Unquenchable Thirst

All the years I knew him, my husband walked around with a glass of water.  It was always filled and he constantly was drinking it.  While admiring him, it was a habit that I never acquired.  Even the advent of bottled water didn’t change that.  Drinking water just isn’t my cup of tea so to speak.  Way back when, my family would visit folks out in the country and I remember how good that water was and when Leo and I had our own well water it was good.  With all the water treatment processes today including the fluoride that was added when I was young,  the water that comes from our tap just tastes bad.

While living in Jackson, my house was located within miles of a water treatment plant resulting in really dirty water.  It was so dirty that it was damaging my new bathroom toilets as well as hot water heaters and, basically, anything that held water.  The solution was to install a whole house water filter.  The filters were changed bimonthly to keep it running clean.  That was a small price to pay compared to replacing hot water heaters and toilets.   At least there, the water was tolerably good.  Here, the water is so terrible tasting that I won’t even make tea with it.  It is “city” water piped through to this and neighboring houses.  Added to that is that there is a lot of dirt in the water as well so it marks toilets and white clothes.  As soon as feasible, I’ll be installing another whole house water filtration system.

Since I drink something all the time and tap water is out, diet soda became my drink of choice.  But then, my stomach decided enough was enough and it became apparent that I had to find another drink.  The search started by switching to orange soda which was fine, particularly in the summer, but the idea was to get away from soda.  Morning is a challenge since I don’t drink coffee.  Last winter, I survived the cold by drinking hot chai tea lattes so it was a natural move to try it upon waking.  My tummy loved it and the caffeine was sufficient.  For an afternoon drink and with some help from a company that produces sparkling cranberry drink came the idea to mix cranberry juice with soda water and add a little lemon juice.  ‘Tis a grand drink.  It’s refreshing, low-calorie, and low in sodium and all the bad stuff.  In fact, it is so good that I’m sure someone will start saying cranberry juice is bad for you.  Best of all, it quenches thirst.  Try one, you’ll like it and if the day is bad add some vodka for a wanna be cosmopolitan.  Enjoy.

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3 Responses to Unquenchable Thirst

  1. Doris says:

    Sounds yummy! What proportions, 50/50?

  2. Jeanette Spencer says:

    I am interested in the proportions also. I want to try this.

    • Carol Wurschmidt says:

      Jeanette and Doris, I use large glasses so I use about 8 oz of cranberry and about the same of soda water. I like the fizz. Then, I add two squirts of lemon juice which tames the cranberry taste. I really enjoy it. I figure I save money by not buying the sparkling drinks. A strand of lemon peel would probably be nice too, but I haven't had a chance to try it.

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