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Andrew / October 17, 2005 10:53 AM

In the morning, coffee, easy on the cream and sugar.

In the afternoon, Coke Zero or, if the convenience store is out, Diet Coke with Lime.

Emerson Dameron / October 17, 2005 10:54 AM

I've developed a taste for Point, as I automatically develop a taste for whatever my corner bar has on special so long at it isn't Corona. Also, in keeping with my change-of-season ritual, I've slammed cartons of orange juice, which has not kept my nose from running.

jen / October 17, 2005 10:56 AM

i was reminded over the weekend how much i love lindemans framboise. a fruity beer that goes down way too easy and empties your wallet ever-so quickly.

anne / October 17, 2005 11:03 AM

tea with honey at night, so I can try to get some sleep! But this weekend I bought some local apple cider, and I think I'm going to drink that at every meal now.

Andrew / October 17, 2005 11:04 AM

I bought some of those tiny cans of tomato juice last week. 80% daily Vitamin C in 5.5 ounces! Woohoo!

paul / October 17, 2005 11:07 AM

I love scotch. Especially when the weather turns cold. I become distinctively warm and friendly.

misty / October 17, 2005 11:12 AM

blood (for oil, for profit, or just for the hell of it)

j3s / October 17, 2005 11:20 AM

Apple cider from the Green City Market, which goes so well warmed with some spiced rum.

sweetwater / October 17, 2005 11:27 AM

awamori, which is a distilled drink made in okinawa.

Paula / October 17, 2005 11:28 AM

I bought a case if Izzi lightly carbonated fruit drinks at Costco that I'm enjoying quite a bit - especially the pomegranate flavor.

j / October 17, 2005 11:33 AM

98oz of water per day.

Must stay hydrated and healthy...

Rhone / October 17, 2005 11:34 AM

With the fall season upon us, I'm always up for a hot cider. And possibly even more amazing, I discovered the Cherry Cider at Cafe Kopi in Andersonville this weekend!


roderick / October 17, 2005 11:35 AM

Gatorade. After succumbing to heat exhaustion three times this summer, I've found out that water doesn't cut it anymore.

bam / October 17, 2005 11:35 AM

Tis whisky drinking season, nothing goes better with the gray, windy conditions ahead. Though a nice porter or oatmeal stout would likely do the trick too! or some red zin.

Probably need to add more fruit and veggie juices to the mix in hopes of warding off the evil avain flu and other bugs.

Leah / October 17, 2005 11:45 AM

Water, water, water and some coffee. Ever since Yom Kippur, I've been trying to get rehydrated.

Naz / October 17, 2005 11:49 AM

- Water
- OJ (not from concentrate!)

- Gatorade (lemonade flavour only, all of the Gatorade goodness without that weird aftertaste)
- the occasional red Bull

- Woodchuck, amber or dark and dry, on tap preferably
- The aforementioned Lindemans Framboise

Justin / October 17, 2005 11:52 AM

In the morning it's Fair Trade tea, green and/or English Breakfast. At night, Guinness. Ooh, Oatmeal Stout...

slb / October 17, 2005 11:53 AM

It's irish coffee season. Some good coffee, some Jameson - can't be beaten to warm up the gullet and thus the soul...

pima / October 17, 2005 11:55 AM

Peppermint tea...and not the kind with spearmint mixed in. That kind tastes like chewing gum. Just plain peppermint tea with maybe some raw sugar. Caffeine-free coziness.

DCE / October 17, 2005 11:57 AM

Coffee. Always coffee.

Lately, however, I've been caffeinating my evenings with green tea. Not because I want to pollute my body with antioxidants, but because it offers a slightly smoother, less jittery fix than coffee late in the day.

Ian / October 17, 2005 11:59 AM

Morning: Latte's (Intelligentsia Black Cat) from our Espresso machine.

Afernoon: Tea (Assam or English Breakfast) from this tea pot.

Evening: Beer (Pilsner Urquell, 312, Staropramen...) from the fridge.

Amy / October 17, 2005 12:08 PM

At night: Red wine, usually shiraz.
During the day: Water or Iced tea w/lemon
Coffee in the morning only if I really need it.

spiraljetty / October 17, 2005 12:11 PM

black coffee, grape juice, sangria, Red Stripe, water, water, water.

I keep a Big-Gulp sized plastic cup full of water by my bed. I wake up from thirst in the middle of the night, especially after a night of drinking. I chug the water and pass out again. My body thanks me in the morning.

Stephen / October 17, 2005 12:17 PM

Taking the lead from Ian:

  • Morning: Intelligentsia's Nepenthe Organic Blend, black.

