How to Date a Girl Who Doesn’t Drink

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“I’m dating a girl who doesn’t drink. I do, and I feel awkward enjoying a cokctail at dinner. What should I do?” —Jacob G., Salt Lake City, UT 

Well, fellas, courtesy is the name of the game here. If her preference is to not sip a brewski at dinner, adapt to her request. Ask, “Mind if I order a drink?” I’ll bet she’ll be cool with it (and admire your gentlemanly ask). If not, enjoy her company without the drink. Or, meet in the middle—mix up a unique mocktail, like this one.

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  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • seltzer water


1) Begin by making lemon-rosemary simple syrup. In a small saucepan, combine lemon juice, sugar, water, and 2 rosemary sprigs. Simmer gently over low heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar has completely dissolved.

2) Continue to simmer for another 2 minutes. set mixture aside to cool. Discard rosemary sprigs.

3) To serve, fill glasses with ice. add 2 parts lemon-rosemary syrup to one part seltzer.

Makes: 4–6 servings

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