When I was writing Conflict of Interest, I had Aiden hand Dawn a glass of orange juice while they prepared for bed. My beta reader informed me that orange juice is not something most Americans would drink at night.
In Germany, drinking juice is acceptable at any time of the day. We often mix it with water, preferably carbonated mineral water. “Apfelschorle” (short for “Apfelsaftschorle”) — that’s apple juice with carbonated water — is very popular.
I’ve been asked about the pronunciation of “Apfelschorle,” so here it is:
In another scene of Conflict of Interest, I have Dawn drink orange juice at New Year’s Eve. In Germany, when we celebrate and drink to something with champagne, the people who don’t drink alcohol or don’t drink much either drink orange juice or mix orange juice with champagne/sparkling wine.
I learned that this is not done in the US either. Instead, my beta reader told me that Dawn might drink apple juice or sparkling cider at New Year’s Eve.
In Europe, cider is an alcoholic beverage. Here in Germany, we have apple wine and apple must. In the US, the alcoholic cider is apparently known as hard cider.
So I’m learning to be more careful about what I let my characters eat and drink :-)