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First time drinker (advice?)
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I’m 18, and don’t drink all that often. I usually have two drinks every year.
I’m going out for supper with a bunch of friends, and I would like to hear some advice on what would be a good drink to order. Any ideas would be great, also how the drinks taste / how strong they are.

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if u want something that tastes nice order something like a vodka lime and soda, they are nice vodka doesnt have much of a taste so it pretty much tastes like what ever u mix it with.
really depends on what occasion it is wine/beer/spirits best bet it to see what other people order first. i guess u could just copy someone else, but hey i drink anything.

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- Do not drink alcohol together with Coca Cola or same stuff
– Be careful when drinking vodka together with juice – it’s really easy to drink much more than you are capable of
– Try not to decrease the spirits %, i.e. don’t go vodka – then wine; opposite sequence is less dangerous
– Until you become so drunk that you don’t understand what you are speaking, you are not drunk
– Until you become so drunk that you don’t understand what you are speaking, you’ll never know how much you can actually drink

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VODKA TONIC BABY!!!!
Thats my favorite drink. But a good pointer would be liquor before beer you are in the clear. Beer before liquor you will be sicker. Have fun!

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Go for the wine. Wine-drunk IMO feels so much better than beer-drunk or vodka-drunk. Its a smooth happy non headache inducing drunkeness…unless you down way way too much. Drinks with bubbles make you feel bloated in addition to being drunk.

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But wine usualy results (for me and many friends) in a wicked hangover for the reasons username mentioned above.

Besides wine is a pretty fruity drink for a man to get drunk on, unless he is a Scottish hobo and said wine is of the fortified variety.

Chinese traditions state start with string clear alcohol (you’d likely last 5 minutes of it by the sounds, then wine for a brdige and finish with beer). Something to keep in mind.

Best drink in the world is the Bloody Ceasar but only available in Canada mostly. It makes the Bloody Mary look like Bloody Hell.

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Sickboy I’m surprised you get hangovers from the wines near the Vatican. Italian wines do not have the same preservitives wines from other countries generally use. Which are the key cause of headaches. In fact, the only time I had a hangover from Italian wine…it was because I drank 4 bottles.

I love wine. Its the only alcoholic beverage I enjoy with food. Beer is OK with shitty food…I do love the German/Belgian/Czech/Austrian brews. However, only wine can enhance a stellar meal IMO, and that is an unbeatable combination.

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i dont particually like to drink while i eat puts me off my food, but good old bundy rum from australia never gives me a hangover

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A legacy of all the communion wine I drank at noon hours during high school.

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Thanks guys, that’s a ton of help
I usually avoid forums because there’s too many idiots for my liking, but you guys are civilized. You rule!
Vodka lime and soda sounds good.
What kind of weird things will a restaurant add to a drink? Can you make a rasperberry vodka drink?

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Fellow Eurotrippers, It is now not no longer merely pleasurable to drink well, copiously and frequently, but a matter of sheer survival. Please see: http://www.ananova.c… For myself, although the present avalanche danger in Florida is, shall we say, slight, considering imminent radical climate change and its possibly unusual effects, I think it essential one should maintain rigorous training anticipating the unforseen and inevitable.

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Thanks guys, that’s a ton of help
I usually avoid forums because there’s too many idiots for my liking, but you guys are civilized. You rule!
Vodka lime and soda sounds good.
What kind of weird things will a restaurant add to a drink? Can you make a rasperberry vodka drink?

Vodka will mix with just about any fruity flavor since quality vodka should taste as close to water as possible. The cheaper the vodka the less mixable it’ll be. If you’re more for a sweet liquor go for rum (somewhat spicy too) however it mixes well with coke and I don’t quite know why Andrew advises against coke.

Be certain to end your night with some carbalicious food and a glass or two of water before going to bed if you drink a good amount. Hangovers tend to be caused by lack of nutrients (alchoholic beverages are diuretics), and dehydration. I’ve never had a miserable hangover after a night drinking where I had some solid food and two glasses of water.

