Bar Drinks to Order at an Open Bar

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So this problem comes: whenever I approach an open bar, I don't know what to order. Sometimes, I just pointed to the bartender saying 'this" or 'that" and the bartender looked confused. Above all, I've ordered cranberry vodka a million times. That's the only name I can drop without hesitation. (except wine and champagne) Speaking of being a total peasant regarding this.

Please offer me the names of drinks you order at an open bar. So next time I can act more sophisticated when I drop those names at ease and with grace. But remember, I'm not looking for any names. I need the drinks to leave me such feelings when I order them: prestigious, expensive, classy, and tasty. In general, cool.

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For occasional drinkers, open bars can be somewhat intimating; however, our users shared of some solid drink choices below.

DoctorAndre:
  • Long island iced tea
  • Jack and coke
  • Coke and rum
  • Bud light
  • Stella

DaisukiDaYo - Sales and Trading Associate:
Typically I get a jack and coke, standard go to. Or whiskey and ginger, that's always good.

If you're into vodka mixes, screwdrivers are a standard (vodka + oj).

Zzari - Private Equity Associate:
  • Rum & Coke
  • Gin & Tonic
  • Screwdrivers
  • Long Island
  • Old fashioned

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Comments (415)

 
Mar 27, 2013 - 6:56pm

yeahright:
DoctorAndre:
Long island iced tea.
Bud light.
Stella.

Laughing so hard at these suggestions. How old are you...

haha, seriously, dude. I appreciate his help but I gotta tell a story: I went to a gala for young philanthropists in ny. They advertised it like was packed with Ivy dudes, but the vast majority was from Georgetown. Then I saw a ton of dudes couldn't leave their bud light bottles for a second while dressing in black ties. I was like, OMG, wtf?
It is just like seeing ladies in Oscar de la renta gowns do the dirty dancing shit.

I'm just a humble clown. I juggle around just for a good laugh of yours.
 
Mar 27, 2013 - 3:42pm

Typically I get a jack and coke, standard go to. Or whiskey and ginger, that's always good.

If you're into vodka mixes, screwdrivers are a standard (vodka + oj).

It really depends what the open bar includes - cranberry vodkas are chick drinks.

 
Mar 27, 2013 - 3:43pm

Sex with an Alligator. I get it 60% of the time, every time.

http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink1145.html

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Mar 27, 2013 - 6:58pm

Determined:
Sex with an Alligator. I get it 60% of the time, every time.

http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink1145.html

God, love this! never heard of it.
So next time, can I just say " I want sex with an Alligator", then the bartender will know?

I'm just a humble clown. I juggle around just for a good laugh of yours.
 
Mar 27, 2013 - 3:51pm

Scotch or Jack on the rocks

"They are all former investment bankers that were laid off in the economic collapse that Nancy Pelosi caused. They have no marketable skills, but by God they work hard."
 
Mar 27, 2013 - 3:57pm

I have a feeling you're a troll, but I'll bite anyway.

Cool is an attitude and state of mind a person does not get from a drink. A guy who is actually "cool" would be so no matter if he is drinking a Natty Ice can or a glass of blue label. He's cool because he doesn't give a shit what anyone else thinks.

That being said, drinking some quality scotch signals that you are classy, like expensive things, and maybe prestigious if anyone you're with knows about scotch or gives a shit.

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Mar 27, 2013 - 4:32pm

Curious how people feel about the gin and tonic. I love them and for whatever reason they don't get me as hung over as whiskey cokes.

I always get shit from friends that say it is a 'mom drink'. I honestly don't give a shit either way but is gin and tonic really a girl drink or can I still preserve my masculinity while slamming G&T's?

 
Mar 27, 2013 - 4:34pm

Mike Bolton:
Curious how people feel about the gin and tonic. I love them and for whatever reason they don't get me as hung over as whiskey cokes.

I always get shit from friends that say it is a 'mom drink'. I honestly don't give a shit either way but is gin and tonic really a girl drink or can I still preserve my masculinity while slamming G&T's?

G&T's are the ultimate golf dad drink.