  • Afternoon: A nice big glass of iced chai w/ skim milk.

  • Evening: Bell's Oberon Ale - just a few bottles of this left in my fridge; when they disappear I'll officially declare Summer 2005 to be over.

Carrie / October 17, 2005 12:23 PM

Water, water, water. Then I like to mix in a little hot tea. At night, more water and either a Blue Moon or Ketel on the rocks. Since I don't always like to spend $5 on a beer when I go out, I've been drinking good ol' PBR lately. Dollar beer night consists of Old Milwaukee. Yesss, nothing but the best cheap stuff for me!

steven / October 17, 2005 12:26 PM

coffee. esp now that it's getting a bit nippy out.

shermann6 / October 17, 2005 12:29 PM

Actually the new Fresca Sparkling Black Cherry Citrus is quite refreshing.

daruma / October 17, 2005 12:38 PM

Whatever beer happens to be in the fridge, poured in a frosty mug, while I watch the White Sox!

sky / October 17, 2005 12:40 PM

Hate the fall/winter...but love the drinks that come with it...
*Love the apple cider....especially when you get it in a glass and it has brown sugar around the edge.
*Hot Chocolate with my own can of whipped cream which I keep adding to the cocoa over and over.
*My brother in law hails from Wales and with him brought a wicked awesome Mulled Wine recipe which I overendulge in each year.

pang / October 17, 2005 12:52 PM

Because I'm nursing a newborn babe right now, water is the only beverage of choice, sadly. I yearn for apple cider (the hard stuff) and sake.

Veronica / October 17, 2005 12:59 PM

Definitely coffee in the morning and, lately, coffee at night because I'm getting old and I can't make it through to Late Night with Adam Carolla without caffing up. Water and Diet Coke otherwise. And I tried a Manhattan for this first time this weekend and, man!, was it yummy. That's going to quickly become my "usual."

jen / October 17, 2005 1:00 PM

pumpkin ale... why had i never tried this stuff until last week? seriously.

apple cider and rum will be had soon as well.

on the non-alcoholic side, water from the brita and the occasional loose leaf green tea from Chinatown do me well.

christian / October 17, 2005 1:23 PM

In the daytime I tend to drink Pepsi in most of its varieties, and San Pellegrino Aranciata as well.
In the nighttime, Guinness, sometimes Chimay.

swine dining / October 17, 2005 1:29 PM


Schaefer beer is back. "The one beer to have when you're having more than one".

Moon / October 17, 2005 1:32 PM

Soda Club!

waleeta / October 17, 2005 2:21 PM

Water - I cannot get enough of it in this dry, dry weather.

printdude / October 17, 2005 2:47 PM

I always thought Scharefer's Motto was:

"When you're drinking more than 24, Schaefer's is the beeer to pour"

Kevin / October 17, 2005 3:04 PM

Morning - Coffee
Afternoon - Coffee
Evening - Coffee
Bed Time - Coffee
Middle of the night - Get rid of old coffee, replace with new coffee.

matt.T. / October 17, 2005 3:30 PM

Jameson & Ginger Ale, (although Jameson alone on the rocks is always top of the charts, too...)

Roni / October 17, 2005 3:39 PM

Any Pumpkin spiced coffee. Latte. Mocha. Whatever. I love this time of the year! Next up, Peppermint flavored coffees.

davin / October 17, 2005 3:40 PM

ok, so i think i'm ridiculous... BUT
red tea soy teapuccino from Argo tea.
i love it.
i really do.

jk1 / October 17, 2005 3:45 PM

Daily hydration is as follows...

Every day during the morning, I have about 16 ounces of coffee, typically Seattle's Best Henry's Blend. Slightly sweet, chocolatey, nice body and just enough acidity to let it linger on the tongue for a minute.

That's supplemented by a couple cups of coffee later in the day. If I'm lucky, it's the Sumatra blend we have in our single serving dispenser at work.

In between, as much water as I can gulp down and occasionally juice, green tea or a light fruit soda such as Orangina or Izze.

Finally in the evening, I'll have caffeine free Coke and water.

On weekends, I'll add an extra large Intelligentsia Americano, freshly squeezed OJ, barely sweetened green tea, Snapple Peach iced tea, and if fate has smiled on me, Guarana Antarctica, a divine soda from Brazil. If I see something that looks promising, like imported sodas, I'll typically try it. I'm likely to flirt with anything with peach, lime, mango or unusual berries. And, oh yes, IBC Root Beer.

