What are you having?

Since my comics feature so much drinking I have a lot of fans who assume I’m a big drunk. Sorry to disappoint, but I’m merely a social drinker. But I have had a lot of fans ask me what my favorite drink is. So here is what you will generally find me drinking.

Jack and Coke

Jack and Coke
Jack and Coke (also referred to as JD and Coke) is a cocktail made with Jack Daniel’s whiskey and Coca-Cola. The drink is usually served with ice in an old-fashioned glass or a Collins glass.

When I’m thirsting for some hard liquor Jack and Coke is definitely my drink of choice. It’s been my drink for pretty much as long as I’ve been drinking. Why? At first I think I thought it was a cool manly drink so I gave it a shot, but I was quickly sold on it. It is incredibly easy to make yourself, available virtually everywhere, is strong enough to get you buzzed fast but sweet enough that it has a pleasant taste, unlike some other harsh strong alcohols.

Plus you can drink it anywhere! Just pour a little Jack into a can of coke and you’re golden.

If I’m feeling classy I’ll use some Gentlemen Jack, which goes down extra smooth. Or if I’m in a festive mood I may use some rum instead. Rum and coke is good if you want something a little sweeter that still does the job fast, and fun for parties.

White Russian

A White Russian is a sweet cocktail classically made with vodka, coffee liqueur (e.g., Kahlúa or Tia Maria), and cream served with ice in an Old Fashioned glass.
A White Russian is a sweet cocktail classically made with vodka, coffee liqueur (e.g., Kahlúa or Tia Maria), and cream served with ice in an Old Fashioned glass.

One night on a bar hop I felt adventurous and decided to try something new. I’ll admit right now that I knew of this drink mainly because of the Dude in The Big Lebowski. According to IMDB’s trivia he drinks 9 of them throughout the movie.

The Dude drinking a White RussianI’m not a big Vodka guy (or Tequila for that matter) and I typically stick to Whiskey based drinks, but the White Russian is just plain delicious.  I like to order it when I’m in a celebratory mood.

The cream and liqueur makes for a sweet drink that would be nice even if it wasn’t alcoholic.  Of course the alcohol makes it that much better.  Plus it’s fun to stir the straw and mix it up after it’s served.

The biggest downside to the drink is trusting some of these bars to actually have cream that hasn’t spoiled.  You’d be shocked at how many bars don’t seem to have cream or lame bartenders that don’t know how to make this drink.  You’re better off ordering it at a restaurant bar.

Newcastle

Newcastle Brown Ale
Newcastle Brown Ale is the world’s best known brown ale and an icon of the North East of England.

I remember when I first started drinking I thought beer tasted pretty disgusting, but after awhile it really grew on me and now I’m what you would call a beer guy.  Newcastle is my favorite beer.  I like darker beers, and this brown ale is the best.  It’s also readily available and usually pretty cheap.

It has a nice, rich, full flavor but nothing too excessive.  It goes well with everything and goes down smooth.  Some beers strike me as way too bitter, but that is not the case here.  Just a good all around beer I’d recommend to anyone that likes it dark.

Fat Tire

Fat Tire
The Fat Tire recipe originates from a co-founder’s bicycle trip through Belgium from brewery to brewery.

I can still recall the first time I tried Fat Tire at a friend’s house in San Francisco a few years back.  It was love at first taste.  This is an Amber Ale that is overflowing with flavor.  It might be too much for some people, and it’s not quite as easily accessible as New Castle (Wikipedia says it is only available in 16 states), but if you can get your hands on it and like your beers a little overwhelming you’ll like this one.

It’s a little more bitter and you probably wouldn’t want to drink it while eating just anything, but if you just want a solid drink to sip while talking this is a good pick.

Guinness

Guinness
Guinness is a popular Irish dry stout that originated in the brewery of Arthur Guinness (1725–1803) at St. James’s Gate, Dublin.

Guinness has become one of my more recent favorite drinks.  If you’ve never had it, well it’s about as dark and full bodied as a beer can get.  Not too mention it is best when you drink it from a glass with a thick head of foam.

This is a beer that I’d only recommend to seasoned beer drinkers, as it has a sharp taste that is likely to turn some folks off.  It is also a beer you don’t drink lightly.  This is a beer you take your time with, and you feel full after you’ve finished it.  If you enjoy the experience of drinking beer than you may enjoy this.

I find it to be a good beer to have with a nice long meal.  Truly it is unique among beers.

And that’s typically what you’ll find me drinking, though I am not too picky and always willing to try something new.

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