May 30 11

So, remember when I gave up Diet Coke?

It, really, was one of the best things I have done for myself. And then there was the whole unexpected weight-loss wrinkle, which I am most certainly not complaining about, except when it comes to Droopy Pants Syndrome. But now I’m ready to complain, because, you guys, I went to a bar with some lovely ladies on Saturday night and

I panicked.

I mean, I’ll be honest, I’m not much of a drinker. I drink socially, only. I drink wine with certain friends because, well, we always drink wine with them, even though all I can think while I’m drinking it is that scene when Lucy and Ethel are smashing grapes with their feet and even though I realize that this is not the standard method of how wine gets made these days, it’s all I can see.

Feet. And grapes. And kerchiefs.

And when I actually do have a drink, it’s shocking if I even manage to finish a single one. I am a nurser, by nature, because the control freak in me doesn’t like giving up any control of any kind. (It’s true, you should see me on the subway when all my poor tired body wants to do is sleep but controllyAli just won’t let it happen. I have gone as far as turning the music way up and pinching myself.)

You will never see me sleep on the subway and you will never see me drunk.

These are truths.

They are not truths I am proud of, but truths nonetheless.

But anyway, for years, my drink of choice has been a diet coke and vodka. I mean, sure, occasionally, I change it up a bit with a beer or a vodka gimlet (how very Betty Draper of me) or a Tom Collins or a vodka soda or a gin & tonic, even though I don’t actually even really like gin & tonics and think they kind of, sort of taste like what I clean my kitchen table with, but I figure that like coffee, they may just be an acquired taste, and maybe one day I will grow to enjoy gin & tonics. Maybe. But probably not.

Hit me up, Internets. What’s your drink of choice? I need a replacement for my beloved diet coke and vodkas. Because Betty Draper certainly never had to tell a waitress that she was going to need another ten minutes to read the drink menu twelve times to come up with an acceptable drink. It’s mortifying. 

 

 

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  1. Wouldn’t you know, I love a g&t. I drink Sapphire, though, which doesn’t taste cleaning liquid-y, like Tanqueray does. Cheers!

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    alimartell replied on

    I feel like most of my friends drinks them.
    But, actually, I think it’s the tonic I’m more opposed to than the gin…because I kind of like gin. I’m weird. Heh.

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    Comment by Home Sweet Sarah on May 31, 2011
  2. Vodka & Soda with lime. Soda is spritzy like pop but not. Low cal too.

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    alimartell replied on

    I like vodka sodas…probably for that very reason. They go down easy and are LOW IN CALORIES! I was shocked at how many calories are in a gin and tonic!

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    Comment by Naomi Jesson on May 31, 2011
  3. Try your gin or vodka with lemonade… pink, if you’re feeling festive. Yummy.

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    Comment by Grumble Girl on May 31, 2011
  4. I’m a big fan of Citron and Soda with 2 limes. Light and fresh during the spring/summer months, and low on the calorie count. If I need the caffeine consumption, I drink a whynatte (coffee drink) and espresso/vanilla vodka,

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    alimartell replied on

    OMG. Espresso and vanilla vodka sounds DIVINE.

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    Julie replied on

    Oh, I must agree. I actually bought some chocolate vodka last week and I am going to try it in a coffee drink.

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    Comment by Darcey on May 31, 2011
  5. I often drink club soda with a lime when I’m not in the mood for a drink-drink but I don’t want people wondering if I am pregnant, but when I get a drink-drink I prefer a vodka seven up with a squeeze of lime. My husband likes gin martinis, extra dirty with blue cheese olives.

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    Comment by Daisy on May 31, 2011
  6. Vodka soda is my choice, with two lemons or two limes in it. Gives it an extra pinch (and distracts from the fact that u are basically drinking straight vodka).

    I’m a control freak too when it comes to drinking (and most things). My boyfriend’s family always teases me and asks me if I’m pregnant bc of how little wine I drink at dinner. I can’t help it! The idea of being even a tiny bit drunk at the dinner table with them is enough to make me sick.

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    alimartell replied on

    We are basically twins! I love it!

    (people always ask if I’m pregnant too…)

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    Comment by Jayme @ Runner-n-Spice on May 31, 2011
  7. My drink of choice: St Germaine Martini. It is St Germaine elderflower liqueur, pear vodka, and champagne. I discovered this drink at Bar 89 in New York City when I was there for BlogHer last year. Since then, when socializing and drinking with friends, it is my drink.

