the cup of a carpenter
As we're off to Napa Valley this weekend to celebrate my sister's bridal shower, I have the following CODE WORD question for you all. What, specifically, are your three favorite drinks containing alcohol?
Mine? Glad you asked.
1. three Single-Malt Scotches tie for first (the Clynelish 1976 by Murray McDavid, the Ardbeg Uigeadail, and the 1975 "Rarest of the Rare" Banff)
2. a Toasted Almond made by a hot chick circa 1990
3. a fkn HUMONGOUS JACK AND COKE
(honorable mention goes to the Prairie Fire shot, which is Cuervo 1800 with eight drops of Texas Pete)
Posted by Ian Williams at January 28, 2010 11:08 PM
1. Laphroaig 10 Year Old, neat.
2. Ketel One martini, ice cold.
3. The first Bombay Sapphire & Tonic of the year--always consumed on the first 'real' day of spring above 75 degrees and not a day before.
4. The first ice cold Old Style (never Budweiser) at Wrigley every season.
5. A creamy Boddington's
I couldn't stop at three.
1. Pint(s) of Theakston Old Peculier, preferably in a pub in Norfolk or York, where I have to duck to get in the door.
2. Mezcal with tiny Mayan grandmothers in Oaxaca or Chiapas...the tortillas they had just made us were a bonus.
3. smuggled champagne in Umstead Park in Raleigh to celebrate (or commemmorate) our engagement.
Of course it is beer but in particular a class of beer called saison that originates from southern Belgium. Right now it means I am hunting out Pretty Things Jack D'or from MA, Ommegang's Hennepin from CNY or Saison Dupont from the style's homeland. Often in a corked "champagne bottle," it's highly carbonated, creamy from the inclusion of raw barley and/or wheat, spicy from the yeast strains, bracingly tangy with additions sometimes of white pepper. Modestly priced, too.
1. Strawberry Daiquiri (with rum purchased by my good friend Zel M.)
2. Any free beer (and I always collected the keg caps)
3. Wine Cooler (laugh if you want to, but I wasn't the only one drinking them)
1989 to 1995
1. Domestic light beer
2. Rum and Coke
3. Flaming Dr. Peppers
1. Wheat Beers like Hefeweizen and Blue Moon and also the Atlanta-born Sweetwater Blue
2. Vodka or Gin and Tonic
3. Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka (with ice, with water, with lemonade or with Sprite)
And, as Salem's Little Sister noted above, the most timeless of all beverages is that first sip of a Blue Cup at HE's NOT HERE and the first beer at Bub's.
1) Hendrick's Gin Martini, straight up, very dry and with olives
2) Lagavulin, with one ice cube (sacrilege, I know)
3) A homemade Margarita (not from a mix) made with any high-end reposado tequila
1) Wild Turkey, 100 proof, straight from the bottle, while playing a Les Paul through a really honkin' huge power amp. Only way to drink.
2) Dry gin martini, Bombay Sapphire, up, with an olive, and just show the bottle of vermouth to the drink to scare it a bit.
3) 24-year-old Macallan, from that place in Edinburgh that has you sign the bottle.
Location, location, location. No, wait, that's something else.
Champagne, champagne, champagne. 'Cause I'm a classy broad.
(Should the C in "'cause," above, be capitalized or not? I pride myself on being a grammar nerd, but I'm not sure about this one.)
1. A bottle of red
2. Sidecar: equal parts brandy, lemon juice, Cointreau in a shaker
3. Northern Bramble*: Hendrick's Gin, fresh lemon juice, maple syrup, and Chambord Raspberry Liqueur drizzled over hand-crushed ice.
*with thanks to the torontotemperancesociety.com
Three-way tie, depending entirely on the time of year and the setting:
A beautiful amber or dark beer, such as la fin du monde
A super cold, not too sweet vodka gimlet with ice crystals skirting the top
A gorgeous and fat glass of wine (another three-way tie between, say, a '01 Donnhoff Riesling, '01 Allegrini Amarone, and some really pretty Sonoma Coast pinot noir)
1. Malibu Hawaiian Punch - O.J., Pineapple juice, Malibu coconut rum, Amaretto, splash of grenadine. Tastes best on Maui.
2. Cosmopolitan. Most delicious in my kitchen with 2 great friends while our daughters play upstairs on a Friday afternoon. (Guess what I'm doing today?)
3. Gin and tonic when it's over 90.
New favorite with a soft drink: Skyy Cherry Vodka in Coke. Tastes just like a Cherry Coke.
1. ice-cold, very dry Tanqueray martini with an extra olive
2. Tanqueray and tonic with lime an a hot day
3. Lagavulin, neat
But I haven't had any of these, or any drinks at all, in almost 7 years, and my life is much better for it.
There's some great answers above, and I did take notes.
For me right now:
1) J Wine Company - Pinot Noir, Nicole's Vineyard
2) Delirium Tremens
3) Any margarita made by my friend at his place, Fiesta Cancun, in Oconomowoc, WI
I thought I had a pic of GFWD drinking a flaming Dr Pepper back in the day. Alas, I just looked and I don't.
1. Cosmo in this bar in Soho, right across the street from the apt my niece stayed in this summer. We dubbed it the BCE (not too original, but best cosmo ever).
2. Margaritas. Not much of a liquor drinker, so I really think I love this drink because of the salt around the rim.
3. Hurricanes at Pat O'Briens.
1) Beer! Any quality small-batch domestic (preferably local) will do.
Honorable mention to tequila, good scotch (thanks for the education, Ian), bourbon, whiskey, vodka... and of course the Roasted, Toasted Almond, made with an ounce each of Kahlua, Amaretto, Bailey's, Vodka and a scoop or two of quality vanilla ice cream. I distinctly remember making one of those for you at pledge formal 1987 and/or 1988, Ian!
All that being said, I haven't had a drink since New Year's....
In anticipation of snow, just went to the liquor store and got:
1) Absolut Peppar (to be served in a fancy shot glass ice-cold & sipped very slowly)
2) A fancy expensive single-malt scotch (to be served room temp in a fancy shot glass & sipped very slowly)
Favorite beer in the whole entire universe (not available at liquor store)
3) Schneiderweisse. It's a wheat beer (duh) which is the only kind of beer I can drink anymore. This is the best-tasting beer in all of creation.
1. red wine, and if i had my druthers it'd be "the prisoner"
2. a slightly dirty stoli martini straight up with three olives
3. a silver or plata tequila, on the rocks, with fresh lime and cointreau in a salt-rimmed glass.
honorable mention, a mother earth kolsch (sp?) beer.
1) A bourbon and ginger ale
2) A good bourbon (Maker's Mark, Knob Creek, and especially Woodford Reserve) with a splash of water
3) A near ice cold Sam Adams on a really hot day after playing outside or doing yard work.
Honorable Mention: Red Wine, Ardbeg
Ice cold Tanqueray gin martini, dry with olives, preferably made by a professional
Goslings Rum and ginger beer with lime (dark and stormy)
Ice cold Corona with lime, August, 4-6pm, on Mansion Beach, Block Island after a swim.