Oh, Pumking . . . you have my devotion.
I'm with @mao1213 - Milwaukee is highly underrated. And as we all know, drinking is practically as natural as breathing in Wisconsin. Although that sun/gorgeous weather thing can be a shake of the dice come October.
@curiouser - I LOVE the Unity Brew idea! I may just jack it for my own wedding!
Yes!! More love for malteds! :) And any of you that can get your hands on it - Cedar Crest's "Chocolate Malt" is the best ice cream ever. Eat it straight out of the container, or throw it in a blender with just a bit of milk (and extra malt powder, if you're like me). Delicious!!
A McDonald's sausage & egg McMuffin has been a Hangover Helper on more than one occasion. This version looks a million times better, which I will take to mean it will INSTANTLY banish any ill-effects of over-indulgence, including cotton mouth, rolling stomach, and under-eye bags.
"I like real beer way too much to replace it with root beer." Truer words have never been spoken.
This sounds like my dream summer drink - sweet without being cloyingly so, a big ol' ginger WHOMP, carbonation, and not-quite-enough-ABV to wipe you out after 2. I usually go for G & Ts, but a little ginger-hop in there would not be a bad thing.
I must find a way to import this to northern rural Wisconsin. NOW.
In & Out, since I've never been . . . or anything that isn't a fairly standard burger/cheeseburger. I'm from WI; we hold certain things dear! But, it would be nice to branch out a bit.
Earlier in the day/in a shift, a virgin bloody Mary, because I was usually hungry. Later in the shift, either club soda with a TON of lemons & limes, or diet Sprite with bitters. Sometimes diet Pepsi with grenadine if I needed a sugar rush.
After my shift? Typically Johnnie Walker Black, 3 ice cubes.
Oberon . . . so wonderful!
Others: New Glarus's "Totally Naked" - perfect summer brew (in my eyes), and always makes me think of baseball, since it's released around the same time as Opening Day. Best enjoyed tailgating at Miller Park. :)
Surly's "Bitter Brewer" and "Hell," which reminds me I need to pick up a whole lot of Surly when I'm in Minnesota again.
My least favorite drinks to make: either those drinks where the customer doesn't REALLY know what's in them (e.g., they had "Drink X" at Bar A; they came to my place & ordered "Drink X" by name . . . I made it for them, only to find out that Bar A had really mis-named their drink; I found this often happened with Tequila Sunrises (I know, I know), or when people could TELL I was nearly in the weeds & would order a round of frozen drinks, all of different flavors. We only had one blender - we weren't set up to make 'frou frou' drinks. I will do my best to give the customer what they want, but please don't be upset when your order takes a bit longer than the guy at the end that ordered a round of bottled beer.
The worst, though, is the rudely-ordered drink. Don't yell at me from across the bar, don't snap your fingers at me, and definitely don't huff at me when I nod my head to you to signal I know you're waiting, and I'll get to you when it's your turn. You are not any more important than any other customer waiting, and treating me like a dog that isn't paying attention doesn't really make me want to get to you any sooner.
I guess it kind of comes down to whether you want this infusion to be noticeably "ginny," or only faintly so. If you want a more in-your-face gin flavor for a decent price, I'd suggest New Amsterdam. Gordon's makes a bottom-shelf-priced in-your-face gin, but it's not nearly as well-balanced as New Amsterdam.
Burnette's gin is pretty inoffensive and is super cheap. If I didn't KNOW I was drinking gin when I had it, I might have confused it for vodka. It just doesn't have much of that botanical bite that gin is known for.
Ireland: I want to go [back] to there! I haven't gotten NEARLY enough time in Dublin, and must return for pub-research purposes!
I'm usually up then anyway, and I tend to go the cheese crackers route. Lately,though , I've been on string cheese (slightly melty)-in-a-tortilla, dipped in hot sauce kick. It's my sub for chips & salsa. Get me started on that, and I eat WAY WAY WAY too much.
If I've been sleeping & wake up so hungry I'm actually in pain, it's a glass of milk - just enough to stave off hunger until morning and allow me to go back to sleep.
"I realize that beer's not a necessity, even on a sunny day"- WHAT?! How DARE you even question the necessity of beer on a sunny day!
I can't decide if I'm more disappointed in that statement, or in the fact I have yet to possess a $17 bill.
Really really really enjoying this column!
A martini, to the dry side.
The Memorial Union Terrace in Madison, WI. It's magical.
Union at Dusk
I'm more of a pay-your-own-share girl myself. There are days when I am the person that orders a salad, an app for an entree, and only water. And then there are days where I want an app, I want the expensive steak entree, and I want a Scotch or two. In either case, I am more than willing to pay what I owe; I don't want others to subsidize my expensive meal, and I don't want to pay $40 when I ordered $18 of food.
Most times, things seem to work out just fine, but probably because my friends and I all tend to be in the same boat. Also, as a former server, I will vouch for the theory that requesting separate checks at the beginning of a meal is FAR easier on staff than getting the total and then asking that it be split. At least acknowledge & abide by that . . . and don't be afraid to throw your server a bit extra for honoring your request.
Just bought Bushmills Honey.
My teeth STILL hurt . . . but I feel like this is too lovely to be mixed. How to make it more drinkable?! I feel like cutting it with club soda would keep too much of the sweetness, but cutting it with sour would take it far in the other direction, but not in a good way.
Any other suggestions for this?
Being hungover = Cheeseburger Day.
The quality/size of the cheeseburger needed to counteract any hangover is directly proportional to just how un-human I feel. Teeny bit of a hang over means all I really need is one cheeseburger from McD's . . . that'll set me right soon enough, provided it's paired with a Diet Coke (fountain only) and followed up with Gatorade & water.
Raging hangover means I need a full-blown bar burger. Bacon helps. Add water, Gatorade, and a small handful of Aleve, and we're set. If it's really super-horriffic, I need a chocolate malt with that burger.
And while all of that might be horrid for me and also my remedy of choice, I have to admit that the best, most effective hangover cure was running a 5K the morning after. DID NOT WANT, but I felt a billion times better after.
@ESNY1077 - hahahahahaha!
I haven't had Bushmills since touring the distillery in 2008 . . . may have to give this a whirl. I don't generally do sweet drinks, but my current go-to is Jameson & club soda. Could use a change up soon.
@ajmill1978 - THIS!!!! This is how I eat Skittles, but with a twist.
Skittles get separated into as many whole groups of 5 as possible (one each of red, orange, yellow, green, and purple). Then I start making as many large groups as possible. I eat them starting with those lone oddballs, then working up through larger groups. I ALWAYS save the full-5 groups for last, and I HAVE to eat them in rainbow order.
No, I haven't yet been diagnosed with OCD.
@Dina - This. A thousand times, this.
@nycpunk1 - It can be fun for a while, if people respect that there are boundaries. In my experience, far too many people (men) didn't think there WERE boundaries, and thought it was just fine to make any & every comment that came to their alcohol-hazed brains. It gets old in a hurry.
I may have to stock up on this stuff. It might be a good "favor" for my impending nuptials with Mr. Sconnie. (P.S., glad to see we're not the only ones hoping to finance our wedding in the same way & are at approximately the same stages of planning!)
Totally loving this column!! Your writing is very vivid, and I, too, felt the heat!