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Famous Five – Ginger Beer and Lemonade

October 4, 2010 – Joshua says: Just an observation from Blyton's books - Why do the Famous Five always seem to drink ginger beer or lemonade? In the books, you hardly ever here about them drinking water. I wonder why?
October 18, 2010 – Joshua says: Also, why in the Secret Seven is the lemonade often homemade?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Because it tastes better?
October 28, 2010 – Lucinda says: Sometimes they drink the fresh water in the sea, like in Five on a treasure island, and Five go off in a caravan. I think in the meals like breakfast and tea, they might have water, and then when they go adventuring or just have a picnic, they just feel Ginger beer will make it more exciting. As for the homemade lemonade, the Secret Seven might've thought cold water in a jug would be boring, and that lemonade would bring the excitment at a meeting?
Fatty says... Fatty says: There is no fresh water in the sea, Lucinda. To drink sea water (which is salty) would make you very sick! The Five always drank spring water if they had no other drinks.
October 31, 2010 – rogoz says: In Five on a Treasure Island, they had to take some water with them because there was none in the old well.
November 15, 2010 – Evie Stoneman says: Yes, they did enjoy drinking Ginger Beer when on most of their adventures. But sometimes they do drink water, in Five in a Caravan where they met some circus friends (please correct me if I am wrong) they drank water from the spring. I guess that Ginger Beer was a treat to children back then and might have made them feel more adult and mature. Thanks.
November 17, 2010 – Maxine says: In my opinion, I think that Homemade Lemonade and Ginger Beer is more exciting than plain water. They probably drank water during the breaks during the books, when EB skips a bit of the story that doesn't need to be put in, because it doesn't really have anything to do with the story. To me, drinking water is just an ordinary thing. You do it lots of times in a day, and maybe the story might grow really boring and not-worth reading if she put in every time they drank water.
August 31, 2011 – H.R.H says: Funny, I never got the impression that they rarely drank water. Quite the opposite. In nearly every camp they set up they were close to a spring and there was mention of them drinking from it. As for their drinks at tearooms and such, if given the choice, I don't know anyone who would choose water over lemonade, tea, ginger beer or some other more tasty drink. I always found that they drank liquids appropriate to their settings:ie Fresh milk on the farms, spring water at camp sites, lemonade and ginger beer at tea rooms and shops and occasionally at home, etc.
September 22, 2011 – Sonell Malik says: It is strange as to why do the five have the same meals at every place. They must have some difference or the other?
October 5, 2011 – Saky says: I totally agree with H. R. H. In almost all Enid's books, there never is any shortage of food and water. In every book, where they go camping etc, they have lots of food and they always manage to find a convenient spring.
June 17, 2012 – Farwa says: Many characters seem to love ginger-beer, especially the Famous Five. I wondered what brand of ginger beer they drank, because dad brought non-alcoholic ginger beer for me, and I didn't like it very much. I decided that the Famous Five drank another brand of ginger-beer. Can you guys tell me which one they drank?
Bets says... Bets says: I've added your post to an existing discussion on ginger beer.
February 26, 2015 – Evie M says: Perhaps ginger beer/lemonade then was like the coca cola/lucozade of today.
August 9, 2017 – MikeConley says: Hey Evie M, I accept your statement. Ginger beer and Lemonade are just like the Cold Drinks/Fruit Juices.
August 10, 2017 – Paul says: You don't see hegemonic drinks like cola in Enid's True British Tales! It's odd that she doesn't warn her young readers that drinking from a stream in real life could be dangerous as they could be contaminated?

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