A friend forwarded a fantastic article to me that got me thinking: do I have a “signature” cocktail? New York Times blogger Anna Fricke reflects on the concept in her March 22 post, “Your Signature Cocktail.”
Ms. Fricke, whose sentimental favorite is the strawberry daiquiri but finds herself “compelled by circumstances to act my age and order a nice Bordeaux,” thinks that many of us aren’t drinking what we want to drink; instead, we choose the drink that we think will give those around us the best impression. Which makes sense: if I’m at some dive, I’d definitely pick a beer over a bellini. And I wouldn’t be caught dead at a chic martini bar with, for example, a rum and coke in hand. “What we choose to drink can reveal more about us than, say, our astrological sign or whether we prefer Elvis or the Beatles,” writes Ms. Fricke, and I think she’s right on target.
The drink I order with the most frequency is the gin & tonic. It’s a safe, tasty bet that is hard to get wrong. It’s a bit mature but not stuffy, and definitely cheaper than some fancier cocktails. So, does the fact that the gin & tonic is my most frequently ordered drink make it my signature?
Then again, my name is, after all, Miss Mojito. The mojito is undoubtedly my favorite drink—I’ve waxed poetic about its addictive sweet tartness countless times. So what should define my signature: frequency or favoritism?
Throw into the mix the question of seasonal appropriateness, and we have ourselves a real conundrum. What might work well as my signature drink in the spring or summer might seem weak and lifeless during cold winter months. What’s a girl to do?
Miss M wants to know: Is your favorite drink your frequently ordered drink? Share your cocktail ordering philosophy.
Posted by Miss Mojito.
Without giving this a lot of thought, I’m gonna say champagne. When I don’t know what I’m in the mood for, this is definitely my go-to drink. If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times, champagne goes with everything. No, it is not a true “cocktail,” but I also use it in cocktails all.the.time. Plus, I think everyone looks good with a champagne flute in hand.
But, I’ll admit that I’m also a product of my environment. I won’t order champagne in a dive bar. And, I do have a place in my heart for those too.
Great post, Miss M!
Mmm… thinking of champagne makes me thirsty…. But back to my original comment- I believe that your ‘signature’ cocktail is the one you would be imbibing in a perfect world. For instance, my perfect world entails reclining in a lounge chair on the deck of the infinity pool at the Greenbrier under balmy skies, drinking a caipirinha. Therefore, my signature drink is the caipirinha!
Miss Mojito – great post today! I am a beer girl – through and through and have often found that even when I experiment with martini’s or specialty cocktails, I drink more than I can handle! True, I don’t like drinking beer at a nice bar or at some posh after work hang out, but that also speaks to being true to thy self. I’ve grabbed a cold glass of Bud Light at Del Frisco’s in Manhattan ($$$$$$$) but I’ve also had a cosmo at my favorite dive. I think that’s the more important messsage :-)
I’m a white wine kinda girl. The drier the better. Also love my fair share of champagna, cava and prosecco. Will drink it anywhere, anytime!
Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever consciously thought of the concept of ordering according to my location, but it makes total sense! I guess I have always held off ordering anything served in a martini glass at a dive bar… even in NYC a guy holding a cosmo can get a few looks. =) I am also a bargain drinker, so drink according to the specials, even if it may be a $1 PBR. But I think if I could order one drink, judgement-free, it would be a kir, white wine with a little dollup of creme de cassis. Its a perfect lounge drink and a classic apperitif and if I feel so inclined to drink a la Miss S&C, I could always upgrade to a Royale.