Nonalcoholic Yumminess

I recently discovered my new favorite refreshing beverage, and I thought I’d share it with you all.

I accidentally made a still life!

Here’s my disclaimer up front: I do not like sweet drinks. Sodas? Yuck. Cocktails that call for simple syrup? Eww. So this drink really hit the spot. If you are someone who loves sugary drinks, bless your soul, but this isn’t the drink for you. It’s not bitter or sour or anything, but it’s definitely not sweet.

If you’re not familiar with Angostura bitters, while it technically contains alcohol, it’s available in grocery stores (even in Utah). Like vanilla extract, you use it in quantities so small that the effect is essentially non-alcoholic.

An interesting tidbit: My maternal grandmother was once featured in her local small-town Ohio newspaper for her award-winning recipe for marinated short ribs, the marinade for which features Angostura bitters. Those marinated short ribs remain in my memory as a major comfort food from my youth, along with twice-baked potatoes and hamburger stroganoff (which my family also called “hamburg stroganoff.”)

Okay, you’re probably thirsty after reading all of that, so here’s the recipe for my yummy, nonalcoholic beverage:

Ingredients:

Ice cubes

2-3 dashes Angostura bitters

A squeeze of lime juice (2/8 fresh lime, or a splash of bottled lime juice, unsweetened)

Carbonated water/seltzer to top up

Fill a tall-ish glass with ice (5-6 cubes). Add 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters. Squeeze 2- 1/8 sections of lime into the glass, rub the rim with a lime wedge, and drop the sections into the glass. Top up with carbonated water/seltzer. Enjoy and repeat as many times as you’d like!

5 comments

  1. Sharon Whale (@PaganSpirit9265) · August 20, 2012

    Thank you Ive been looking for a more grown-up soft drink this sounds excellent!

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  2. rockpapertree · April 22, 2012

    It looks like fun and perfect for summer!! I don’t drink alcohol and don’t love too sweet… so it’s perfect.

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    • CJ · April 23, 2012

      I’ve been on a quest for non-sweet, non-alcoholic beverages since my first pregnancy. Lime has been my friend for a while, but Angostura Bitters is a new thing for me. If you try it, I hope you enjoy it!

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  3. Renee · April 22, 2012

    excellent! sounds like my kind of drink. I love black coffee and un-sweet tea. i’ll have to give it a try!

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    • CJ · April 23, 2012

      I’m a black-coffee gal myself! This is a nice one because it’s something I drink that seems a little fancy but still allows me to retain my faculties.

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