You are what you drink

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The Sunday after a long week is so depressing. And this past weekend was no different considering my weekend got started at 5:32 p.m. on the dot when I left work and headed off to Thirsty Thursday at the Knights’ game. Unlike the Greensboro Grasshoppers — Greensboro’s minor league baseball team — who feature $1 beer on Thursdays, the Knights’ stadium charges $3.50. Unsure if the size of the cup, price and amount of refills necessary were actually cheaper than purchasing the $12 tall boy, I decided a 24-ounce can and two less trips to the counter were worth it. When I was deciding on which beer I was going to indulge in, out of 6 or so limited options, I began to wonder how people are perceived based on their go-to drink.

Which is cooler, Bud or Miller? There’s Redd’s for $1 more... but does that mean I can’t handle the taste of beer or I’m too good for it? I can’t tell you how many times a guy has seen me grab a beer — let’s be honest, I was grabbing two, who doesn’t double fist? — and then had a comment along the lines of, “I love a woman who can drink beer.” As if I needed the validation... But hey, no offense fellas. I think the same thing about you when you grab a Blue Motorcycle... don’t forget the lemon! *hair flip and a side eye*

So, I decided to poll a few friends on their first thoughts when they see or hear different people order a particular drink. Granted a lot of other factors come into play, but, based on my drink choices, I guess I would be classified as a cheap party girl? Take a look at a few of the popular drinks on tap among QC nightlifers.



Red Bull Vodka (RBV) — This person is there to party and doesn’t plan on sleeping any time soon. But be careful the next time you order this one, most house vodka is Aristocrat. And trust me, I’m no connoisseur but I do know ’Crat is the quickest way to a hangover.

On the Rocks — Anyone who can casually have their drink of choice “on the rocks” is an OG — original gangsta! This person either doesn’t mind or enjoys the taste of alcohol and will rarely taint or dilute the flavor of a strong, probably top shelf whiskey with sour mix. #socialite

Whiskey Ginger or Whiskey Coke — “Slightly distinguished, but not quite there yet” as a friend of mine described. This person hasn’t reached OG status but is well on his or her way. They can appreciate the taste of alcohol but aren’t quite ready for all of their chest hair to pop out. They would be your OG in Training!

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) — You can’t beat an 18 pack for $11.99 (yes, 12 bucks for a whole day of drinking). Apparently this is the drink of choice for either the cheapskate or the hipster. Interesting how you’re either not cool or super cool. Guess that means I’m super hipster because this one’s definitely a go-to.

Miller Light/Bud Light — Beer pong and frat stars. Miller and Bud are the ultimate sign you have arrived at your apartment complex’s pool! When you need a cheap beer and don’t know where to turn, you can bet your bottom dollar there will be a cooler or five of these hanging around. Oh, and don’t worry, you can spend all day bumming these with no issue, trust me I’ve done it before.

Fruity/Colorful drink — And by popular opinion, if you’re having a fruity cocktail and you’re not at a craft cocktail bar, you are simply a weenie. Whether this means you’re a girly girl or a girly boy, I’m still trying to decipher. I guess I’m also a weenie because a mimosa is usually an important part of my hair of the dog regimen.

Fireball Shot — Watch out now, this person is READY TO GO! They will quickly turn one shot into two, three, four shots.

The Ritas — Straw-ber-rita, Lime-a-rita, Mang-o-rita and the list goes on. This gang of margarita beers have become really popular for their fruity flavor and higher alcohol content. They have also become lovingly known as THOT juice. THOT for those that don’t know should venture over to urbandictionary.com for a quick vocab lesson. Long story short, the juice is said to be the drink of choice for a person who wants his or her milkshake to bring ALL the boys or girls (or both) to the yard.

Craft Beer — Well, “Son of a Peach” (bottled in Spartanburg, South Carolina) you’ve got a keeper with this one! This drinker has an artists’ palette. They are creative with their drink choices and willing to give something new a try. If you find one, send them my way — we’re headed straight to Common Market!

What drink(s) best describe you? What drink makes you cringe when someone orders it?

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