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2 hours ago, WishMeSmaller said:

Make yourself some low sugar sangria with dry red wine and diet orange soda. The bubbles from the orange soda are minimal to non-existent when mixed with the wine. I like about 60-40 wine to soda mix, but adjust to suit your tastes. This was just my go to while camping over the 4th. Alcohol hits me way harder these days, so use caution.

Ooooohhh this sounds like it's right up my alley.

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12 hours ago, Arabesque said:

I used to have a large glass of wine every night. I loved gin & scotch & champagne & a good martini. Since surgery I only have a drink about once a month. I don’t miss it at all. My friends all enjoy a drink or several but it doesn’t stop me socialising with them at all. I spend time with them to spend time with them not to drink. I take ages to drink a glass of alcohol now & often don’t finish it all. Sometimes I agree to a glass but only have a sip or two & really just hold the glass.

I had my first drink at about 6 weeks post surgery - my cousin’s 40th. It took me hours to drink that gin & tonic - at least the tonic became super flat.

My taste buds have changed & a lot of alcohol is too sweet now - even non sweet alcohol. Honestly I don’t enjoy it in the same way. I don’t enjoy champagne much anymore - the shock the horror! I haven’t had a martini in two years.

I find gin & tonic best because of the bitterness of the tonic I think. I had my first scotch last month (I always drink it neat) & it was ok.

Yeah I can totally socialize without drinking but I WANT to have a drink with the family. It's been years since I've seen them and we have a birthday to Celebrate while they're here too. Just want to be able to have a drink or two. Not going hog wild for sure. And who knows, I may find my tastes for it all have changed too and I won't want it. LOL

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Soooo, turns out I tried what WishMeSmaller suggested and mixed the red wine with some diet orange soda. I filled my cup with ice and a little wine and the soda. I took it slow and drank it over 45 min/an hour and didn't feel it at all. No buzz, no nothing. Only had the one cup. Would probably try it again in the future.

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