Lately I have found myself drinking glass after glass of cold water. Unfortunately I prefer the bubbly kind so it isn’t as satisfying as it could be. I can’t tell if it’s the hot weather or the food I’m eating, but I’ve only been this consistently thirsty once before – when I was visiting Alex’s parents in Colorado. I think it was pretty dry up there near the Rockies, so I’m not really sure why I’m so thirsty lately. But, my constant running to the toilet, combined with last week’s PhotoHunt topic, has prompted me to think about my favorite thirst quenchers:
My absolute favorite has to be Thai lemon soda – it’s not actually soda, it’s fresh lime juice, sugar syrup (which you add yourself) and fizzy water – always served with ice. So refreshingly sweet and sour! I am definitely looking forward to our move to Bangkok and the constant availability of this tasty, tasty drink.
Here in Malaysia, I would say I have two favorites: iced lemon tea and lime juice. The iced lemon tea is similar to iced tea in the US, but with lots and lots of lemon to make it a bit sour. Sometimes you get lucky and they basically fill up the glass with sliced lemon. Yum. The lime juice here is similar to the lemon soda in Thailand, but no fizz. It can be very sweet, or very sour, depending on where you buy it. In Chinese restaurants, you can also get lime juice with sour plum which is absolutely delicious. It could only be better if it was fizzy.
Back in Germany, my favorite drink is johannisbeerschorle – cassis berry juice mixed with fizzy water. Any sort of fruit juice can be mixed with fizzy water to make a schorle in Germany. I almost always chose a fruit schorle over beer (remember, I’m not a big drinker). Although I did occasionally enjoy a nice cold radler – kind of like a beer shandy – part lemon soda, part helles beer. It usually gave me a headache because of the sugar and the alcohol, but I guess I prefer the sweetness of the lemon soda in my beer.
At home in the States it would have to be fizzy lemonade – that gourmet kind you can only find in “fancy” grocery stores and restaurants. When I visit Stew Leonard’s, I always buy the fizzy pink lemonade. I think they pretend that it’s from France, but it’s probably made in New York.
What’s your favorite thirst quencher?