Finally, not being much of a beer connoisseur, I enjoy chilled cider (Hot is good as well) when I can get it. Caipirinhas are great when friends are over, wine is an occasional treat, and I adore Midori and sake.

laura / October 17, 2005 4:03 PM

mornings :
6 shot iced americano
or 2 sugar free red bulls

veggie juice, like those spicy V8s.

single malt scotch

i am dissolving my stomach lining...

julie / October 17, 2005 4:16 PM

monster, vanilla coke, red wine, woodchuck granny smith.

Staci / October 17, 2005 4:35 PM

Lots of water. At lunch I like to have a Fresca, even though my friend makes fun of me, saying "Fresca is for trashy people." Whatever -- it's tasty!

jen*nee / October 17, 2005 4:48 PM

Old Style.
Morning, noon, and night.
(coffee is for wusses!)

c / October 17, 2005 5:03 PM

if fate has smiled on me, Guarana Antarctica, a divine soda from Brazil

jk1, where do you find Guarana Antarctica around here? I was loving that stuff when I was in Rio last year.

Cinnamon / October 17, 2005 5:17 PM

At work, lots and lots of water. Now that it's chilly I've kicked into having a cuppa Roibos in the morning or afternoon, but only one. It's says it's caffeine free, but it can still make me do the jitters. On the occasional day (which has been a lot lately) when I stayed up too late, I'll have a can of Coke even though I end up feeling slightly ill half way through. At night I drink more water, sometimes seltzer, occasionally a beer (whatever is in the fridge) and now that it's winter, I see myself having a nightcap of Galliano. It's too thick to drink in the summer.

And I woke up last night having a dream about meeting the Duchesse de Borgogne so I imagine I'll be having some of that soon. She was very nice and suggested I try it at room temperature instead of cold as I usually do. I always trust my dreams.

jk1 / October 17, 2005 5:34 PM

c -

Happy to help...

There are three places I can think of, not including Fogo de Chao.

The main place I rely on for Brazilian imports is Brasil Legal, 2153 N. Western Avenue, in between Fullerton and Armitage on Western. It's about 3 blocks from the Western El on the O'Hare line, 2 blocks from Margie's Candies. They usually carry two liter bottles and 12 packs, in addition to single cans. (The proprietor, Silvana, also carries a line of salgadinhos, the traditional salty snacks you may have tried in Rio, as well as entrees. Delicious with Guarana Antarctica! She also stocks a lot of grocery items, and an assortment of general goods.)

As a back-up to Brasil Legal, there is a supermercado down the street, near the corner of Fullerton and Western, that stocks it as well. I think it's called Pepe's or something like that. Lastly, you can buy it at El Mercado, the grocery store that's attached to Tango Sur restaurant on Southport. They also carry a sizeable number of chocolates and grocery items from Brazil, although you have to be careful as my wife and I have wound up with expired goods a couple of times.

Anyway, hope this helps. I suffered for a year before finding the stuff in Chicago!

vit / October 17, 2005 5:58 PM

jkl -- my cousin's wife is from Brazil (Sao Paulo) and she and her husband specifically have been known to drive down from Michigan to stock up there. They got me hooked on Guarana Antarctica when I went down a couple years back to visit them when they were living in Brazil.

Leelah / October 17, 2005 8:30 PM

Hot tea with milk and sugar in the morning and at night.

Water in between.

Sangria in the summer. Or iced tea with orange juice.

Eamon / October 17, 2005 10:41 PM

Langer's Cran-Grape and NyQuil. Lots.

shaf / October 17, 2005 11:56 PM

Green Tea

Diet Pepsi

Miller Lite or 312

amyc / October 18, 2005 6:27 AM

Mornings: low-fat chocolate Silk, water, black tea (English Breakfast or Earl Grey, usually)

During the day: more water, green or herbal tea

Evenings: flavored sparkling waterlike Klarbrunn or La Croix, apple cider when it's in season

Those Izze sparkly juice things are fucking addictive. If they weren't so expensive, I'd probably drink them every day. I gave up the sody-pop this year, and I really miss that bubbly sweetness. I don't miss the sugar, the holes in my teeth, or the extra ten pounds, though.

ch / October 18, 2005 9:36 AM

I second the Sparks! Love it.

Carrie / October 18, 2005 10:14 AM

Am I the only one who drinks milk anymore? Oh well, I guess I'll be the one doing handsprings down the nursing home hallway while everyone else is hobbling around with osteoperosis...

Roni / October 18, 2005 10:35 AM

There's milk in my coffee!

I hate milk. So I try to get in lots of yogurt and cheese.

Jeigh / October 18, 2005 10:58 AM

I like coffee in the AM.
Diet Dr. Pepper in the PM.
Amino Vital after a run.
Pepto during the runs.
Peroni on weekends.

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