the cup of a carpenter


As we’re off to Napa Valley this weekend to celebrate my sister’s bridal shower, I have the following CODE WORD question for you all. What, specifically, are your three favorite drinks containing alcohol?

Mine? Glad you asked.

1. three Single-Malt Scotches tie for first (the Clynelish 1976 by Murray McDavid, the Ardbeg Uigeadail, and the 1975 “Rarest of the Rare” Banff)

2. a Toasted Almond made by a hot chick circa 1990


(honorable mention goes to the Prairie Fire shot, which is Cuervo 1800 with eight drops of Texas Pete)

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  1. ken

    1. Laphroaig 10 Year Old, neat.
    2. Ketel One martini, ice cold.
    3. The first Bombay Sapphire & Tonic of the year–always consumed on the first ‘real’ day of spring above 75 degrees and not a day before.
    4. The first ice cold Old Style (never Budweiser) at Wrigley every season.
    5. A creamy Boddington’s
    I couldn’t stop at three.

  2. FreshPaul

    1. Pint(s) of Theakston Old Peculier, preferably in a pub in Norfolk or York, where I have to duck to get in the door.
    2. Mezcal with tiny Mayan grandmothers in Oaxaca or Chiapas…the tortillas they had just made us were a bonus.
    3. smuggled champagne in Umstead Park in Raleigh to celebrate (or commemmorate) our engagement.

  3. Salem's Little Sister

    1. First sip of a Blue cup at He’s Not
    2. Trappist Chimay(thanks Brother!)
    3. smuggled Veuve Clicquot on the top of the Eiffel Tower on our honeymoon almost 10 years ago

  4. CM

    Frozen girly drinks. Margaritas, pina coladas…it’s not about the alcohol for me.
    Congratulations Michele! You go!!

  5. Alan

    Of course it is beer but in particular a class of beer called saison that originates from southern Belgium. Right now it means I am hunting out Pretty Things Jack D’or from MA, Ommegang’s Hennepin from CNY or Saison Dupont from the style’s homeland. Often in a corked “champagne bottle,” it’s highly carbonated, creamy from the inclusion of raw barley and/or wheat, spicy from the yeast strains, bracingly tangy with additions sometimes of white pepper. Modestly priced, too.

  6. Julie

    1. Good bottle of red wine
    2. Nuts N Berries from Buddy’s
    3. MJ 23 (lord only knows what was in it, but man it was good) from the bartender at the Roanoke Hotel in May 1995
    4. Authentic mojitos

  7. kevin frm NC

    1)Kentucky Spirit/rocks
    2)Tanqueray + tonic with extra lime
    3)Fresh squeezed OJ maragarita at El Gato Negro in New Orleans.

  8. craighill

    1) ice cold white can budweiser while fishing
    2) stoli/soda splash of cran w/ 2 limes
    3) ice cold silver patron

  9. GFWD

    In 1988-1989:
    1. Strawberry Daiquiri (with rum purchased by my good friend Zel M.)
    2. Any free beer (and I always collected the keg caps)
    3. Wine Cooler (laugh if you want to, but I wasn’t the only one drinking them)
    1989 to 1995
    1. Domestic light beer
    2. Rum and Coke
    3. Flaming Dr. Peppers
    1. Wheat Beers like Hefeweizen and Blue Moon and also the Atlanta-born Sweetwater Blue
    2. Vodka or Gin and Tonic
    3. Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka (with ice, with water, with lemonade or with Sprite)
    And, as Salem’s Little Sister noted above, the most timeless of all beverages is that first sip of a Blue Cup at HE’s NOT HERE and the first beer at Bub’s.

  10. caveman

    1. Makers Mark manhattan on rocks
    2. Large goblet of Rombauer Chardonnay
    3. Herradura margarita on the rocks with heavy salt on the rim
    Honorable mention:
    Jack and coke at Kenan Stadium
    Draft beer at any pro sporting event

  11. Chuck B.

    1) Hendrick’s Gin Martini, straight up, very dry and with olives
    2) Lagavulin, with one ice cube (sacrilege, I know)
    3) A homemade Margarita (not from a mix) made with any high-end reposado tequila

  12. FreshPaul

    it’s amazing how easy it can be to identify a frat boy by his drinking habits and preferences.
    Drinking is only made better when accompanied by sociology…

  13. littlerattyratratrat

    1) Wild Turkey, 100 proof, straight from the bottle, while playing a Les Paul through a really honkin’ huge power amp. Only way to drink.
    2) Dry gin martini, Bombay Sapphire, up, with an olive, and just show the bottle of vermouth to the drink to scare it a bit.
    3) 24-year-old Macallan, from that place in Edinburgh that has you sign the bottle.

  14. jersey

    (1) Macallan 18 on the rocks on a Friday after a long week.
    (2) A Fishbowl of Silver Oak Cabernet with a nice fliet mignon.
    (3) A frozen mug of Heineken poured from my fancy new kegerator.

  15. Claudia

    Location, location, location. No, wait, that’s something else.
    Champagne, champagne, champagne. ‘Cause I’m a classy broad.
    (Should the C in “’cause,” above, be capitalized or not? I pride myself on being a grammar nerd, but I’m not sure about this one.)

