I am really not a big drinker (anymore). I will give those of you that are lying on the floor laughing a chance to catch your breath. ....... Kid #3 at 40 really made me put sleep as a priority and in my Middle Ages alcohol really messes with my sleep. I do love cocktails though and certain cocktails conjur up certain memories that usually make me smile.
Shirley Temple ( does that count?)- memory is Tangiers in Akron. The place looked like a mosque. We would go there for special occasions. Once I went as my dad's date for a work function to see a hypnotist. I felt so grown up with my cocktail.
Fuzzy Navel- the drink from the family Christmas party and trips with Grandma to the Heisy Convention in Newark. Ohio, not NJ
Sun Country Wine Coolers- because I know my mom will read this I won't elaborate. I will just say High school. I will also say that this is the worst drink when you see it again. Yuck. And Mom, that statue of limitations ran out a few years ago.
Milwaukee's Best- I know not a cocktail, but how can you leave this coming of age beer out of this convo. Hell Hole. That is all I am saying.
Ron Rico Rum- making no comments, but Rachel Bowell that is for you. Really you can mix rum with anything and it is good. In Puerto Rico a few weeks ago I rediscovered my love for rum.
Cosmopolitan's- the drink we drank to look sophisticated
PGA Punch- aka Hooch. Best memory, or non memory. Halloween 1990. I went as Axl Rose. We had the same hair and I can sing a wicked Sweet Child o Mine. Just ask anybody. So I go to a Phi Delt house party and run into Slash in one of the rooms with orange punch. This was before Karaoke, but whoever Slash was and I stayed by the punch belting out every song that came on the stereo all night. I woke up the next morning and freaked out because my right hand was all orange. Took me a while to figure out it was from dipping in the punch.
Southern Comfort- went down just a little too easy. Mix with sprite and call it a cotton candy. I got Grandma hooked on these for a while.
Speaking of Grandma- Johnnie Walker Red
Bourbon Slush- the Drink of choice for Kentucky Derby Parties. They are exceptionally good with overpriced simple syrup from the Troutdale. Right Mike Vetter.
JagerBomb- not commenting.
Wine- I like wine. I really like good wine, but I am way too lazy to learn about wine. No room in my head for all that stuff. Luckily I have many friends who can pick out wine and even more luckily I have many friends who like to share. My best friends know good wines, but are not wine snobs and will happily drink the Yellow Tail that you put out at a party. Can't be too picky you know. My kind of people know it isn't about how good the wine tastes, but how much fun you are having with those who are sharing it.
Sometime in the 90's I moved to vodka tonics. Still my favorite and I just finished one made with a local vodka from St Louis from Rachel. It was so good it spurred a blogpost. Excuse the typos and grammar issues. Remember I don't drink much anymore.