I order bourbon and gingers most of the time.

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Mar 27, 2013 - 4:42pm

Jägerbomb

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Mar 27, 2013 - 5:15pm

How has nobody recommended Schmitt's Gay?

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/schmitts-gay/n10163/

I hate victims who respect their executioners
 
Mar 27, 2013 - 6:40pm

wow, thanks for all your great suggestions. I'm gonna arrange them on a list and go through the options carefully cause I'm sure a few kiddo drinks were named. You know I tend to stay away from those.
One further question, should I order the ones you gave me one after another at an event, or should I just stick with two or three options? Which way is better for me staying calm and sober, and sexy?

I'm just a humble clown. I juggle around just for a good laugh of yours.
 
Mar 27, 2013 - 7:12pm

LifeHedger:
wow, thanks for all your great suggestions. I'm gonna arrange them on a list and go through the options carefully cause I'm sure a few kiddo drinks were named. You know I tend to stay away from those.
One further question, should I order the ones you gave me one after another at an event, or should I just stick with two or three options? Which way is better for me staying calm and sober, and sexy?

If you're planning on staying sober, you probably shouldn't be ordering "one after another"

But either way, I really don't think it matters. Do you think someones really going to take notice that you ordered a Jack and Coke and then a Gin and Tonic?

 
Mar 27, 2013 - 7:24pm

Art.Vandelay:
LifeHedger:
wow, thanks for all your great suggestions. I'm gonna arrange them on a list and go through the options carefully cause I'm sure a few kiddo drinks were named. You know I tend to stay away from those.
One further question, should I order the ones you gave me one after another at an event, or should I just stick with two or three options? Which way is better for me staying calm and sober, and sexy?

If you're planning on staying sober, you probably shouldn't be ordering "one after another"

But either way, I really don't think it matters. Do you think someones really going to take notice that you ordered a Jack and Coke and then a Gin and Tonic?

just want to know what the norms are and to make the most use of OPEN bar.

I'm just a humble clown. I juggle around just for a good laugh of yours.
 
Mar 27, 2013 - 7:25pm

Going Concern:
Dirty Martini...people ALWAYS notice, mostly because of the cone-shaped cocktail glass. Obviously no ice.

I

great choice. that drink is even stronger than long island I think.

I'm just a humble clown. I juggle around just for a good laugh of yours.
 
Mar 27, 2013 - 7:29pm

LifeHedger:
Going Concern:
Dirty Martini...people ALWAYS notice, mostly because of the cone-shaped cocktail glass. Obviously no ice.

I

great choice. that drink is even stronger than long island I think.

If you can drink four dirty martinis in a row and not fall down...I will buy you another. Three about does it for me, but then again I don't weigh 300 lbs.

 
Mar 27, 2013 - 8:40pm

FrankD'anconia:
I always know I'm at a "finance" bar in the city when everyone's drinking mixed drinks instead of beer.... and of course because of the immense amount of Asians and Indians

this x10000

I hate victims who respect their executioners
 
Mar 28, 2013 - 12:52pm

couple of plain tequillas right at the bar and a solid beer to bridge the time you're cut off from bar supply... i'd go with that

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Mar 28, 2013 - 4:26pm

Boubon on the rocks or neat (Makers Mark, Knob Creek , Bullits) ; vodka soda; can't go wrong with beer...cranberry vodka is a chick drink as is a screwdriver in my opinion...I drink those at boozy brunches but not at a cocktail hour. I'll drink a G&T from time to time but that's kind of a summer drink and I can see the mom/golf dad argument.

 
Mar 28, 2013 - 6:56pm

What Does Your Drink Say About You? Part II (Originally Posted: 11/21/2012)

mod note (Andy) see part one here

The breeze is brisk, the Starbucks cups are red, and the sidewalks of New York City are crowded body-to-body with packs of overweight tourists and kids on leashes. With football season in full swing and the winter doldrums looming large, summer days spent slamming beers at The Standard beer garden are but a distant memory. The holiday season is upon us, and while investment banking analysts across Wall Street are girding for a fiscal cliff-induced Christmas deal staffing special, a hint of holiday cheer hangs around the bullpen. That's because around this time of year, junior investment bankers celebrate a Wall Street tradition as hallowed as the almighty 100-page Strategic Alternatives pitch. Monkeys rejoice – it's Holiday Party season.