  16. andrea

    Right now:
    1. A bottle of red
    2. Sidecar: equal parts brandy, lemon juice, Cointreau in a shaker
    3. Northern Bramble*: Hendrick’s Gin, fresh lemon juice, maple syrup, and Chambord Raspberry Liqueur drizzled over hand-crushed ice.
    *with thanks to the

  17. michelle

    Three-way tie, depending entirely on the time of year and the setting:
    A beautiful amber or dark beer, such as la fin du monde
    A super cold, not too sweet vodka gimlet with ice crystals skirting the top
    A gorgeous and fat glass of wine (another three-way tie between, say, a ’01 Donnhoff Riesling, ’01 Allegrini Amarone, and some really pretty Sonoma Coast pinot noir)

  18. Rebecca

    1. Malibu Hawaiian Punch – O.J., Pineapple juice, Malibu coconut rum, Amaretto, splash of grenadine. Tastes best on Maui.
    2. Cosmopolitan. Most delicious in my kitchen with 2 great friends while our daughters play upstairs on a Friday afternoon. (Guess what I’m doing today?)
    3. Gin and tonic when it’s over 90.
    New favorite with a soft drink: Skyy Cherry Vodka in Coke. Tastes just like a Cherry Coke.

  19. cate

    1. The first glass of Jameson’s after we got engaged in Ireland. And every glass after that.
    2. A Steele pinot noir — reasonably priced, lovely flavors.
    3. A bourbon old-fashioned. The last one was at Bemelmans bar, made by the eternal Tommy Rowles.

  20. Megan

    1. ice-cold, very dry Tanqueray martini with an extra olive
    2. Tanqueray and tonic with lime an a hot day
    3. Lagavulin, neat
    But I haven’t had any of these, or any drinks at all, in almost 7 years, and my life is much better for it.

  21. jje

    I’m boring –
    Champagne, including fun girly champagne cocktails
    Mojitos, especially the ones downed at playdates/nights out with the girls :-)
    Margaritas (see above)
    Honorable mentions for Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka with lemonade and Amaretto Sours (my “back in the ZTA days at Carolina” drink)

  22. Paul G

    There’s some great answers above, and I did take notes.
    For me right now:
    1) J Wine Company – Pinot Noir, Nicole’s Vineyard
    2) Delirium Tremens
    3) Any margarita made by my friend at his place, Fiesta Cancun, in Oconomowoc, WI

  23. LFMD

    Truth be told, I don’t drink much. Never have. But, I do enjoy two in particular drinks:
    1. Whiskey sours at weddings
    2. Bailey’s in the evenings during the winter before I hit the hay

  24. emma

    I thought I had a pic of GFWD drinking a flaming Dr Pepper back in the day. Alas, I just looked and I don’t.
    1. Cosmo in this bar in Soho, right across the street from the apt my niece stayed in this summer. We dubbed it the BCE (not too original, but best cosmo ever).
    2. Margaritas. Not much of a liquor drinker, so I really think I love this drink because of the salt around the rim.
    3. Hurricanes at Pat O’Briens.

  25. GFWD

    Emma, what happened in RAMSGATE APARTMENTS in the lat 80’s and early ’90’s STAYS in RAMSGATE APARTMENTS. If YOU pull out old pictures, I’ll pull out old pictures, too. No one wins in this scenario! Smile.

  26. Bud

    1) Beer! Any quality small-batch domestic (preferably local) will do.
    2) Rum!
    3) Jaegermeister!
    Honorable mention to tequila, good scotch (thanks for the education, Ian), bourbon, whiskey, vodka… and of course the Roasted, Toasted Almond, made with an ounce each of Kahlua, Amaretto, Bailey’s, Vodka and a scoop or two of quality vanilla ice cream. I distinctly remember making one of those for you at pledge formal 1987 and/or 1988, Ian!
    All that being said, I haven’t had a drink since New Year’s….

  27. Greg T.

    1. Dogfish Head’s Red & White – I love the combination of Belgian wheat beer with Pinot Noir grapes!
    2. An Old Fashioned made with Maker’s Mark.
    3. Anything at He’s Not on a Thursday night in the summer.

  28. Annie H.

    In anticipation of snow, just went to the liquor store and got:
    1) Absolut Peppar (to be served in a fancy shot glass ice-cold & sipped very slowly)
    2) A fancy expensive single-malt scotch (to be served room temp in a fancy shot glass & sipped very slowly)
    Favorite beer in the whole entire universe (not available at liquor store)
    3) Schneiderweisse. It’s a wheat beer (duh) which is the only kind of beer I can drink anymore. This is the best-tasting beer in all of creation.

  29. Scott

    1. Bluecoat gin martini with olives.
    2. Almost any wine produced by Frank Family vineyards in Napa Valley – the still wines from the back room. Ian, if you visit there and bring me a case, I’d be much obliged.
    3. Gimlet with fresh limes and Bombay gin.

  30. amy

    1. red wine, and if i had my druthers it’d be “the prisoner”
    2. a slightly dirty stoli martini straight up with three olives
    3. a silver or plata tequila, on the rocks, with fresh lime and cointreau in a salt-rimmed glass.
    honorable mention, a mother earth kolsch (sp?) beer.

  31. chip

    1) A bourbon and ginger ale
    2) A good bourbon (Maker’s Mark, Knob Creek, and especially Woodford Reserve) with a splash of water
    3) A near ice cold Sam Adams on a really hot day after playing outside or doing yard work.
    Honorable Mention: Red Wine, Ardbeg

  32. Julie Hunter

    Ice cold Tanqueray gin martini, dry with olives, preferably made by a professional
    Goslings Rum and ginger beer with lime (dark and stormy)
    Ice cold Corona with lime, August, 4-6pm, on Mansion Beach, Block Island after a swim.


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