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June 04, 2006

What the HELL is that woman drinking?

photo of woman from Rosetta Stone ad

I read a lot of science related magazines (Scientific American, Discover, Technology Review and the like) and they all carry ads for a company called Rosetta Stone that sells foreign language software. Those ads always feature this photo of a woman sitting at an outdoor cafe, laptop at the ready, drink on the table.

After having glanced at this ad perhaps hundreds of times (it really *is* in every science mag every single month) I've become obsessed with wondering just what the hell she's drinking...

close up of drink

...I assume it's not lime Kool-Aid or some mutant strain of Gatoraide, and other than that there just AREN'T that many bright green drinks in the world, and certainly not ones you'd want in a 10 oz tumbler.

Any ideas? Let me know.

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at June 4, 2006 10:37 AM

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Judging from the color, it must be absinthe. Which would make talking in any language irrelevant after the first glass.

Posted by: David at June 8, 2006 01:12 PM

My money's on NyQuil cut with seltzer. Easy to make and quite the conversation starter @ cocktail parties.

Posted by: Kevin at June 10, 2006 06:31 PM

Isn't it what Scottie drank in an episode of Star Trek?

Posted by: Alan R at June 14, 2006 09:45 PM


Green Charteuse or Bols, straight or with water.

Posted by: tunde at June 15, 2006 03:34 AM

Well, the glass looks like it is from the brand "Orangina" (http://www.orangina.fr/). But the color of the drink is not consistent!
My guees is it might just be lemonade and mint.

Posted by: lesinfox at June 15, 2006 05:12 AM

Maybe a diabolo menthe as we call it in France: limonade with mint sirup.

Posted by: Olivier Mengué at June 17, 2006 12:10 PM

yikes all you guys are seriously LOOKING AT THE DRINK?

Posted by: john Barth at July 2, 2006 05:05 PM

i would vote for pils mit waldmeister, the most refreshing drink on the planet.


except there is no foam on her drink and the green is very dark in her drink. and wrong tumbler. so i lose.

i vote for diabolo menthe

Posted by: stewart mcsherry at December 29, 2006 07:20 PM