*/

See if you can recognize any of these characters at your firm's mid-December soiree:

    The Craft Beer

    Sam Adams Winter Ale? None of that for this guy. Craft Beer guy is probably the closest thing to a hipster banker. While everyone else is greedily slurping down Jack & Cokes and ripping tequila shots, Craft Beer guy is asking the bartender if they've got any Delirium Tremens in the back fridge. Craft beer guy loves drinking Belgian Trappist from a goblet, and sneers at the simple sacks who drink pale American swill. When Bud Light Guy calls him out for being an obnoxious fartsniffer, he comes back with something along the lines of "I'm drinking 8% ABV abbey ale, you are drinking hog piss." In a way, he's right – but who cares?

    The Vodka Soda


Don't care what season it is

    Ever see that Ketel One commercial where all the dudes in suits are drinking vodka-rocks like it's Johnnie Blue? That is not this guy. Hiding behind the curtain of flavorlessness is a problem binge drinker. It's snowing outside and you go with a frosty, alcoholic Perrier. Is it because the squeeze of lime is just so refreshing on a late November evening? No. It's because, like water, one can chug vodka soda by the gallon. One sure indication that it's no longer summertime? People are drinking vodka soda sans straw. If you see Vodka Soda guy, give him some encouragement, then order him a double – he's trying to catch up.

    The Old Fashioned

    With the exploding popularity of mixology bars, bartenders at regular-ass bars are seeing more and more of Mister Old Fashioned. While there's certainly nothing wrong with this fantastic whiskey libation, ordering an Old Fashioned at your average open bar is like ordering seafood at a fast-food joint. You want Four Roses? You're getting Early Times. You want seared ahi? You're getting a fucking Filet-O-Fish. There's a time and a place for specialty cocktails, and unless your holiday party is at Please Don't Tell, you should probably stick to the basics. Look out for Mister Old Fashioned bitching to the bartender about using a shaker instead of a swizzle stick.

    The Eggnog


Swizzle my nizzle

    Nothing screams "I'm only having one drink then I'm heading back to the office!!!!" more than ordering a "festive" cocktail. Oh yeah, make this one really count, make it in with the season! Make it special! Gosh, you're so fun! The fact that you made it out and enjoyed a pop with the rest of the gang totally makes up for the fact that you're going to sneak off in five minutes because you "forgot your Blackberry at your desk." You are making the rest of us feel a combination of 1) sad for you because you're too tied up to enjoy yourself, 2) sad for ourselves because blacking out and puking at a work party is the biggest thrill we've had in months, and 3) offended that you would dare to break rank and not black out with the rest of us. Damn you and your self-righteous ways, Eggnog drinker. Why can't you just make a fool of yourself like everyone else?

    The Scotch on the Rocks

    This is a man with a plan. A wily veteran. Whether it's a smoky Lagavulin or a rotten apple juice Chivas, scotch is a sippin' drink. Neat or on the rocks, doesn't matter. The Scotch drinker keeps a steady pace – because he knows the night is long. He isn't the first to start dancing on the bar or to make a pass at the group head's assistant (see Vodka Red Bull guy), but he may be the last. Scotch on the Rocks guy knows that the open bar at the holiday party is the just the first of several venues. If you're trying to make it an epic one (and who isn't), keep close to Scotch on the Rocks guy – he will end up leading the whole party out and about around the city, from the bar, to the club, to the gentlemen's club, to the cigar lounge, to the after-hours party. Too cool to stay out late? Go hang out with Eggnog.

Stay thirsty, my friends.

Send holiday party invitations to [email protected]

 
Mar 28, 2013 - 7:18pm

Nakaldun7913:
As a scotch drinker, SB for you.

As a scotch drinker, never never never with ice!!!

