I grew up in a home where pop and other sugary drinks were reserved for special occasions like birthday parties or holiday celebrations. I knew something special was coming soon when I saw a two litre bottle of something fizzy come home with the other groceries.
The days of my childhood are behind me now. As an adult my tastes are different. I find the occasional root beer float quite satisfying and nostalgic. However, I mainly associate sugary drinks with childhood parties. I've moved on.
Several months ago I went to a movie with my spouse where the lead character was an eerily intelligent ape. As has become our habit, we brought our travel mugs to fill up with tea or coffee at the theatre. When I got to the front of the line and asked for "two teas please" I was taken aback to hear that this theatre no longer served tea or coffee. I asked what else was on offer and my disappointment grew—only pop, juice and bottled water. I felt like I was back at the kiddie table during our family get-togethers drinking some sugary drink while the grown-ups had their tea.
I know that pop and juice are high in sugars, that theatre sized beverages tend to be oversized, and that given a choice, water is the best hydration alternative. But, I like my water straight out of the tap and am reluctant to pay theatre prices for bottled water. Determined to get something to drink, I somewhat grudgingly settled on a 450 ml bottle of apple juice. (This bottle size contains nearly twice the recommended 250 ml serving of juice for adults, so we shared it—I'm not big on sweet drinks).
That experience, small as it was, has lingered in my mind. I think that it bothered me because I felt like I didn't have any adult beverage options. As a child, it was a treat to have pop at a special event, but as an adult, I don't feel like mindlessly chugging back 20 tsp of liquid sugar while I watch apes take over the world. All I want is a cup of tea.
Do you think of some beverages as being more adult than others? Have your tastes in beverages changed over time?