The easiest drink is to take a soda and put in a generous splash of bitters in. Stirring’s bitters are even non-alcoholic, making them quite well suited to the task. One drink I have been enjoying recently is:
- 1/2-1 oz – Bitters (Stirring’s Blood Orange)
- 4-8 oz – Ginger Ale (Canada Dry)
Build in a long glass with ice. Garnish with a cherry or orange wedge.
This is, of course, a very simple drink. However, we have the juices of a hundred fruits, bitters, sodas, waters, and a thousand different syrups. We can even use ice cream, as in the beloved root beer float, or coffee, or both as in an Israeli cafe au lait. We can infuse various herbs and spices into the drink as we please. An iced chai is little more than water infused with herbs and spices, and then mixed with milk.
If you have some interesting virgin drinks, either post them on your blog, or let me know in the comments. They may not help your heart, but they may help a friend.
(For any of you who may be scarred, I will not switch to non-alcoholic drinks. It is just a subject I have been thinking of a bit recently.)