Jack: They’re all former investment bankers who were laid off from that economic crisis that Nancy Pelosi caused. They have zero real world skills, but God they work hard. -30 Rock
 
Mar 28, 2013 - 7:20pm

Revsly:
Nakaldun7913:
As a scotch drinker, SB for you.

As a scotch drinker, never never never with ice!!!

ummm, ice sometimes helps release the flavors more slowly.

Some scotches are meant to be drank with ice/splash of water

I wish we had someone from Walter Scott Inv Partners here to chime in....bet that person would rape anybody in scotch drinking knowledge

 
Mar 28, 2013 - 7:23pm

Going Concern:
Unforseen:
Some scotches are meant to be drank with ice/splash of water

Splash of water? Might as well be drinking a Minute Maid juice box with an L-shaped straw.


I drink out of those juice boxes sometimes at my kid's soccer games. Of course, I have them filled with scotch. The other parents just think I really, really like juice boxes.
 
Mar 28, 2013 - 7:01pm

I like good beer, craft beers tend to be better than mass produced water-beer (though I'll drink the hell out of Bud Light if it's all I got). I hate hipsters :(

My drink pretty much becomes what I've been drinking lately. When I start drinking whiskey or rum for a couple days, I don't even think about beer... and vice versa.

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Mar 28, 2013 - 7:19pm

wolverine19x89:
I like good beer, craft beers tend to be better than mass produced water-beer (though I'll drink the hell out of Bud Light if it's all I got). I hate hipsters :(

My drink pretty much becomes what I've been drinking lately. When I start drinking whiskey or rum for a couple days, I don't even think about beer... and vice versa.

this. all day.

 
Mar 28, 2013 - 7:09pm

Hipsters drink PBR, they don't drink Chimay. Though I will admit there is an air of "what? you've never heard of this brewery before? I've been drinking this for years" with people who love craft beer. Also, despite their "popularity", Sam Adams is still very much a craft beer ... they hold only ~1% of the total US market share

 
Mar 28, 2013 - 7:24pm

Scotch is meant to be enjoyed neat, with a few drops of water if preferred to help bring out the flavors.

Notice I did not bitch about people drinking their drinks on the rocks. How you drink your drink is your own business, but scotch is made to be enjoyed with its flavors not watered down. So if you like your scotch on the rocks, it may not be worth it to get an expensive or nuanced scotch, as it will cool the drink down too much and mask the flavor too quickly. A bourbon or whiskey would be better.

 
Mar 28, 2013 - 7:26pm

blackthorne:
Scotch is meant to be enjoyed neat, with a few drops of water if preferred to help bring out the flavors.

Notice I did not bitch about people drinking their drinks on the rocks. How you drink your drink is your own business, but scotch is made to be enjoyed with its flavors not watered down. So if you like your scotch on the rocks, it may not be worth it to get an expensive or nuanced scotch, as it will cool the drink down too much and mask the flavor too quickly. A bourbon or whiskey would be better.

exactly. I would never add water to a Johnnie Walke Blue, but I do ad a cube of ice when drinking Black.

 
Mar 28, 2013 - 7:28pm

blackthorne:
Scotch is meant to be enjoyed neat, with a few drops of water if preferred to help bring out the flavors.

Notice I did not bitch about people drinking their drinks on the rocks. How you drink your drink is your own business, but scotch is made to be enjoyed with its flavors not watered down. So if you like your scotch on the rocks, it may not be worth it to get an expensive or nuanced scotch, as it will cool the drink down too much and mask the flavor too quickly. A bourbon or whiskey would be better.

This guy knows his shit. What's your favourite scotch?

Jack: They’re all former investment bankers who were laid off from that economic crisis that Nancy Pelosi caused. They have zero real world skills, but God they work hard. -30 Rock
 
Mar 28, 2013 - 7:30pm

Revsly:
blackthorne:
Scotch is meant to be enjoyed neat, with a few drops of water if preferred to help bring out the flavors.

