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Perhaps this is a simple matter that I should be embarrassed not to know (which I am even if it isn't because I need to learn hilchos b'rachos better and always forget to look this question up) but....:

If I am drinking beverage with my meal and have decided I am finished eating but would like to continue drinking what is the proper procedure? Should I wait to bentch (say birchas hamazon) until I have finished drinking, bentch and continue drinking with a berachah achronah as necessary, bentch make another berachah (l'vatalla?) and then a berachah achronah, or otherwise?

(Of course I am not asking l'maaseh, but the answer will hopefully point me in the right direction, and remind me to study the topic from the sources and ask any relevant sheilos.)

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Simple solution: Bentch on a kos and then the brachot on the wine/grape juice will exempt all other beverages. – Double AA Aug 22 '12 at 2:42
Do not be embarrassed. This is what we are here for. – Seth J Aug 22 '12 at 4:15
ולא הביישן למד. – Double AA Aug 22 '12 at 4:27
Just to point out, your question is compounded if you want to move places during that time when you drink (eg. coffee for the car or something), or if you plan on drinking for longer than you are allowed to bentch. – Double AA Aug 22 '12 at 4:30
@DoubleAA The situation I'm thinking of is more continuing a conversation after eating. If I'm running my mouth I have to keep drinking... :) – Yirmeyahu Aug 22 '12 at 5:21
up vote 5 down vote accepted

Qitzur Shulhhan Arukh, Yalqut Yosef (Orahh Hayim 174:8) states (my translation):

ואם התחיל לשתות או לאכול בתוך הסעודה, וממשיך לשתות או לאכול הדבר אחרי ברכת המזון, צריך לברך.

And if one started drinking or eating during a meal and continues drinking or eating the item after Birkat HaMazon, one must make a blessing.

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But is he allowed to do that or is it a problem of forcing an extra bracha to be needed? – Double AA Jun 18 '15 at 15:43
Given the utmost importance and severity which Hakham Yitzhaq Yosef SheLIT"A and Hakham 'Ovadiah A"H assign to Berakhot LeVatalah or Berakhot She'einan Tzerekhot, and given the rest of the se'if, it may be understood that while there are better options (e.g. waiting until after the meal to make a blessing on and drink the beverage), it is not assur as such to begin drinking during the meal and make a bless after Birkat HaMazon to continue drinking. – Lee Jun 21 '15 at 7:55
This is not really an answer to the question. The OP asks what to do at the outset; this answer what to do if one already Bentched. Concur with @DoubleAA. – Seth J Oct 16 '15 at 17:04

If I remember correctly you have 72 minutes to continue the meal in which you ate bread with fruit, drink etc.. Therefore you should finish drinking and then bentsch.

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related judaism.stackexchange.com/a/12316/759 – Double AA Aug 22 '12 at 4:28

if you are still drinking then you didn't finished your meal yet. drinking is a part of the meal, if you say hamosi you don't do a beracha for the beverages during the meal. (except for wine of course)

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A Berachah SheEinah Tzerichah (unnecessary blessing), although not exactly the same thing as a Berachah LeVatalah (blessing made in vain), is a very bad thing. Finish drinking first, then Betnch.

Source: The Shulchan Aruch writes ([OC 215:4][1]):

כל המברך ברכה שאינה צריכה הרי זה נושא שם שמים לשוא, והרי הוא כנשבע לשוא ואסור לענות אחריו אמן.‏
Anyone who says an unnecessary blessing has taken God's name in vain and it is forbidden to recite Amen after him.

(Much thanks to Double AA's comment below.)

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Your first statement is correct it seems, see judaism.stackexchange.com/a/18450/759. – Double AA Aug 22 '12 at 4:37
Equal opportunity downvoter? – Seth J Nov 20 '12 at 15:42
@SethJ +1 - that would be the l'chatchila option. It's unclear if the questioner is asking l'chatchila or b'dieved (usually the case on Mi Yodeya). – LN6595 Oct 16 '15 at 15:14
@LN6595, since the OP asks if he should wait to Bentch, I think this solves the problem by answering that that would be preferable. – Seth J Oct 16 '15 at 17:02

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