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    Comment by Julie on May 31, 2011
  8. Vodka & Cranberry hands down, plus it’s healthy!

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    Comment by Sarah on May 31, 2011
  9. Are you no soda at all? Can you do like a whiskey and sprite?

    Sweet tea vodka, if they have it in Canada is lovely. And you can mix it with water or lemonade.

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    ali replied on

    no tea for me.boo.
    also, I would drink DIET sprite, but I don’t think many bars have that…

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    Darcey replied on

    You could always do vodka and a sprite/club soda split – you get some sweetness, but not all the calories.

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    ali replied on

    Ohh. That might be PERFECT!

    Comment by Kristabella on May 31, 2011
  10. I am not much of a drinker either. A little wine, a martini here and there. I really like Cokes.

    I have found that a Mojito is fun and never too strong. Nice in the summer.

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    Comment by The Onion on May 31, 2011
  11. amaretto on the rocks…kind of old lady-ish, and you’d need about 10 to actually get drunk, but its sweet and tart. They are yum.

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    Comment by Lisa on May 31, 2011
  12. I tend to drink club soda with a twist of lemon. I *hate* drinking any precious calories I could be eating, club soda doesn’t have any calories.

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    ali replied on

    HA! But it also doesn’t have any alcohol in it!

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    Comment by M&Co. on May 31, 2011
  13. I’m usually a G&T girl but in the summer I make Sangria a lot. I’ve also started making it with de-alcoholized wine. Not as much fun, but at least you can drive after a glass or two.

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    Comment by Danielle on May 31, 2011
  14. A shot of silver patron on the rocks with a ton of fresh squeezed lime. It’s the ultimate skinny margarita and it is delicious!

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    ali replied on

    Wait. What’s in Patron? Is it FRUITY?

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    Darcey replied on

    Patron is tequila… there’s actually a new place in Atl that specializes in tequila drinks – I had one last night with mexcal, agave, lime and poblano pepper… OMG divine (and spicy)!

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    Jen replied on

    “Wait. What’s in Patron?” I just spit Diet Coke all over my computer…

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    Comment by Charna on May 31, 2011
  15. If you nurse it and don’t drink copiously, is having Diet Coke with your vodka really that bad?

    If so, I’d suggest having coconut rum with pineapple juice and orange juice. And a splash of grenadine.

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    ali replied on

    I quit diet coke cold turkey…because it’s the only way that works for me. Even if I’m nursing it, it’s not a good idea for me to have any at all. SADLY. Heh.

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    Avitable replied on

    Well, the coconut rum and juice tastes like candy and has no soda, so I suggest giving it a shot.

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    ali replied on

    I will try coconut rum…because that sounds very interesting to me…but I don’t do pineapple. Maybe with just the orange juice?

    Darcey replied on

    Oooh! Bacardi O (orange rum) plus pineapple-orange juice, a little coco loco (coconut syrup) and grenadine is called a “painkiller” at the soccer bar in Five Points — and it is really yummy. And! Counts as breakfast… y’know, because of the fruit. Or something.

    Avitable replied on

    Yeah, just OJ with some grenadine would probably work, too. You don’t do pineapple?

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    Amy J replied on

    I like coconut rum with Dr. Pepper. (OK, weird I know.)

    ali replied on

    No sir. No pineapple for me. Of any kind. Ever.

    midgetinvasion replied on

    This suggestion right here is my drink of choice, except I hate coconut, so I do mango rum instead.

    The older I get, the more I can’t drink. I used to be able to drink men twice my size under the table. (Most of the memories of my trip to Ireland when I was 18 is a drunken blur.) Now? Tequila makes my stomach hurt, vodka gives me a headache, I never have liked beer or wine, and my stomach gets upset if I have any carbonation with my alcohol. Kind of limits my choices.

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    Comment by Avitable on May 31, 2011
  16. I’m not much of a drinker either. When I go out I usually get a Cosmopolitan (vodka, cranberry juice and something else) or just vodka and cranberry juice.

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    ali replied on

    I’m not really into fruit in drinks, unless it’s lime.
    I know…I’m weird.

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    Comment by LizP on May 31, 2011
  17. I am a wino – not in the stand on the street corner and beg for money for my next glass/bottle way – and not too ashamed of it; I can tell you I prefer pinot grigio to chardonnay, and chianti to pretty much any other type of red (though there are some good merlots and pinot noirs).