Notice I did not bitch about people drinking their drinks on the rocks. How you drink your drink is your own business, but scotch is made to be enjoyed with its flavors not watered down. So if you like your scotch on the rocks, it may not be worth it to get an expensive or nuanced scotch, as it will cool the drink down too much and mask the flavor too quickly. A bourbon or whiskey would be better.

This guy knows his shit. What's your favourite scotch?

It really depends on the setting and mood.

If you're into smokey Islays, check out Ardberg Uigeadail. One of my personal favorites.

For those looking to get into scotch, some good beginner scotchs are Highland Park 12 or Macallan Sherry Oak. If you want to try something different, Japanese distillery Suntory makes an excellent single malt, Yamazaki 18.

One of these days I might do a thread on a crash course to spirits, including gin, whiskey, bourbon, etc.. While one doesn't need to be an expert, seniors in the industry do respect those that can appreciate a good drink, especially ones they can't share with their 26 year old trophy wives.

 
Mar 28, 2013 - 7:29pm

aempirei:
Slamming back Jack and Diets when I'm trying to play catchup or build the drunk.

Laphroaig or Bulleit Bourbon when I'm trying to keep the buzz going.

Hook myself up to an IV and pop a B12 pill before bed and I tell hangovers to fuck off.

the B12 helps?

My drinkin' problem left today, she packed up all her bags and walked away.
 
Mar 28, 2013 - 7:38pm

Kenny Powers:
aempirei:
Slamming back Jack and Diets when I'm trying to play catchup or build the drunk.

Laphroaig or Bulleit Bourbon when I'm trying to keep the buzz going.

Hook myself up to an IV and pop a B12 pill before bed and I tell hangovers to fuck off.

the B12 helps?


It may just be superstition, but ever since I started incorporating B12 into my drinking routine my hangovers have been far less severe. I take one before I start drinking heavily.
My name is Nicky, but you can call me Dre.
 
Mar 28, 2013 - 7:32pm

Maybe you yanks have the equivalent of Master of Malt in the US, they send you samples of whiskies, bourbons, ryes and rums throughout the price range (up to 40yo monsters). Great way to find out what you like. I have had batches of 30+ samples shipped throughout the world (gotta make it big to make up the shipping fee). Better taste that 30 year old Islay before you splash you half a grand on the bottle. For those of you running e-shops check out the website itself, it is a masterpiece of UI design.

 
Mar 28, 2013 - 7:34pm

EURCHF parity:
Maybe you yanks have the equivalent of Master of Malt in the US, they send you samples of whiskies, bourbons, ryes and rums throughout the price range (up to 40yo monsters). Great way to find out what you like. I have had batches of 30+ samples shipped throughout the world (gotta make it big to make up the shipping fee). Better taste that 30 year old Islay before you splash you half a grand on the bottle. For those of you running e-shops check out the website itself, it is a masterpiece of UI design.

Well said!

 
Mar 28, 2013 - 7:37pm

wow, I missed alot over the holiday. Revsly, my comment was more towards the description than the scotch rocks. I prefer just a splash of water to bring out flavors on a more high-test, cask strength type whiskey. otherwise neat is best. From my experience, few drams of scotch can really stand up to ice, and if you're adding it to shoddy scotch, why drink it? most places that carry johnnie black carry something better.

blackthorne is dead on with the Uigeadail. Then again, you really cannot go wrong with any of Ardbeg's selection. They have become a powerhouse in the Islay region, especially for a distillery that has only recently (relatively speaking) began producing again. Other Islays to try are Bunnahabain, lagavulin 16, coal ila 12, and the classic Laphraoig.

To the comment about a 30yr old Islay, I ask, whats the point? the best part of those malts are the peat, iodine and smoke. those all but vanish after, say, 18yrs. Scotch that does best with long maturities to develop complexity are really the speysides and highlands, IMHO. Also, why drop a grand on a bottle? You're not going to find anything far more complex or satisfying for that much more money. The best selling single malt in scotland is the 12yr glenmorangie, a mere $35 a bottle.

