5 After 5, Beverage Edition

Are you already looking for an end to the summer heat, or has your warm weather just begun?

Regardless, a refreshing beverage is most welcome during these dog days, so see if your favorites made the list!

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It's time for another round of 5 After 5!  In case you missed it, last week's list was favorite ice cream flavors and if you're new to this series, you can read more about it here - then catch up on all the old editions here.

Today I've got my list of 5 to share, as well as next week's topic for you to stew about over the upcoming days.

And this series is a link party, so be sure to scroll down and join in all the fun with us this week!

Favorite Beverages

I've got to be honest and say that I'm pretty much just a water gal. I've never liked soda or coffee and although I'm up for an occasional glass of OJ if someone's offering, I really just always prefer water.

Now, I do drink milk sometimes, but that's only at night and only for dessert.

Yes, milk is my dessert.

However, this wouldn't be much of a list if I just wrote down water, water, and more water, so I decided to really get crazy and list the top adult beverages which I choose to imbibe.

1. Wine

I can't remember if I shared this before or not, but I don't think I'd ever really had wine until I took my first trip overseas and discovered that it was cheaper to guzzle down a carafe of fermented grape juice than it was to drink -- you guessed it -- water.

And that first trip overseas just happened to be to Italy, so I pretty much returned home as the new resident wino.

2. Radler

I'm not a beer gal, but I gave it my best go the first time I traveled around Germany. Half the time, I'd just end up going back to wine -- until I discovered the Radler.

It's known as a Shandy here in the States and I'm sure it's considered a super-lightweight drink since it's 50% beer and 50% lemonade, but I don't care because that stuff is delicious!

3. Grappa

Although I'd been to Italy a couple of times, it wasn't until I met G that I learned about this drink.

It's basically a brandy that's made from all the gunk that's left over (stems, seeds, skins, etc.) after they make wine.

The first time I had it was actually down in Miami, at the home of G's best friend from grad school, when we all sat on his balcony sipping a batch of the stuff that he'd made himself -- I guess you learn a thing or two about grappa-making when you spend half a decade living in Rome!

4. Gin

I was almost 40 before I ever set foot in a bar. It was in Amsterdam and it was specifically to try Genever. G and I had been learning all about it during our stay and wanted to do a classic Coke versus Pepsi taste-test between the Oud and the Jong.

I can't remember which one won, but I do remember that I liked the stuff.

Back at home, we've tried a few different gins, but my favorite is Terroir Gin, which I call, "Christmas Tree in a bottle."

If you ever have a chance to try it, I guarantee you'll be changing the name, too.


5. Becherovka

I actually never encountered this treasure during my time spent in the Czech Republic.

G discovered it just a few months ago and it immediately became "my favorite."

It is composed mainly of an overwhelming anise flavor -- which I usually can't stand, but it combines it with other spicy notes in such a way that I've named this one "European Christmas Market in a bottle."

OhMyGoodness, it is just so interesting and if I close my eyes for just a moment, I can pretend I'm strolling amongst rows of wooden stalls, lights twinkling in the trees and wonderful music tinkling through the air, while perfectly-powdered snowflakes lightly dust my hair.

Of course, when the glass is empty, I'm right back in the sweltering heat of hot Florida, but for a moment I'm transported out of these lean, no-travel years to a magical place.

Well, now that you've read this list, you probably think I turn into a total lush while traveling -- which isn't entirely true... 

Unless the drink is cheaper than water.

For next week:

Ways to celebrate 4th of July

We usually always spend the 4th at the same place, but this year we're mixing things up a bit. What aspects of the day do I enjoy the most? Check back next week to see if they're the same as yours!

That's right, every post will be read, pinned and tweeted!  

Every Saturday, just stop by one of our blogs to add your own list of five, then pop over and read as many other posts as you're able to each week - treat it like a true party and really mix it up and mingle with our fun little community!

The rules are simple:  just write your own list following the prompt each week (feel free to interpret it loosely - or in a unique way!), follow both of the hosts on the social media channel of your choice, and then get into the spirit of the party by grabbing your favorite beverage or snack and reading the lists of the other party-goers.

Your Hosts:

Lisa, at Syncopated MamaFacebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Google+ // Bloglovin'
Samantha, at Motivated DaysTwitter // Pinterest // Google+ 

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