For this Friday Five, I'm linking up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What, and Mar at Mar on the Run. The theme for this week is five favorite fall drinks.
I will admit, I am a pretty boring drinker with almost every meal consisting of primarily just water. However, a few drinks during this time of year do stand out. While my list may looks like that of a five-year-old's, it is also characteristically me.
1. Hot Chocolate: Without a doubt, I could drink hot chocolate non-stop from the moment the temperature drops below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. As a self-proclaimed chocoholic, with affirmation from my wife who claims I can sniff it out anywhere in the house, anything containing that sweet substance is for me. I have to admit, in trying a variety of hot chocolate drinks from various establishments, Starbucks wins out. It is just so dang good!
2. Hot Apple Cider: In close second, warm apple cider hits the stop when hot chocolate is unavailable. I am sure that this is due to the sheer amount of sugar content in the drink, but it tastes oh so amazing. While I have had fresh cider (my in-laws used to own a wooden cider press), I'll take whatever form of the drink I can get. Of all my drink choices, this one is probably the most seasonal since the shelves become suddenly vacant of it the moment the leaves are no longer on the trees.
3. Sparkling Grape Juice: When my wife and I first started dating, neither of us were 21. In order to celebrate the various holidays, we would go to the store and pick up a bottle of sparkling grape juice as our festive drink of choice. For ten years now, this tradition has continued. As we move through the fall holidays and into the winter celebrations, our table will have a bottle of grape juice sitting on it, but of course being poured into fancy wine glasses.
4. Water: Yes, I did include water in my fall drink list not only because it is my drink of choice, but more from a running perspective. As the months get colder, we sometimes forget that our hydration needs do not necessarily decrease. Even if we may not be drenched in sweat at the end of a autumn run, we still need to replenish our H2O supply. Amidst the other festive drinks of the season, continue to keep up with your water intake.
5. Soup Broth: During the summer months, grilled chicken and fresh veggies are a staple for meals. However, once the cool air blows in, the soup cans appear. Once I have eaten all the goodies in my chicken noodle soup, I love drinking the broth. It's alway tasty, filling, and hits the spot. I would therefore consider broth as a legitimate fall drink.
What fall drink tops your favorite list?