From time to time, various circumstances force me to become a non drinker. I still love going to pubs, but the range of drinks on offer is very poor, after two pints of lemonade I feel sick. So, two questions: What can a non-drinker drink that's not going to make them feel as vile as if they'd drank cheap lager, and why - given that they're not paying as much duty on soft drinks - are they as expensive as the regular drinks? I know people have to make a profit, but last night I went into a pub in The Forest of Dean, and paid 20p for a pint of lime and soda, 20p! Try this in a pub in London.
Have you tried ginger beer (preferably D&G - it tastes of ginger not sugar) and lime?
It's tasty, but will still be expensive. Your point about duty is v true. I used to think it was odd paying the same for a soft drink as for a beer on the continent, but it makes sense in places where alcohol duty is v low and the price of a drink is really the price of some service and a chair to sit on, etc. However, we seem to have adopted continental pricing whilst not recognising that the duty on alco-drinks is so significant as to make a big difference in profit margin when selling all drinks at the same prices (hope that made sense)
When I'm not drinking, I find very cold Kaliber works with curries. Klausthaler lager (0.5%) is good in pints and with lemonade or ginger beer in shandies. Double orange juice and soda in a pint glass is a good thirstquencher. Red grape juice is quite acceptable where I would usually drink red wine - white grape juice is yuk, though. Purdeys silver label or elderflower fizzy water are good white wine subs.
In fact, Purdeys silver is really good anytime, as it contains exotic psychostimulant herbs - berrybark and damiana - as well as ginseng. Hic man!
Thanks for the tips, although as I'm trying to avoid stimulants at the moment, I don't think "psychostimulant herbs" are a good idea. I spotted Kaliber at The Spitz last week, but didn't want to pay £2.50 for a bottle. I'll keep an eye out for the Klausthaler. D&G ginger beer - that's not that designer label is it? If it is I look forward to the other fashion houses joining in, Givenchy bitter anyone? Yves St. Laurent lager?