How to drink like a gentleman - Part 1 !
Drinking, and I of course mean alcoholic drinks, can be a pleasure! Or a social expectation! Or sometimes tricky, because it can hurt your reputation!
Well, mostly only with people who do not drink at all, who are strange people anyway. Nevertheless, there are many of them. Often bosses.
Hence my 10 ultimate rules about:
How to drink like a gentleman!
One thing in advance:
Before you order your drink, you should know what you want beforehand. Always drink a few go-to drinks when you're at the bar.
Bartenders don't have time to wait for to make your choice after debating with yourself which one to pick for 10 minutes. That gets them in a bad mood! And don't wave money at them as if they were some strippers; they will catch you; come over then you can order what you want and move on.
1. Never exceed the limit!
Everyone has different reactions to the amount of alcohol they drink and it is up to them to know what is acceptable and what is too much. What for someone else could mean one drink per hour, could maybe be two or three for you. You might also want to eat something before drinking, or you just don't do it at all.
For example, a party with your colleagues at the company almost always ends up in some gossip about the co workers that like to have a drop too much. The same goes for weddings or business lunches. You should not be the guy who ruins the evening for everyone or even worse is responsible for ruining the business deal.
2. Stay with the classics!
Most bartenders are capable of mixing old fashioned long drinks: classics.
Personally, my drinks of choice are a gin and tonic or a whiskey sour. I love those drinks, not only because I've had them very often, but because I know how strong they are, and I also know how to get myself going.
Which does not mean that alcohol is an excuse to be rude or to make a fool of yourself.
In general, most whiskeys have about the same strength, unless it's cask strength. Therefore, it's best to always order your specific whiskey. I like to have a Manhattan on the rocks with royal rye whiskey. Obviously, if the bartender doesn't have that specific whiskey, ask them what other ones they have and you can always just pick something else to drink, that's okay.
3. Drink step by step and never use smartphone!
So the main goal of drinking like a gentleman is to enjoy yourself while you're still civilized and in full control of yourself.
Also, remember that a gentleman drinks his drink from a glass, not from the can or the bottle.
So always drink step by step! And hands off the phone!
Each of us was already drunk once in their life. And of course, the alcohol influenced behavior always has an impact on how you are perceived. The truth is, we're never on our best behavior when we're drunk, and the potential of long-term regret sometimes outweighs the pleasure of a night. To top it all off, everyone has a smartphone with them and takes pictures and videos. In the end, these end up being found from the wife, the lover, the employer, their own mother or the hereditary uncle.
4. Beer and wine is generally ok, if ... ..!
Beer is the choice of drink for a casual evening. So, if you want to meet people in a bar or visit someone at home, then beer is an excellent choice. You can have a coherent and well thought out conversation without making bad decisions when you have to concentrate on business. One or two beers usually shouldn't leave a negative memory. Wine is also a good companion for a casual, bright environment.
5. Don't hesitate to explore the world of beer and cocktails!
Explore different types of drinks like cider, mead, beer or spirits. Go to some tasting events. Visit local breweries, wineries or distilleries. Tasting events have become increasingly popular, and it's also something fun to do with your friends. After exploring, you'll need to narrow down your choices and decide on your new go-to drinks.