Following on from a thread about alcoholic units per week, what is your favourite non-heavy drink; you know, something to sip at and pass the time of day over lunch, with friends, at a barbie, etc? On a hot summer's day: Pimm's - the classic version. A good substitute is tinto verano (sp) a Spanish drink with equal measures of red wine and lemonade (or Sprite) with a generous helping of Vermouth, and some sliced fruit. Gin & tonic is never wrong. A good (or bad) brandy on a cold, dark, wet, winter's evening, after an hour or two out on the bike, skiing, walking around the shops etc. A good real ale in the pub with mates. A good red at a dinner party (although Swedes don't really do them - they just get wrecked on the homemade moonshine!). What do you recommend to get into a state of inner contentment? And what do you take to limit the effects of a killer hangover? Neurofen and a few large glasses of water if I've got my wits about me, otherwise I suffer!