Have you ever met a finicky beverage drinker? Let's just say you have now. For me, it can never just be a plain old anything. "I'll have a coke". Nah. Not me. I'm the half and half drinker. All of my favorite beverages contain 1/2 of one drink and 1/2 of another.
First and foremost, the Arnold Palmer. 1/2 iced tea and 1/2 lemonade. One of the best beverages on the planet. Only problem, it has to be freshly made ingredients. If the waitress walks up with an Arnold Palmer made with Pink Lemonade, I just cringe inside. Or if they make it with pre-sweetened tea, it's just appalling. I've learned most of the ins and outs of where to order an Arnold Palmer from experience.Trust me, it's hit or miss in the Arnold Palmer department.
Then, there's the Shandy. Now the Shandy has many variations. It's most well known for being 1/2 ale (preferably Bass) and 1/2 lemonade, although I order it with Sprite. A good pal in jolly ol' England turned me onto this tasty treat. It's right up my alley, confusing to the wait staff and tasty going down.
Interesting enough, in Germany the Shandy or Radler started in the 1920's when a pub owner started to run out of beer, after 13,000 cyclists frequented his establishment. He began filling the beer glasses with 1/2 lemonade to extend the beer and told the cyclists it was to keep them from falling off their bicycles. HA!
Lastly, but most importantly is Chai. It's an Indian Spiced tea. 1/2 milk 1/2 chai concentrate. If it's too sweet, I have to turn it down. I love it hot, cold, iced, any way you offer it up to me. I've even started dabbling in Chai making at home, haven't been overly impressed by my batches, but in time I see it happening.
Sometimes being out of the ordinary when ordering beverages, doesn't always work out in my favor. Like the waitress that brought me a 1/2 a guinness 1/2 lemonade, when I ordered 1/2 Bass 1/2 Sprite. Yeah, not even close.
Maybe i'll just slip into a more mainstream approach to beverage consumption, like whiskey straight up or Pepsi, please. Nah.