The Five Cocktails

The stereotype of journalists is that we like to imbibe in alcohol.

I’m not 100 percent sure this is an accurate portrayal. I’ve known my fair share of teetotalers in the industry.

Personally, when I write, I often have a six ounce glass at my laptop’s side. More often than not, it’s filled with either one of the top two on this list. But it’s not a constant, I assure you.

Regardless, I prefer liqueur. Beer seems to affect the digestive tract, and I’ve never been much of a fan of it. The only beer I’ll drink is Guinness.

Outside of my usual scotch or whiskey fare, which never work well in a mixed environment, I tend to gravitate towards the cocktails that don’t require a helluva lot of maintenance, or fancy, frilly accoutrements.

Below are my five cocktails. You’ve probably seen me drink them once in a while.

5. Five-Cocktails-05 Drink: Gin and Tonic
Glass: Highball
Includes: 2 ounces gin (Hendricks), tonic water, lime wedge
Finish: Cool and refreshing without the bells and whistles
Pop Culture: Billy Joel’s “The Piano Man”, Barney Stinson in How I Met Your Mother, John Constantine from the comic Hellblazer
4. Five-Cocktails-04 Drink: Manhattan
Glass: Martini
Includes: 2 ounces bourbon (Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit), 1 ounce sweet vermouth, 2 dashes of Angostura bitters
Finish: Not as sweet as a whiskey-rooted Manhattan, but good to the last drop
Pop Culture: Mad Men
3. Five-Cocktails-03 Drink: Rusty Nail
Glass: Rocks
Includes: 2 ounces Scotch Whiskey (Johnny Walker), 1 ounce Drambuie
Finish: The name says it all
Pop Culture: The Las Vegas Rat Pack
2. Five-Cocktails-02 Drink: SoCo and Cola
Glass: Rocks
Includes: 2 ounces Southern Comfort, cola (Pepsi), dash of lime juice
Finish: Tastes just like root beer
Pop Culture: Janis Joplin loved the stuff
1. Five-Cocktails-01 Drink: White Russian
Glass: Rocks
Includes: 2 ounces vodka (Grey Goose), 1 ounce coffee liqueur (Kahlúa), milk (2%)
Finish: Smooth and creamy
Pop Culture: The Dude from The Big Lebowski
 

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