 
Mar 28, 2013 - 7:40pm

And WSO's favorite drink is... (Originally Posted: 06/12/2014)

Gin and Tonic. After reviewing the responses to my recent post What's your drink of choice? I have concluded that Gin and Tonic is the go-to drink for many monkeys in both professional and casual settings. Whisk(e)y, micro brews, and tequila closely followed G&T in the ranks and proved to be popular amongst the finance community.

I also want to reference a comment made by @"Dingdong08":

Just pick one professional drink and have that in your stable. Have a gin and tonic (although you need to name a gin-even a tanqeray and tonic but choose sapphire or Plymouth if you want to be cool and say plymouth and tonic). Or a scotch an water (once again, need a call like black label, so order a black label and water, rocks). I may place too much on a drink selection but if you're the 22 year old analyst or the intern who may even be under 21, I see that as cool. It's not a quantitative thing but I was thrown a kid that we needed to hire because he was an LP's favorite long lost son but when he ordered a call bourbon straight, he eventually became one of my key guys and a friend that I'd do anything for after years of working.

I think that having a go-to drink in your repertoire is essential in business settings and it shows great maturity from a young individual to know a thing or two about what they drink. What do you think about the importance of having a go-to drink?
 
Mar 28, 2013 - 7:51pm

Or don't be a douche, and just buy a G&T, or slim Gin if you are on a diet. Doesn't matter what brand it is.
A lager if you are at the pub and don't be a micro brew hipster. I won't be impressed if a junior orders a fancy drink, I just won't give a toss. For interviews I would always ask for the same drink as my interviewer not to waste time.

Different types of alcohol are only exciting when you first discover them; grow up.

EDIT: I should add it's OK to like a certain brand of alcohol, but if it's just drinks after works don't be a cok about it.

 
Mar 28, 2013 - 7:56pm

I would agree with this. It's more about drinking to your setting, and most importantly the crowd you are with, than it is about projecting an "image". If you're at a business dinner with people drinking class-growth wines and 25 yr scotches, don't order a Coors Lite. If you're at Bonaroo down south, probably not the best setting for your class-growth wines.

It has always helped me to remember that people drink to relax and feel more comfortable. I don't want my own personal alcohol choice to inhibit from my peers' relaxation. Overly trying to impress them will certainly do that, as will insisting on stuffy or expensive drinks in a setting/crowd that does not also appreciate that.

 
Mar 28, 2013 - 8:02pm

Literally what I was going to say, maybe the best cocktail ever.

I wouldn't overstate how "impressive" a go-to drink is. If someone is drinking something nice or strong you might "good man/good stuff dude/whatever" but that's about as far as it goes. A guy getting an appletini might get made fun of but that probably hasn't made or broken many careers.

Tbh, someone drinking an old Barbancourt straight would get more sympathy from me than straight bourbon/scotch of any kind. Lol @ anyone being impressed by a TnT.

Stuff like drinking your coffee black is also a bonus I suppose, sort of the morning equivalent of drinking your drinks straight. And ordering cognac after your meal is a nice touch so long as people don't think you're an alcoholic.

 
Mar 28, 2013 - 7:55pm

Side thought for you lads and ladies,

There are very few things in life that are universal between all peoples, but everybody drinks, and everybody mates ("dates", hooks up, whatever you want to call it). The manner in which you choose to do both of those things says a lot about who you are as an individual. Consider that when choosing your drink, your setting, and your aura.

 
Mar 28, 2013 - 8:07pm

How old were you guys when you began to be able to appreciate liquor? I'm 22 and just now starting to like the taste of various decent liquors and cocktails as opposed to only tasting a burn and looking for ways to get drunk quickly.

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

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Mar 28, 2013 - 8:09pm

@"GoldenCinderblock" Although I realized I had a palate that could help me appreciate the taste of alcohol since I was in High School, it wasn't until college where I was really able to expand my tastes. I got into beer my freshman year - my routine was buy a case of beer and try it. If I liked it, I made a note of it. I bought other beers by the same brewery until I went through every beer that particular brewery had made and the beer distributors could get (until I turned 21 of course, in which case I had one of the best bars in the US according to both Playboy and Beer Advocate at my disposal to try new beer and expand my palate even further) and went on to the next one. When it came to liquor, it was buy a bottle, taste it and then figure out what I can make with it if I think it's great for mixing or enjoy it straight if I liked it straight. That's exactly how I did it. As I said, the best advice I have is buy and try til you find what you like.

