Monday, October 16, 2006

Do you have a preferred tipple? Do you know what tipple means? Because it’s not nearly as dirty as it sounds (I say that a lot, I think everything sounds dirty. So immature!).

See, I had a few drinks this weekend and I was thinking about how I came to be a whisky drinker. It really was a random choice. We were talking at work one day and somehow we all decided that we wanted to start sampling whisky, so we did. And now, quite randomly, I am a whisky drinker, as in, whisky is my drink of choice, which is not entirely true actually now that I think about it for a second. Whisky is my drink of choice in the winter, gin and tonic in the summer and beer with food. But I am pretty picky about all of them. I have kind of expensive tastes. I would rather drink water than drink a beer I don’t like. Same with whisky I think, although I am more flexible with gin because I prefer to mix it with something (soda, tonic, olives, ice…although I may have had a gin and juice more than once in my life because yes, I am that ghetto (Dude, I am so NOT ghetto even when I try to be)). I did the “extremely cheap alcohol” thing in college, I don’t need to do that anymore. Seriously, you can only be friends with Pepe Lopez for so long.

Wine is another story though. I can appreciate a fine wine but what I buy is actually either the best cheap wine in a box I can find (I am totally serious, stop looking at me like that), or the wine with the prettiest label. As I am prone to headaches, I tend to avoid reds and stick with whites. I don’t like it too sweet, but I don’t like it too dry either. But all that is really beside the point as I have often said to my friends while drinking something that could be wine or could be anti-freeze “I have never met a wine I wouldn’t drink.” I have had Nightrain and Mad Dog and I’m not even a hobo! I may have even drunk Boone’s Farm from the bottle with a crazy straw, I ain’t sayin’ one way or another. Me and wine, we are long time friends.

But in reality, I am not that big a drinker (shutup Jodi!). Saturday night marked the end of a particular bottle of whiskey that I have been nursing for two years. And it was sad. I didn’t want to say goodbye to my “The Speyside” (that’s the name of it, you have to keep the “The” in there, other wise you are just talking about a type of whisky, see, not only do I drink it, but I know things about it! That’s what makes me a “drinker” not an “alcoholic”). Naturally, there is another bottle that is already taking its place. And there is one in line for after that, but extrapolating from the previous bottle-drinking rate, I think it will take a while to get through these. Wanna come over for a drink? I gots lots to share!


(psst...In case you were wondering, "whisky" is the preferred spelling for the drink that comes from Scotland. Which is what I usually drink. But I am totally open to other spellings and other "whiskeys" if you are buying.)

7 comments:

jules said...

i believe i was at your most ghetto drinking moment....

that would be on the damn pony island where we were forced into drinking gin & tang mix because someone wouldn't share the wine with us....

victoria winters said...

Red wine, mojitos, margaritas, or amaretto sours please! :)

Jodi said...

I read this post a couple of times...it's overwhelming...and did you tell us what a tipple is? I, of course, do not know and am too damn lazy to look it up.

You are much more of a drinker than I am, madam. Maybe I should strive to be more like you. I'm pretty sure I haven't had whiskey since I was a baby (they rubbed it on my gums when I was teething).

And I just don't "get" the whole wine thing. I don't like most that I've tried, but I do know I love that NJ Blueberry stuff you spoil me with! I still have a bottle in the fridge waiting for me to decide to drink it.

ren said...

a tipple is just a drink but it generally refers to an alcoholic beverage.

and i seem to have gotten plenty of drunken phone calls from you, young lady! but come over, try the whisky, you might like it.

and that blueberry wine is mighty fine!

Brenda Griffith said...

Whiskey? WHISKEY?!? Heathen! It is Scotch (whisky), or Irish whiskey, or Bourbon (whiskey) or rye (whiskey). It is NEVER just "whiskey" if it is your drink of choice. You have to have SOME discrimination, even if you do drink gin and Tang (shudder). The only thing you should mix with Tang is Ever Clear. My favorite in the youngandstupid days was the Yukon Banana Popsicle: Yukon Jack, Creme de Banane and coke. I don't drink coke anymore.

ren said...

woman! do you notice that it is WHISKY???? if it is whisky i shouldn't have to tell you it's scotch. the only other thing it could be is canadian and do i look canadian to you?

and the gin and tang was a long time ago. and it was an emergency. i swear.

WHISKY, i say. not that i am opposed to whiskey or bourbon. but whisky means scotch, unless it means canadian, and it never means canadian.

sheesh.

ren said...

also, when you call it "scotch" you get the "scotchy, scotchy, scotchy, scotch" jokes from "anchorman" and i don't like will ferrell.