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What is your favorite summer drink?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on June 7, 2006

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“Gin and tonic. I love gin and tonics made with Bombay Sapphire. It’s crisp and refreshing. They make me feel a few degrees cooler.”

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“The best thing to drink in the summer is a Boulevard Sunshine Wheat with a lemon.”

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“A mojito because it’s fresh-tasting and minty, and I like to drink them outside.”

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“I work pretty hard during the week, so I would say Gatorade Monday through Friday and cold Bud Light on the weekends.”

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Ken Miller 12 years ago

a long, tall sip of success. Served cold. Like justice.

neopolss 12 years ago

What a set of freakshows they picked for today's question! And not to seem picky, but whatever happened to the tall glass of lemonade, or ice filled glass with Coke? These young kids instantly thought liquor when they were asked about drink.

Aileen Dingus 12 years ago

Water is good. :) Iced coffee with lots of frou frou girly flavors in it is good.

If I'm going to have booze, then a vodka tonic hits the spot.

sgtwolverine 12 years ago

Vanilla Coke. Yes, I know they stopped making the mass-produced stuff, but it was always better if I made it myself anyway.

YourItalianPrincess 12 years ago

Coke is one of the worse things you can drink. If you can clean your car battery off, clean the rust from your toilet and kill mice and other rodents with it, then why would you want to drink it.

I'm a water ( lots of it ) in the summer and well most of the year. I have always been a water drinker ever since I can remember.

On a night out with the girls I enjoy a good Long Island Ice Tea.

Redzilla 12 years ago

Cold tea, with the ice removed, so it can more easily be glugged down when you come in out of the heat.

KSChick1 12 years ago

cold water, white wine, and the occasional Bud Light

Dixie Jones 12 years ago

what does long island ice tea have in it.. as you can tell i dont consume too much achololic beverages

paladin 12 years ago

Agua, from one of my two plastic milk jugs I carry with me. rt-I figured you for a Makers Mark straight up kinda guy. But you also drive a Japanese pick-em-up, and I woulda thought an F-150. Things aren't always as they seem, I spose.

staff04 12 years ago

LIT is equal parts vodka, gin, rum, triple sec, sweet and sour mix, and top with a splash of coke.

Regionally, some people also include tequila, but where I learned to bartend, that is called a texas tea.

staff04 12 years ago

Oh, and gin and tonicah is a new summertime favorite for me.

sgtwolverine 12 years ago

This is good Coke reading:

Watch out for that orange juice!

acg 12 years ago

Long island ice tea is 7 shots of liquor with a splash of coke for that slightly brown color. A good one is made with tequilla, rum, vodka, triple sec gin and a bit of sour mix. I like sangria, if it's made right. Most people don't make it right at all. That's a nice summery drink. A double shot of jack on the rocks is also a nice summery drink....or wintery drink or just because it's Tuesday drink.....

canyon_wren 12 years ago

An occasional gin and tonic or Rhine wine over ice; beer on a hot, hot day. Homemade lemonade or limeade with real lemons or limes. Iced tea, of course. And a refreshing, simple punch made with mostly Squirt and a shot of cranberry-apple juice.

sunflower_sue 12 years ago

Lots of Iced green tea with lemon during the week (NO SUGAR!!!) and margarita's on the weekend. :o)

gccs14r 12 years ago

Seagram's VO and Squirt. A buddy of mine calls it a Summertime Slammer.

If I'm drinking for thirst, then my beverage of choice is room-temperature water.

acg 12 years ago

That's awesome sgt, thanks. I'm going to print that and stuff it in my hubby's face the next time he starts to bust my chops about drinking a coke. I don't say anything about the 4 pots of coffee he consumes every day, but I have one coke and he acts like I was shooting up smack or something. :)

MomMeg 12 years ago

Southern Comfort and cranberry juice with a little bit of ice -- best sipped on the back deck at the end of a hot day -- that's my pick. The kiddos seem to drink lots of grape and tropical punch kool-aid this time of year!!

sgtwolverine 12 years ago

Internet forwards die harder than Bruce Willis.

Wait -- what happens when I invoke the name of Bruce Willis? Is that disastrous?

Funny Willis-related story: my brother and his wife live in South Korea for two years. While there, they had a baby. Their baby, a girl, is very white, has blue eyes, and for a long time, had very little hair -- all three a rarity in Seoul. When she was a few months old, a Bruce Willis movie started playing in Seoul, and there were movie posters prominently featuring Willis with a minimum of hair on his head. On one occasion, a Korean told my brother and sister-in-law -- with good intentions, not bad -- that their daughter looked like Willis.

