Somehow I’ve managed to reach the age of 38 without having developed a fondness for either beer or wine. Of the two, I can drink the latter if I have to, but if I have the option for a nice cocktail then that’s what I’ll always go for (sometimes to the disdain of others. I once had the owner of a very pricey Italian restaurant come to my table with a free glass of red wine, because he didn’t approve of what I was drinking with his food. The wine actually did go very well with the meal, but I still preferred my drink of choice overall).
My go-to–just because it’s easy to make, hard to screw-up and available pretty much everywhere–is a standard Rum & Coke (or “Cuba Libre” if I’m feeling fancy and have a lime wedge), but my favourite is a really good Whiskey Sour. The problem is that finding a good Whiskey Sour is a very difficult task these days. Since I’ve started drinking them I’ve ordered maybe 6 that are as good or better than the ones I make at home, while most of the others consist of pre-made mix from a hose and a shot poured directly into the glass. The worst one I ever had forgot to include the crucial simple syrup that adds the necessary sweetness to the drink and consisted ONLY of lemon juice and whiskey–which does not taste good even a little bit.
Are you a cocktail drinker? If so, what’s the drink you judge a bar/restaurant by? The one they have to have mastered to make you a happy customer.