 11:01 PM

4. weed

 

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Response to datasuspect (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 07:53 AM

8. ha ha, now there's an idea.......

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 03:48 AM

5. I had an incident that convinced me not to drink when out on my motorcycle anymore.

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I was used to drinking Scotch on the rocks with seltzer water & a tiny splash of Rose's Lime Juice
as a chaser. I cut out the Scotch and simply drank the chaser and it did me quite well. No one even
knew that I wasn't drinking alcohol.
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Rose's Lime Juice is fairly expensive. You can probably find it with other mixers like tonic water and
Mrs. T's Bloody Mary Mix. It's about $6-7 for a 16-20 oz bottle, but when you just put in a splash
(maybe a 1/4 oz, if that much), it lasts a long, long time.
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It's pretty tasty and VERY thirst-quenching and very low-cal.
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Response to MiddleFingerMom (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 07:51 AM

6. This is JUST what I'm looking for......

When I'm out.....I drink Lipton's green tea at home, but when out to dinner this is exactly what I was looking for.....thanks so much.

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Response to a kennedy (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 13, 2013, 10:45 AM

9. You're welcome and it's easy to overpour with the Rose's Lime.

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Most bartenders have lost the art of what "just a splash" means.
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Response to MiddleFingerMom (Reply #9)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 08:21 AM

10. This IS exactly what I wanted for my alcohol abstainment.....

is that a word?? My husband and I were out for our St. Valentine's Day dinner and I asked our waiter for this drink.....it came and it was so delicious and refreshing that the next one I ordered I requested an olive with it. Thank you so much for this drink suggestion.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 09:08 AM

11. seltzer and cranberry juice

mixed half and half

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 09:14 AM

12. i go with the suggestion for tea -

So many teas out there to experiment with - turn it into a game/project, to see how many different teas you can try.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Fri Feb 15, 2013, 09:29 AM

13. Crystal Light makes a variety of mocktails:

Mojito, Margarita, Appletini. Personally, I like the Mojito the best--
especially with some extra lime in it.

There is also a zero calorie flavored sparkling water called ICE--
lots of different flavors--my favorites are black raspberry and coconut
pineapple.

Both products are in the beverage/soda aisle in my grocery store.

I also like diet tonic water with lime and diet ginger ale with a splash
of cranberry juice.

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Response to a kennedy (Original post)

Sun Feb 17, 2013, 09:11 AM

14. Well, it's been 6 days into my abstinence....

and I'm doing great, no shakes, no withdrawal symptoms. All suggestions, tea, seltzer with lime juice, seltzer with cranberry juice, and non-alcoholic beer have been doing the trick. Going to pick up the Crystal Light mocktails when shopping on Tuesday, looking forward to the Mojito as mnhtnbb suggested. I thought I'd be terribly nervous without my normal "drinks" but surprised how well I'm doing. Another big test will come tomorrow, my monthly "margarita lunch group" lunch, but will order the virgin-rita for that. Keeping fingers crossed. Thanks again for all the suggestions.

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