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    Default The Official Thirst-Quenching Drink Thread

    I know, I know.... water's the best and most thirst-quenching thing you can drink. But sometimes it just doesn't cut it.

    Summer is here, and I'm up for new recipes, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, for drinks that beat the summertime heat.

    Here's one of my latest "discoveries" - simple but incredibly thirst quenching.

    1 part Juicy Juice Berry Flavor to 1 part Schwepps Diet Tonic Water over lots of ice.
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    Several years ago, in the heat of summer, I started making chicha. It's pretty refreshing, and vaguely fruity for being made from corn.

    Sweet tea is a great standby also, as is a nice beer, though I like to go light on the hops in the heat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by canid View Post
    Several years ago, in the heat of summer, I started making chicha.
    Recipe?
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    I found locally a pretty cheap source for unparched inca purple corn by the pound (food for less, if I recall). I would malt it by soaking until it started to sprout, then dry it back out and roast in a baking sheet.

    I would grind this up and mix 1lb of it to 3 quarts of clean water, pitch in some activated yeast and let it ferment for a couple days, pour gently and drink. pretty commonly gets from 2 to 4% abv and tastes great.
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    It's not as much work as it sounds if you malt a big batch of it at a time.
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    Cool What?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    ...Schwepps Diet Tonic Water over lots of ice.

    "DIET" tonic water?...really?...
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    Quote Originally Posted by canid View Post
    I found locally a pretty cheap source for unparched inca purple corn by the pound (food for less, if I recall). I would malt it by soaking until it started to sprout, then dry it back out and roast in a baking sheet.

    I would grind this up and mix 1lb of it to 3 quarts of clean water, pitch in some activated yeast and let it ferment for a couple days, pour gently and drink. pretty commonly gets from 2 to 4% abv and tastes great.
    Thanks! I'll be on the hunt for unparched inca purple corn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge47 View Post
    "DIET" tonic water?...really?...
    Saves over 100 calories a serving. I need to avoid every single calorie possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarge47 View Post
    "DIET" tonic water?...really?...

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    It doesn't have to be purple. Any maize which hasn't been kilned (so it will still germinate) will work. The purple corn is actually traditionally used to make non-fermented chicha in Peru.
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    I've never seen it in stores. Then again, I've never looked for it either.
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    Ken. In this part of the country I'm pretty sure it can be found in one of the Latino groceries. Iffin ya can find such like up there in ya'lls area it might be a source.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken View Post
    Thanks! I'll be on the hunt for unparched inca purple corn.
    Hopi blue corn should be pretty close-PM me if you want some.
    When I was a kid we always mixxed 1/2 cup of natural cider vinager into 1gallon of water to drink while putting up hay-cuts the dust way better than plain water.
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    While not exotic or fancy - ice water with a big squeeze of either lemon or lime in it.
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    Ice cold cranberry juice is one of my favorites.
    Unless the occasion calls for an ice cold hard cider.
    But usually rasp-lime selzer.
    Ken, why don't you just drink the flavored selzers? Polar makes a great line of them. No calories.
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    A few years back I was making and drinking, switzel. It's a drink made from cider vinegar, blackstrap mollasas and ginger all mixed up in a quart of water. The amounts will vary depending on preference.

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    Cool Sooooo.....

    So how many calories in "Schwepps "Non-Diet" Tonic Water?....
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    Cool Here ya go Ken!

    This is an exotic drink from the mid-East:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQksHiMBcSk

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    Ok Winnie you win LOL there is nothing as good as a ice cold ginger beer.

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