Yup. Just plain hot water. No tea bag, no lemon wedge, honey or cinnamon and apparently, that's odd. Every time I order it, the server raises an eyebrow and says, "Are you sure?"
Yes, I'm sure.
Well, I guess they don't think so, because invariably, the cup shows up with a lemon on the side. Once I got an orange slice, but I think that was just a mistake or a joke. Either way, I don't know why people think my order is strange, but they definitely do.
Coffee and tea have never been my favorites. I already have a fast metabolism and coffee does not do me any favors. I love the smell, but the attraction ends there. I don't find tea very appetizing either. When I was little, my mom used to give it to us when we were sick, so tea has always had a negative connotation. I only drank it when I wasn't feeling well. It was soothing, but one afternoon, when I had a nasty cold, I ran out of bags.
I was still craving something hot, but not really feeling well enough to go to the store, so I settled for just lemon in my mug. Not bad. It was hot and tasty and did the trick. After two days of trying to ease my sore throat, the lemons were gone. That's when the plain water addiction began.
At first it was different. Bland. Eventually though, it became the drink I craved and what could be better for you than water? The surgeon general, or somebody, recommends eight glasses of it a day. I don't believe there's any mention of it being cold. It has no calories, it's purifying, calms my stomach, warms my insides and pairs well with everything from scrambled eggs to tacos.
Until I leave the house.
That's when I get into hot water.
I've grown to expect the responses I get at restaurants and usually try to mitigate the waiter or waitress' questions and blank stares with a self deprecating, "I know, I'm boring." My family loves that...but wait.
It gets better.
The kids behind the counter at Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts have absolutely no idea what to do with me. Order a double caramel, decaf iced latte with whole milk, half and half and whipped cream and they're on it. Tell them you'd like a large hot water and watch the fun begin. Trying to figure out what to charge me is the best part. There's no button on the register for hot water.
In most cases the water is free, but the cup, now that's a different story...and the price is always a mystery. I have paid anywhere from a quarter to two bucks...in the exact same shop. It varies on factors I am clearly unaware of. Certainly keeps it interesting though.
Want more? Ok.
Grabbing coffee with a girlfriend? Normal, right?
"Hey, how about meeting for a cup of water?" Not so normal.
So I say coffee and then have to explain the lack of it during our visit. That usually takes a good ten to fifteen minutes. Keep in mind this takes place right after the fun of ordering.
"You're drinking hot water?"
"Nothing in it?"
"You don't want a tea bag?"
"No thank you."
"No. I'm good."
"How can you drink that?"
"Well, it's water."
"But there's nothing in it."
"Water's in it."
"But it's hot water."
That statement is usually accompanied by a scrunchy face. Then there's an uncomfortable silence until I launch into my this is how I got here explanation.
Nothing's more fun than a juicy afternoon chatting about water with your girlfriends, right?
Of course, most of my friends get it now. I mean, it's been my beverage of choice for a pretty long time. They may quietly think it's weird, but usually have the mug out and the kettle on when I come over and no one breaks stride anymore while I am delivering my drink dissertation along with my dinner order.
It's actually become kind of a joke.
A few years back, we were out, watching a friend's band play. One of the guys went to the bar and bought a round for our group. He came back with a tray full of shot glasses ~ nine tequilas and one hot water.
Ha ha. Very funny.
I would love to have been a fly on the wall listening to that order.
The pathetic part was that I was the only one who couldn't knock back my shot in one gulp.
Oh well, at least it didn't come with fruit.
What's your go-to drink?