Favorite Drinks + the Best Situations in Which to Enjoy Them
I am what I call a situational drinker. I find certain cocktails are best enjoyed in certain environments, so I always drink in accordance with the mood and place.
- •ManhattanShare one with someone special when you're snuggled up in the coziest booth of an old school bar.
- •Kir RoyaleBuzzy and flavorful; best enjoyed when celebrating something. The Kir Royale I had at Tower Bar after getting engaged was the best drink I've ever had.
- •NegroniThe perfect cocktail. Enjoy outside with some olives in the early evening.
- •Old-FashionedClassic; drink one at lunch with colleagues and pretend you're Don Draper.
- •Mint JulepGo for the Julep during the spring or summer, at a sporting event or a decadent brunch. Gingham should be involved whenever possible.
- •Pimm's CupIn the springtime, walking in a garden, wearing pastels. Bonus points if you're in the English countryside.
- •Piña ColadaEqual parts sweet and satisfying. Drink alone, by a pool, with nothing to do but read a book or heaping stack of magazines.
- •Corona with LimeBest enjoyed on a beach during the hottest part of the summer. Wear your bathing suit.
- •Red WineRed wine should be had while cooking (and subsequently eating) Italian food with a big group of people you love. Or with one particular person that you love.
- •RoséTastes like summer. Pair with a baguette and cheese on a picnic blanket. Split the bottle with your bestie and drink from plastic cups. Or straight from the bottle because you forgot the cups.
- •Mulled WineComforting and seasonal; make your own (your kitchen will smell amazing) in the fall or winter and sit near a fire under a big blanket.
- •MargaritaThe Margarita is most perfect when had at a loud Mexican restaurant with 3 or 4 friends + a massive bowl of chips and guacamole. Don't be ashamed to order frozen with a salted rim.
- •Bloody MaryPair it with your biggest sunglasses at a recovery brunch with a non-judgmental friend. Extra spicy, save the celery for last.
- •Boozy PunchEnjoy this communal experience at a classic (and slightly cheesy) restaurant with a huge group of college friends. If I had my pick - a Scorpion Bowl at The Kong in Harvard Square.
- •Gin & TonicMix up a G&T when a raucous dinner party is ending and games are beginning. @carolinek's legendary Christmas party certainly comes to mind.
- •VesperHighly boozy but utterly delightful; order it at a hotel bar alone and strike up a conversation with the bartender or other travelers. Fun Fact: I love this drink (and James Bond) so much that Vesper is my cat's name.
- •Mai Tai, Zombie, Singapore SlingFor that one night a year when greasy Americanized Chinese must be dined in, not taken out - go all the way.Suggested by @BWF