Refreshing, Caffeine-Free Afternoon Drink: Coconut Water

I have given up caffeine under doctor's orders (boo hoo) and am looking for fun beverages to help get me through the day. I've found it's not really the tea or coffee I'm missing, it's more the comfort of sipping something warm or at room temperature while working away at my desk. It's part of my daily ritual to pour myself a tea and nibble on a few biscuits come four o'clock. Now, I'm onto a small glass of coconut water.

Coconut water certainly lacks that jolt of caffeine and sugar rush from my usual black tea, lots of milk and plenty of sugar routine, but it's refreshing and delicious. It also reminds me of traveling through Southeast Asia and the adventuring I did there.

Nothing beats a fresh coconut with a straw to sip on a hot day, but I'm channeling that feeling through the next best thing, a little glass of coconut water as I blog into the afternoon.

What's your favorite afternoon pick-me-up beverage? Does it include caffeine, or have you found an alternative sort of jolt?

Related: Coconut Water vs. Coconut Juice: What's the Difference?

(Image: Leela Cyd Ross)

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