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.
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
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
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
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
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