 
Mar 28, 2013 - 8:10pm

GoldenCinderblock:

How old were you guys when you began to be able to appreciate liquor? I'm 22 and just now starting to like the taste of various decent liquors and cocktails as opposed to only tasting a burn and looking for ways to get drunk quickly.

Do you like Diageo? I've been a big cognac fan ever since the release of their 1980 offering, Hennessy. Before that, I really didn't understand any of their liquor products. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was in Hennessy where Diageo's presence became more apparent. I think Johnnie Walker was the company's undisputed masterpiece. It's an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three shitty whiskey brands. Christy, take off your robe. Taste to the brilliant ensemble of barley, water and yeast. You can practically taste every nuance of every ingredient. Sabrina, remove your dress. In terms of flavor craftsmanship, the sheer fermentation, this scotch hits a new peak of professionalism. Sabrina, why don't you, uh, dance a little.

 
Mar 28, 2013 - 8:14pm

What's your drink of choice? (Originally Posted: 06/07/2014)

Inspired by @"CorpFinHopeful"'s post "Any fans of whisk(e)y on WSO?" I thought it might be interesting to see what the WSO drink of choice is.

Whether you're grabbing a drink with some clients, going out with some friends, or looking to get smashed, what's your go-to drink?

Here's a couple related articles that I found interesting:
Drink Like A Wall Streeter
Holiday Party Drinks: The Wall St. Edition

 
Mar 28, 2013 - 8:19pm

I take my drinking very seriously so...

-if it's work related typically a sapphire martini, dry with a twist, or a Woodford on the rocks. If it's with external people or people I don't know well and have to stay sharp, I limit it to one, maybe two if they order another, then switch to red wine.

-micro brews if it's more of a more of a bar, it's during the day or if I'm watching sports.

-maybe it's a holdover from when I lived in London, but a gin & tonic on a summer afternoon outside can really hit the spot. Especially at the beach.

Going out with friends can be one or a combination of all of the above. If I want to get a bit mullered, I usually stick with the first bullet and just increase the number.

 
Mar 28, 2013 - 8:30pm

Totally agree, season plays a huge role in what I drink.

G&T and sangria in the summer
Whisky in the fall/winter

Beer year 'round

Martini here and there (usually more determined by atmosphere)

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Mar 28, 2013 - 8:35pm

Depends on the occasion of course. By default, I like to have a nice whisky neat whether in formal settings or just having a relaxed but not too wild get together. I will sometimes substitute whisky for a higher-quality reposado tequila like Aha Toro, a good Armagnac or Cognac, etc if available at the given venue.

If I'm not in the mood for spirits, or just want to take it easy I will either have a good Belgian craft beer or if not available will take something like a Heineken. Maybe I might spring for a red wine if the venue has anything of decent quality. As for long drinks, I usually have gin with orange instead of the usual tonic, and I like the campari and orange juice mix for summer evenings especially. If I have time to prepare in advance, I like to dice up some fresh fruit, put it into a pitcher and pour sangria over it and leave it in the fridge overnight. Awesome drink for summer nights.

If it's a matter of getting inebriated before a party with old classmates, then my go-to drinks are shots of tequila with orange and cinnamon, and vodka mixed with energy drinks.

 
Mar 28, 2013 - 8:40pm

Depends on the season/event/occasion.

From April-October my go to if possible are summer beers. This can start earlier if I see them. My go to is Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy.

When watching hockey I prefer Molson Canadian. It's the main beer at Joe Louis Arena in Michigan so it just seems natural now.

Mexican restaurant I'll get a Margarita pretty much every time. Also, tequila.

Depending on what venue I am at also depends on what I'll have. If I'm at a Whiskey bar, I'll get whiskey, vodka bar, vodka.. etc.

Generally though, 9 times out of ten, I'll be drinking some sort of beer.

