Taste Testing Non-Alcoholic Drinks

zeke_june25_poptails_post.jpg

Photo by skunks/Flickr CC

What do you do when you are a famous chef with everything--a famous chain of restaurants, your own TV show, books etc--but need to show you are still inventive and fame has not killed the inspiration?

Non-alcoholic drinks. Great restaurants have wine pairings to appeal to the discerning wine drinkers--actually to help people who do not know much experience fantastic wines and to give those who know a lot many different tastes. But what about the rest of us--people who don't drink or can tolerate only 3 or 6 ounces of alcohol?

I love the idea of new beverages by leading chefs to be paired with great dishes.

Charlie Trotter has come up with "Beverage Accompaniment" that offers non-alcoholic drinks paired just the way the wines are paired.

The first one was pineapple and geranium. It did not sound appealing. I find pineapple too syrupy and thick and cannot imagine geranium as a drink. But it was fantastic, light and refreshing. Just a hint of the pineapple taste with real tang and a subtle, flowerly long aftertaste--the geraniums you eat in salad made liquid and light!

None of the others worked nearly as well. The fenugreek and lemongrass was so disastrous I could not finish it. The walnut and thyme drink was so rich it was almost chocolaty. The yogurt and mint was a refreshing palate-cleanser but hit no high note. The last drink was peach and lemon. I was hoping for something sweet, tangy, and invigorating. No such luck. It was flat. Not tasteless but so understated that it was hard to pick out the peach taste at all.

I love the idea of new beverages by leading chefs to be paired with great dishes. But at least Charlie Trotter will have to work harder to get more of these drinks right.

Presented by

Ezekiel J. Emanuel is an oncologist, a bioethicist, and a vice provost of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author or editor of 10 books, including Brothers Emanuel and Reinventing American Health Care.

A New York City Minute, Frozen in Time

This wildly inventive short film takes you on a whirling, spinning tour of the Big Apple

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

A New York City Minute, Frozen in Time

This short film takes you on a whirling tour of the Big Apple

Video

What Happened to the Milky Way?

Light pollution has taken away our ability to see the stars. Can we save the night sky?

Video

The Faces of #BlackLivesMatter

Scenes from a recent protest in New York City

Video

Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life

The Supreme Court justice talks gender equality and marriage.

Video

The Pentagon's $1.5 Trillion Mistake

The F-35 fighter jet was supposed to do everything. Instead, it can barely do anything.

More in Health

From This Author

Just In