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Which Do You Rather: Drinking or Cocktailing?

July 12, 2012 at 4:24 PM | by | ()

Drinking or cocktailing? That is the question. There is no mistake that cocktailing is an art. Drinking and appreciating the beverage is almost as special as preparation. Preparing a cocktail in minutes takes a lot of skill by the mixologist bartender. Those fancy drinks don't mix themselves. There is care and effort put into every Moscow Mule or Sazerac. Just look at how a Sazerac is prepared!

1. Chill an old-fashioned glass by filling it with ice and letting it sit while preparing the rest of the drink.

2. In a separate mixing glass, muddle the simple syrup and Peychaud bitters together.

3. Add the rye whiskey and ice to the bitters mixture and stir.

4. Discard the ice in the chilled glass and rinse it with absinthe (or substitute) by pouring a small amount into the glass, swirling it around and discarding the liquid.

5. Strain the whiskey mixture from the mixing glass into the old fashioned glass.

6. Garnish with a lemon twist. Traditionalists will say that the lemon twist should be squeezed over the drink to release its essences but that the twist should not be dropped into the glass itself.

Drinking a Sazerac really should be done with an appreciation of how the drink was prepared. For full disclosure, this writer tried a Sazerac for the first time a few weeks ago at Mob Bar and it was fantastic.

Meanwhile, there's drinking. Sure there's an appreciation for a frosty glass of beer or a nice cool refreshing vodka/soda, but it's a little different then the appreciation for a cocktail. Drinking usually consists of simple-to-prepare refreshing adult beverages. Nothing fancy or too complex for the bartender or the drinker.

There's a time for both drinking and cocktailing. Sometimes sipping a fancy drink and identifying all of its elements can be extremely gratifying. However, a similar gratification can be found without the thinking and a simple Cap'n & Coke will do.

Right now, this writer prefers to simply enjoy a nice drink, be it a beer or Grey Goose & soda. Perhaps, the 115 degree heat is influencing that decision. Maybe I'm just bored experimenting with cocktails that I can't make myself.

What do you prefer, drinking or cocktailing? Let us know in the comments.

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Archived Comments:


... have done my share of both, but when I really want to relax -- cocktailing.  There's just something sophisticated and right about it in Vegas...


Depends on where I'm at.  Back in the day at O'Shea's (sigh) I'd sip a fine cocktail and enjoy the view.  Versus sitting at Mandarin Oriental's bar chugging cheap beer.

I may have that backwards.  Alcohol makes my memory fuzzy.