Creative Non-Alcoholic Beverages
WaterIt's customary to serve water, either still or sparkling, with lunch or dinner. Use tap or bottled water depending on your water quality. You don't have to go with a fancy, imported variety either—sparkling water produced locally may not have the same caché as imported, but it's easier on the pocketbook and on the carbon footprint.
JuicesFruit or tomato juices are traditionally served at breakfast and brunch. Go for fresh-squeezed juice whenver you can. There's a rainbow of color and flavor out there: pomegranate, cranberry, orange, mango, guava, papaya, apple, pineapple, grape, and grapefruit, to name a few.
SpritzersEven the name sounds fun! Mix fruit juice or syrups with sparkling water for a refreshing pick-me-up.
Mulled ciderHot spiced cider will quickly warm up your fall or winter parties. Make your own spice mix (cloves, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange peel are a nice combination) and invest in a super-sized tea ball for steeping.