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Mar 28, 2013 - 8:49pm

Some that have been of choice recently-

Liquor:
Dirty martinis and gin & tonics with Tanqueray.
Canadian Club or Crown Royal with Coca-Cola or Pepsi.
Bulleit Rye with ginger ale and maybe an orange wedge.
Mount Gay rum with Coca-Cola.
Shots of Don Julio Blanco.
Laphroaig Quarter Cask, neat

Beer:
Stone IPA
Lagunitas Pils
Miller High Life
Victoria

 
Mar 28, 2013 - 8:53pm

Professionally - Gin & Tonic, can always switch to just Tonic and wait for loose lips to spill the good stuff

Socially - CC and Dry

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Mar 28, 2013 - 8:55pm

After posting initially and reading some of these responses, and I mean none of this in a demeaning way (please see most of my posts, I'm not an ass and I actually do have some real world experience) don't order a something and coke, a weak mixed drink (massive difference between some things stated on here and say an awesome drink like a sazerac that can have you talking to Picasso after 3...) for a work outing. Just pick one professional drink and have that in your stable. Have a gin and tonic (although you need to name a gin-even a tanqeray and tonic but choose sapphire or Plymouth if you want to be cool and say plymouth and tonic). Or a scotch an water (once again, need a call like black label, so order a black label and water, rocks). I may place too much on a drink selection but if you're the 22 year old analyst or the intern who may even be under 21, I see that as cool. It's not a quantitative thing but I was thrown a kid that we needed to hire because he was an LP's favorite long lost son but when he ordered a call bourbon straight, he eventually became one of my key guys and a friend that I'd do anything for after years of working.

 
Mar 28, 2013 - 9:30pm

Great points. I'd like to add that, in my opinion, knowing what you drink is incredibly important. First, it's a great conversation piece, being able to describe the process used, the region, or what makes it different. Second, it shows you're an interesting and intelligent person.Take a little bit of time and learn what you drink. For example, if you often order bourbon, you should know what differentiates bourbon from other whisk(e)ys. As a youngin', I find I always have something to talk about with older people when at a bar. I cannot tell you how many interesting people I've met after as a result of an order. That being said, don't learn weird shit just to learn weird shit. Find something you order often and learn the heritage and eccentricities of it. You'll be much more interesting.

My go to drink is whiskey, either straight or an old fashioned. I have a few go-to's, but usually I'll look to see what catches my eye. If I'm at a wedding or event where I'm likely to be consuming a few, I usually keep it simple with ginger ale. A few weeks back, I had Hendricks Gin with Cucumber. It was incredibly refreshing, so I've been making that at home lately. Great summer drink. If it is more of a beer oriented establishment, I'll order some kind of craft beer (Sixpoint if it's available) or a Guinness. Or a black and tan, which I recently re-discovered after not having one for a few years.

 
Mar 28, 2013 - 9:00pm

Whisk(e)y. None of that stupidly peaty nonsense, though, because if I wanted to drink iodine I'd pay my local chemist a visit instead. Laphroaig, Oban, Lagavulin, Caol Ila, Talisker - I'd sooner pour it into a drain than down my throat.

Yamazaki 12 is my go-to because it's easy on the palate and easy on the wallet. Hibiki 17/21 or Glenmorangie 18 for something a little richer. Almost always neat, with iced water on the side.

XSX82:

Glenlivet or Mcallan 12 years. If beer, St Bernardus Abt 12 or a duvel

Try the Japanese whiskeys out. I think you might like them.

 
Mar 28, 2013 - 9:09pm

Licked:

Water or Cranberry juice. I don't drink but that doesn't mean I can't go out and still have fun! sometimes I'll spring for a redbull if I want to get jacked up.


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Mar 28, 2013 - 9:13pm

GT, tequila and white wine during spring & summer and I switch to red wine, whiskey and the random jäger when the snow arrives.

Beer is something I drink all year round, but lighter during summer and darker in the winter time.

Choose wine/beer during work related events.

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Mar 28, 2013 - 9:15pm
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