So apparently Bruce Willis looks like a six-month-old girl.

YourItalianPrincess 12 years ago

I just tried to Google these myths about coke and found really nothing. Are these just urban legends or are they true?

I know for a fact that my uncle ( before he left Kansas and moved back to Cali ) used to use coke to kill the mice in the big garage at his house. Something about coke, mice and rats belching. Who knows now it true?

With a little splash of coke in my long island, I'm not to worried. Where I go with the girls, they make awesome teas, but will have to check out Molly's now also.

ms_canada 12 years ago

Favourite drink? Lemonade, nice and cold and the odd glass of well chilled Riesling if the time is right.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 12 years ago

I guess most of us drink booze no matter how hot it is outside.

There is a mexican restaurant in N. Lawrence (the name escapes me) that has THE BEST LIMEADES on the planet. What is that place called?! Over by the train tracks, with the great outdoor patio.

adavid 12 years ago

i didn't know the rats belched to death when they drank coke--i just drown them in it. whatever works

acg 12 years ago

La Familia? El Tropicana? It's one of those, oldenuf, right?

sgtwolverine 12 years ago

R_I: Hell? No.

I know there was a 6.6.06 party in Hell, but it wasn't worth the effort for me. It's easier to read about it later. Plus, Hell jokes abound in Michigan because of the town, so it's just another one on the list. Hell, MI is a big destination around Halloween (some like to get their mail postmarked there); there's a Run Through Hell (with t-shirts, of course, that say, "I Ran Thru Hell"); a friend of mine once had a boyfriend from Hell (even better: he was the son of a pastor). In the winter, Hell often freezes over (though disappointingly, nothing bizarre happens).

acg 12 years ago

I was watching a bit on the news about Hell last night. It was too funny because they said there were 73 residents in the town and like 69 of them were at the party and 3 of them were protesting it. They showed these three angry people with a big sign moaning about how inapproriate it was to have a 6/6/06 party. I was thinking, where better to have a 6/6/06 party than in Hell? I guess some people just aren't happy unless they're b**ching.

Dixie Jones 12 years ago

  1. In many states in the USA the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the truck to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.

  2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of coke and it will be gone in two days.

  3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the "real thing" sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.

  4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers, rub the bumper with a crumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.

  5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals, pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.

  6. To loosen a rusted bolt, applying a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

  7. To bake a moist ham, empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before the ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.

  8. To remove grease from clothes, empty a can of coke into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.

  9. The active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. Its Ph is 2.8. It will dissolve a nail in about four days.

  10. To carry Coca-Cola syrup (the concentrate) the commercial truck must use hazardous material place cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.

  11. The distributors of coke have been using it to clean the engines of their trucks for about 20 years!
    What is coke doing to your body?

Now the question is, would you like a glass of water or a glass of coke?

namzti 12 years ago

The La Familia is on New Hampshire. The La Tropicana and the El Matador are both on Locust by the tracks. I believe they are within a block of each other.

sunflower_sue 12 years ago

Oldenuf, there are only 2 mex restaurants by the tracks. One is La Tropicana and the other is El Matador. Has to be one of those 2.

RI, Lime Kool-aid? Really?

southerngirl 12 years ago

Diet coke cold-no ice Diet cherry limeaide from sonic Margaritas or Smithwicks beer (found mostly on the East coast.)

Ceallach 12 years ago

I think La Tropicana is the one with the really nice patio. One of the owners also make cakes for special occasions. She is tremedously talented. My daughter ordered one for my g-daughter's birthday a couple of years ago. The caterer is so creative, and reasonably priced.

OTS: Iced green tea, limeaid, and on special occasions Sangria -- ole :)

Thanks for the link, sgt. I knew the gastric acid in our stomach is stronger but didn't have time to find substantiation.

Ceallach 12 years ago

RI, now I know -- everytime I see the lime Kool-aid packages I wonder -- does anyone really like that stuff? I favor black cherry myself.

YourItalianPrincess 12 years ago

Peaches..........Thats what I read, but apparently theres info on Snopes that says its all a myth. Who knows......

I don't like the way coke tastes. Its to carbinated for me. I'm not a pepsi, dr. pepper, or any kind of cola drinker. I am a mountain dew, rootbeer, a at times an orange drinker. Depends on the mood I'm in I guess. I know mountain dew has tons of caffiene in it, but it goes down smoothly too.

