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cheffrankie 06-14-2005 04:09 PM

Not a great fan of alcoholic drinks...
Im not a huge fan of alcoholic drinks and was wondering if anyone knew any cocktails that don't have a very high alcohol content but still taste good that one could buy at pubs/nightclubs etc. any ideas?:smile:

GB 06-14-2005 04:17 PM

Any drink that is not straight alcohol can be made weaker than usual. The bartender would have no problem doing that.

middie 06-14-2005 04:23 PM

you can get daquiries (sp) without the alcohol

GB 06-14-2005 04:26 PM

Pina coladas, margaritas, anything with juice like a screwdriver or cape codder, etc.

buckytom 06-14-2005 04:26 PM

lol gb. you read my mind. a good tarbender will make your first drink a little stronger than usual (and not mix the alcohol into it so your first sip from the bottom is a doozie), then gradually make your drinks weaker. but if you ask, they will certainly oblige from the outset.

chefrankie, try searching for mixed drinks with flavored schnapps in them. it has lower alcohol content than 80 proof alcohols like vodka or rum.

PA Baker 06-14-2005 04:34 PM

If you want something completely alcohol free, I like ordering cranberry juice with club soda and a twist of lime (it's pretty good with vodka, too!)

jkath 06-14-2005 06:40 PM

Fran, aren't you quite young still?

You can add sparkling lemon water to most fruit juices over ice for a yummy treat,
or make a smoothie from something like ice cubes, lime juice and strawberries in a blender and then poured over ice.

SierraCook 06-14-2005 09:32 PM

Here is the scoop on the drinking age in England. My parents always let us kids drink a glass on wine occasionally with dinner.

It is an offence for a licensee, or his employee or agent, in licensed premises to sell alcoholic liquor to a person under 18 or to allow a person under 18 to consume alcohol on the premises; or for any person to knowingly buy or attempt to buy alcohol for consumption by a person under the age of 18. It is also an offence for any person under the age of 18 to buy or attempt to buy alcoholic liquor or to consume alcohol on licensed premises.

There are some specific exceptions. It is not an offence to sell to or buy for a 16 or 17 year old, beer, wine, porter, cider or perry for his/her personal consumption with a table-meal in licensed premises, provided the table-meal is not taken in the bar area but in a part of the premises set apart for the service of meals. Nor is it an offence for the 16 or 17 year old to buy such alcohol for his own consumption or that of another 16 or 17 year old with a table-meal.

Andy M. 06-14-2005 09:35 PM

When the girls were younger and we went out to eat, they always wanted a fancy drink like mom and dad so we ordered a "virgin" drink. That is, all the fruit juices, umbrellas and cherries but leave out the booze. You have a ton of fruit juice based drinks you can choose from.

auntdot 06-14-2005 11:25 PM

I love Bloody Marys. The only problem is that I find them far too tasty and it is very easy to down several of them, hic.

So, at home, often drink either the pre-made bottled mix (without alcohol) or make the tomato concoction myself, and leave out the vodka.

Just ask the bartender for a bloody mary without the booze (often called a 'Virgin Mary', with the virgin indicating, as GB said, an alcohol free drink).

Slightly off topic, if you like BM's, my favorite bottled mix is Big Tom. It is made in the UK (and difficult and expensive to find here) but have found it fairly easy to find in England.

There are also many ways one can gin up a screwdriver (a drink with orange juice) while leaving out the gin, OK, vodka actually, but you get the idea. A bit of lemon lime soda, some grenadine, other fruit juices, the variations are manifold.

And there are all kinds of other drinks that can be made sans ethanol, and most nightclubs or upscale places should be able to accomodate you.

However, if you are talking about your standard local, most I have been in are not prepared to make the fancy drinks.

Also, if you want a weak drink, I do not believe British bartenders can vary the amount of alcohol they pour; they always have those dispensers that dole out a specific amount. The laws there are very firm about about you getting your full measure (which is usually pretty scant when you are talking about hard booze, IMHO, hic again), so I don't know if they can make a 'weak drink' by cutting back on the liquor content.

But you can always add more mix.

Or request your measure in a separate glass and add it to the mix as you wish.

You do not have to drink any more than you wish to. Tell the bartender what you want and see what he/she can do.

Welcome aboard cheffrankie. Hope we hear from you often.

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