So for the New Year, Brian has challenged me to give up Diet Dr. Pepper. Leading up to December 31st, he kept mentioning it to me (he even went so far to put my “last” DDP in my stocking) and I kept ignoring his pleas hoping I’d somehow get off the hook. But once December 31st came around, I could tell he had no intention of giving up on this. You’re probably thinking, “What a mean husband”! But I should preface this by saying that I’ve been drinking Diet Dr. Pepper multiple times a day for probably 15 years. I’m definitely addicted. I’ve started getting bad headaches in the past year. I have spider veins and bad skin. And I crave sugar and bread way more than the normal person. I’ve heard many “rumored” affects of diet colas, so I guess Brian wants me to see if giving up cokes of all kind for one year will help with any of these areas I struggle with. So I had my last Diet Dr. Pepper on January 1st…it has been a rough few days. The worst are just the cravings for it. Nothing else sounds quite as refreshing and delicious. I had headaches for the first 2 days and that’s it! I expected the worst possible circumstances…pounding headaches, shaky hands, irritability, etc. Maybe this won’t be so bad after all! Maybe.
To take it’s place, I will probably be drinking more coffee (there wasn’t a rule against that!), chai’s, juices, Kool Aid (yes, we like Kool Aid…it’s cheap), lemonade, cider beer, margi’s, and this special concoction…
Introduced to us by my dad, this cranberry/sparkling water is a good replacement for soda. I am willing to give up this top-secret family recipe to you!
Your ingredients are Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice with Lime (or any juice), Perrier with Lime (or other sparkling water), and ice. I also think a lime, orange slice, or other garnish would be a fun addition for a party or just to treat yourself.
First, fill your cup half way with ice. Then, pour in the Perrier water til about the half way point.
Top of your drink with the cranberry juice. You may want to stir it a bit.
Then, you can sit back and enjoy!