Sometimes you just need a little something to get you going in the morning. Or to keep you going in the afternoon. So ladies, which beverage is it that keeps you perky through long writing sessions?
Barb: In the morning it’s coffee, coffee, coffee. I drink two largish cups and they last all morning. I don’t care if it gets cold as it sits on my desk. In fact, I think I’m overly sensitive to hot. I have to drive for miles before I can drink a coffee I’ve picked up at Dunks or McDonalds. Unfortunately, if I drink anything with caffeine in it after 2:00 pm, that night it’s like the scene in the Big Chill where Glenn Close takes the cocaine. So in winter, afternoons are herbal tea, and in summer iced herbal tea or water.
Sherry: Too funny, Barb! I don’t drink coffee. And as the Wickeds well know I’ve quit drinking Coke Zero. Over the summer they got a day by day, blow by blow, description of my “Coke” withdrawals. Now I drink Chai or ice tea.
Liz: I was probably the biggest coffee addict around for years. I couldn’t make it out the door without out a pot of heavy duty, black Starbucks dark roast in my system. Then just over a year ago I started drinking Chinese Pu Er tea recommended by my Chinese healer doc. Without even meaning to, I stopped wanting so much coffee. I mean, it was crazy. So now I drink the tea (the darker the better), and can make it through most days with just one cup of coffee – and somedays, none. It’s kind of a miracle.
Julie: I drink black coffee in the morning. In the afternoon, I move to tea. I love Starbucks’ Chai Tea Latte with soy, though it is more of a drink than coffee. And I’ve recently discovered London Fogs–Earl Grey tea with steamed milk. Delish. I have to balance the caffeine in the afternoon–I try to stop by 3 so I can get some sleep that night.
Jessie: I start each morning with a couple of cups of black coffee, no sugar, the stronger, the better. By mid-morning I switch to water. If we happen to have any in the house, I love to pour a couple of fingers of grapefruit juice in to a tall glass and top it with seltzer. In the afternoons I usually have tea with my children when they return home from school. Peppermint is my favorite but I like black teas too like Earl Grey and PG Tips.
Edith: I learned to drink coffee as a seventeen-year old exchange student in Brazil, so I love a deep, rich dark roast coffee. But since I quit the caffeine habit twenty years ago, I’ve had to search out a deep, rich dark roast decaf. So now I fresh-grind and brew two cups of that (these days two-third decaf and one-third caf) and drink those with a little milk in the morning. After that it’s water all the way. Until it’s wine o’clock, of course.
Readers, which beverages bring a smile to your lips?