    If you are looking to replace a coke and vodka, how about a 7UP and vodka? It is my husband’s drink of choice when he orders alcohol at restaurants, though I also suggest a White Russian (with chocolatey liquour, yum yum) -neither of these drinks do I have on a regular basis.

    Also, what is your favorite beer? Even if you don’t drink it often, what would you be more likely to reach for?

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    ali replied on

    White Russians are DELICIOUS.

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    Comment by Mari on May 31, 2011
  18. I love a good mojito, but bartenders typically hate to make them. Still, they’re delicious, so I order them anyway.

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    Comment by Jessie on May 31, 2011
  19. Easiest drink ever. Put ice in a glass. Pour vodka in glass. Add lemon rind in the summer, or olives in the winter. From a fellow drink nurser, the drink gets more delicious as the ice melts, and all you need is one.

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    ali replied on

    that sounds PERFECT.

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    Comment by whoorl on May 31, 2011
  20. I haven’t drank in months, but only because I was training and gave it up. My fave go-to drinks are Whisky & Dr. Pepper, Kaluha & Milk, Pina Coladas, or Brava Light with lime wedges. Cheers!

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    ali replied on

    ….and now I’m singing the Brava ads.

    Braaaaaava! The beer of Summer!

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    Comment by Karen Sugarpants on May 31, 2011
  21. Recently become hooked on the Pink-tini. Pink Lemonade and Vodka, sometimes I use Absolut Citron to add a citrus-y flavor. You can add some mango if you wish. Depending on the desired strength of the day, I sometimes only use vodka, sometimes I cut with water.

    I plan on making these into frozen slushy drinks when the weather gets really hot, too. Can’t wait. :)

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    Comment by Cara on May 31, 2011
  22. If I feel like being super class, vodka and cranberry. Otherwise, my latest obsession is Strongbow hard cider. Looks badass like a beer, tastes yummy like a girly drink.

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    Comment by MonsteRawr on May 31, 2011
  23. I adore Appletini’s. It’s one of my absolute favourites! And in the summertime I almost always make myself a Strawberry Daquiri. The great part is that it tastes the same even without the alochol. A win-win situation :)

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    Comment by Hallie on June 1, 2011
  24. I am a gin drinker. Gin and tonics. Gimlets. Tom Collins. You name it. I’ll drink it. However, gin is (I think) one of the most fattening alcohols. I think vermouth is the least fattening. But who just drinks vermouth???

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    ali replied on

    gin isn’t that bad, actually. Only slightly higher than vodka…which is, like, 40-50 calories in a single. I think gin is, like, 50-60?

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    Comment by Laura on June 1, 2011
  25. I have to second (or is it third by now?) the vodka cranberry. We’ve also been drinking 7&7s for the past year or so – it’s totally an old man drink, but I let it slide because it really is delish!

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    ali replied on

    sadly, I don’t like cranberry.
    BOO.

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    merrymishaps replied on

    Still, give cranberry and vanilla vodka a try. Somehow, it tastes like strawberry cheesecake.

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    Comment by Jen on June 1, 2011
  26. Skinny Margaritas are the bomb!!!!

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    Comment by Shelly on June 1, 2011
  27. I suffer from the not knowing what drink to order at a bar syndrome. This is because I do not like beer or wine. So liquor it is! And the only bar I ever really go to has now solved this problem for me. They bought a frozen drink machine and keep it filled with frozen Vegas bombs. Red bull, Crown Royal, Peach Schnapps, and Malibu. Those things all mixed together and frozen make for one divine beverage.

    However, I can see that this helps you in no way at all. So I suggest either a 7&7 or a Midori sour. These are girly, but with many calories I’m sure. But hey, if you’re only having one…

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    Comment by Carrisa on June 1, 2011
  28. I am in the minority here but I always love a good red bull and vodka. I also have the occasional screwdriver. That said, I’m a beer drinker, I’m always happy to just sit down with a bottle of bud light.

    Ryan says Amarretto (sp) stone sours or just a whiskey sour.

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    Comment by Jen on June 1, 2011
  29. A White Russian is a wonderful tasty drink.

    Screwdriver – vodka and orange juice.

    Cuba Libre – rum & coke w/ a twist of lime.

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    Comment by monstergirlee on June 2, 2011
  30. My drink of choice is called an amelia earhart. Basically, its tequila, pomegranite juice and a splash of lime. It is so yummy!

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    Comment by Sensibly Sassy on June 3, 2011
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