I'm not a coffee drinker.........never have been. In fact I don't even own a coffee maker. I don't even care for the smell of coffee.

What my family laughs about is.........I'm Italian and I don't like wine. To me its also to carbinated and that also includes champagne. To many bubbles for this lady.

merrywidow033 12 years ago

they did an episode on myth busters about the cola urban legends, they proved them all wrong. (as far as i can remember, i wasn't paying too much attention) those legends always seem like ways of getting kids not to drink soda too much shrug

i was once told you could use cola to clean your toilet. it really didn't work, and i think i'll stick to bleach. (which, i found out, breaks down to water and salt!)

muffaletta 12 years ago

Ususally margaritas on the rocks, but I'm carrying my first child this summer so it's water, water and more water!

I'd likely kill for a good limeade, though, have we heard whether it's Tropicana or Matador? Most limeades in town are awful.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 12 years ago

El Tropicana. That's the one. A really good limeade, indeed. I suspect they may be using key limes.

The wife and I were there on the patio a couple of weeks ago and watched the art gallery go by. I kid you not: most of the graffitti on the passing trains was really quite good.

And yes, Sonic is a Mexican restaurant. If you get the breakfast burritto, they will offer you a packet of salsa. Mexican food.

Janet Lowther 12 years ago

Sekanjabin, a drink made of mint, water, wine vinegar & sugar is the best summer drink ever.

To make the concentrate:

4 cups sugar 2.5 cups water 1 cup wine vinegar 1 large handful of fresh or dried mint

Heat water in a pot and add the sugar stirring 'till it all dissolves. Add the vinegar. Simmer stirring for a half hour. Bring to a boil, add the mint, remove from heat, cover and allow to steep 'till cool. Strain out the mint and bottle.

Dilute with water at a rate of somewhere between 4 and 10 parts water to 1 part concentrate according to your taste.

Ceallach 12 years ago

muffaletta, congratulations!!! One day your unborn child will appreciate your sacrifice. I have friends who have adopted several special needs children -- children that would otherwise have been healthy -- forever effected by the alcohol or worse consumed by their mother. Every level of achievement by these little ones required tremendous effort from them and their care givers.

La Tropicana

KSChick1 12 years ago

coke does all that and tastes great too! yippeee!

GreenEyedBlues 12 years ago

Paladin, I think your favorite drink would depend on what level you are. [Morning Glory Dew] is standard, but if you're among the right people, [Conjured Crystal Water] really hits the spot. :D

acg 12 years ago

In the morning? WTH? I have never been able to understand getting up in the morning and drinking alcohol. The thought makes me ill.

craigers 12 years ago

If I have done some nice hard yard-work, then a cold beer in a frosted mug. Other than that, I could go with Gatorade, water, or Dt. Dr Pepper.

mztrendy 12 years ago

I bet you'd be surprised at how many people are still drunk in the mornings on their way to work....

mztrendy 12 years ago

actually Bob, I heard they are looking for someone that they suspect will be driving the turnpike at one point or another today. Don't know how much of that is accurate, but thats the word where I work!

Linda Endicott 12 years ago

Water, coffee in the morning when I first get up. I need something to make my eyes pop open!

For hot days when I'm really thirsty, I like ice water or iced tea best. I drink Coke, and I don't believe the crap they say about it. The corrosive effects of pop are due to citric acid in it, and the carbonation. These things are in ALL sodas, not just Coke. But from what I've read, human stomach acid does a pretty good job of neutralizing it.

As for the mice thing, I was always told that the reason Coke kills mice is because of the carbonation. Mice can't burp, so the gas builds up in their digestive tract and kills them. Any kind of pop would work for this.

Ceallach 12 years ago

TOB: just when we thought we were safe in the no smoking areas :) Thanks, Bob, your link gave the entire office staff a much needed laugh break. Until we realized that it represents more of our tax dollars at work!!!!

JHawker 12 years ago


3/4 lime crushed/mushed up. 1 Tablespoon Raw Brown Sugar mushed up with lime 1-3 shots of Cachaca. [brand name PITU. found in rum section of liqour stores.] fill up with crushed ice. mix it all up - the dirtier it looks the better it is. put in a straw - and drink up! this is a fabulous drink from Brazil. delightfully fresh and perfect for the summer time!

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