Let's all pound down as many drinks as possible to see who passes out first!!
What drink can we make to get drunk the fastest?
Anyone up for drinking games?
These are all things that might be said by a novice drinker. The purpose of drinking is not to get wasted. Sure, sometimes it happens but that should not be the ultimate goal.
Drinking is a social and culinary experience that should be enjoyed in good company with appreciation and respect for the cocktail.
I am very disheartened by the trend of coolers, being passed off as cocktails. A cocktail is a cocktail, not a fruity, sugar drink that just covers up the taste of alcohol. A cocktail has alcohol in it. You are supposed to taste it. That is the point.
When mixed properly a cocktail’s blend of sugar, bitters, and liquor has a magnificent flavor like none you have ever tasted.
Now, I’m not saying that cocktails should not have fruit juice, far from it. But the fruit juice should be an ingredient that complements the cocktail, not over power it.
Respect for a drink is lost when you can’t taste the alcohol. Thus, people get drunk easier and without thinking. It is this type of irreverence and adolescence that give drinking a bad rap.
Alcohol is a dangerous substance when abused. But when it is respected and mixed properly, it can be enjoyed thoroughly.
Please drink responsibly and in moderation. Learn your limits and damn it, drink like an adult!
Here is another great article by Robert Hess on this topic: