It’s a tricky game – finding the drink that doesn’t merely suit your tastes, but also your body. It takes experience and tact to notice the side effects – good and bad. But, with a little bit of insight on what you’re drinking, there’s hope for the beginners after all.
Now, people usually start out with the basics – breezers (if it counts) and beer.
Beer is the oldest and most extensively consumed beverage across the world. Brewed by fermenting grains like barley or wheat, beer is the ideal drink for a hot summer day. For those who wish to give it a go, be warned – beer is loved by a majority, but is avoided by those who dislike the slightly bitter edge that comes along with it.
Best when cold, it is advisable to finish it before it comes to room temperature if you want to enjoy this golden drink to the fullest. Also, with excessive consumption of this chilled drink, comes a beer belly. So those who wish to maintain shape, remember – proportion is the key. You can always start out with Lager – the lighter beer, and move your way up the beer hierarchy if you find yourself liking it, then maybe add other drinks to your list of indulgences.
Vodka is the social drink that people typically go for, next. Like most drinks, you won’t taste the vodka on your tongue, but rather in your throat. Usually consumed in cocktails, vodka has its ups and downs – the downs mainly being killer hangovers. Taking vodka neat is an entirely different experience in itself and it’s best if you do it with friends in order to record all the priceless reactions. People new to the magical world of vodka can always start by ordering one of these famous cocktails:
Screwdriver – Combining Vodka + Orange Juice has never worked better.
Moscow Mule – Adding Vodka + Ginger Beer + Lime Juice will surely transport you to a fantastic place, maybe even in reality!
Cosmopolitan – For those who love everything fruity, Vodka + Cranberry Juice + Lime Juice is the one you’re looking for.
Black Russian– Vodka + Coffee Liqueur. If you love coffee and want to taste it in a whole new light, a Black Russian is something you definitely want to try.
Bloody Mary – Vodka + Tomato Juice + Flavouring.
For those who want to experience a whole new side of drinks, a Bloody Mary is definitely worth a shot, and if you like it, it’s worth a few more shots.
Rum is another favourite among the community. With an array of types, all offer different experiences in themselves. White rum is the most commonly found among cocktails. Made out of sugarcane by-products, rum has a high chance of sending you to your happy place, if taken right. Often combined with various ingredients, rum works wonders when had in these famous cocktails:
Mojito – With a combination of White Rum + Sugar + Soda + Lime Juice + Mint, this cocktail is basically a grown up version of lemonade.
Daiquiri – White rum + Sweetener + Citrus (preferably Lime) Juice gives this drink a very breezy feel.
Piña Colada – Adding White Rum + Pineapple Juice + Coconut Cream/Milk gives it a very vacation-y feel.
Long Island Ice Tea – Combing White Rum + Vodka + Lemon Juice + Gin + Tequila + Triple Sec + Cola won’t fail to make sure you have a very eventful evening.
Hurricane – Giving off a very pleasant feeling, this combination of Light Rum + Dark Rum + Passion Fruit Syrup + Lemon Juice is sure to surprise you.
Whiskey, on the other hand, is a risky drink when it comes to the mood. Crafted out of various grains (that may be malted) like barley, corn, rye, etc. whiskey is best had on the rocks or with water, if you wish to enjoy its taste to the fullest.
When appreciated and consumed in a good mood, nothing can lift your spirits more like a good whiskey. But, if consumed when in a sober state of mind, it will lead you down the boulevard of off-putting thoughts for the rest of the night. The best way to start out with whiskey, apart from the watered down version, is through cocktails. When out with friends, dodge the feeling of being clueless and order up one of these bad boys –
Whiskey Sour – With a twist of Lemon Juice + Whiskey, you can expect this one to be exactly what its name promises.
Get one of these and have a wild start to an even wilder evening.
Bourbon On the Rocks – A simple addition of Whiskey + Ice Cubes does wonders.
Bourbon is probably the most widely appreciated whiskey of all time and won’t fail to disappoint.
Irish Coffee – (Good news for the coffee lovers here) Irish whiskey + Coffee Liquor = The perfect drink.
With its decadent taste and the warmth it sends throughout your body, this cocktail is the ideal start to a very pleasant evening.
With this guide, you can find yourself the perfect drink according to the occasion, setting, mood and company, and avoid the feeling of being an alcohol-noob when you’re out with your buddies.