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Of course, the sex of the drinker does affect what is acceptable to drink in a social setting.

I like colourful, fruity drinks as much as the next bloke, but not around my mates…

If you are female, you can have anything you wish.

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vodka isnt suppose to have a taste. but yea mix with any type of fruity drink, its good times, but watch how much u have cause before u know it ur drunk. vodka and rasberry is nice too.

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So what’s the real deal with the liquor before beer (or vice versa) thing? Why would the order of alcohol % matter at all?

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Fellow Eurotrippers, It is now not no longer merely pleasurable to drink well, copiously and frequently, but a matter of sheer survival. Please see: http://www.ananova.c… For myself, although the present avalanche danger in Florida is, shall we say, slight, considering imminent radical climate change and its possibly unusual effects, I think it essential one should maintain rigorous training anticipating the unforseen and inevitable.

Why didn’t he just pour the beer on the snow directly? Everyone knows that Europeans don’t refrigerate that stuff.

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Fellow Eurotrippers, It is now not no longer merely pleasurable to drink well, copiously and frequently, but a matter of sheer survival. Please see: http://www.ananova.c… For myself, although the present avalanche danger in Florida is, shall we say, slight, considering imminent radical climate change and its possibly unusual effects, I think it essential one should maintain rigorous training anticipating the unforseen and inevitable.

Why didn’t he just pour the beer on the snow directly? Everyone knows that Europeans don’t refrigerate that stuff.

The car was surrounded by snow. I’m sure that beer was fairly chilled. It wouldn’t have the effect that warm piss would. More importantly, its just not as fun.

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So what’s the real deal with the liquor before beer (or vice versa) thing? Why would the order of alcohol % matter at all?

For me personally it’s the fact that as I get more intoxicated it’s easier to down larger volumes of harder liquor, so basically you go from drinking at the pace that you drink beer (can be pretty damn fast for me since I REALLY enjoy the flavor plus I’m 230 lbs with pretty good filtration) so when it gets up to hard alchohol the harshness of it diminishes completely and I’m sucking down long islands like they’re sam adams light.

This leads to increasing the ingestion of alcohol 10x as fast as usual and a pretty quick trip to the WC to get rid of the excess in a unpleasurable manner. If I start off with the heavyweight stuff I can switch to "light" (from 40% to <10%) and keep the same pace without ramping up extremely fast. Much easier to get comfortably drunk and keep it there this way for me personally.

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quote: Try not to decrease the spirits %, i.e. don’t go vodka – then wine; opposite sequence is less dangerous

It’s the other way around.

quote: What kind of weird things will a restaurant add to a drink? Can you make a rasperberry vodka drink?

There are literally thousands of recipes for drinks. Stolichinaya(among others) has a rasberry vodka on the market.

quote:If you’re more for a sweet liquor go for rum (somewhat spicy too) however it mixes well with coke and I don’t quite know why Andrew advises against coke.

Because of the sugar. As a general rule of thumb, the sweeter the drink, the worse the hangover will be.

quote: I usually avoid forums because there’s too many idiots for my liking, but you guys are civilized. You rule!

You really are new here, aren’t you?

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I’ll give you two options so you have something to choose from. Get either a "cement mixer" which is 3/4 Bailey’s and 1/4 lime juice (it actually curdles when you mix it) or a "buffallo sweat" which consists of half 151 and half tobasco sauce. You win either way. Buy a couple of rounds for you and your friends and you will be an automatic hit.

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quote:Get either a "cement mixer" which is 3/4 Bailey’s and 1/4 lime juice (it actually curdles when you mix it) or a "buffallo sweat" which consists of half 151 and half tobasco sauce.

I’ll do you one better. Ask for a "Hairy Buffalo", I’ll tell you what it is after you drink it.

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You mey want to start out with beer and wine. There are hundreds of great beers you can’t even find over here (a lot are stronger!) and same with wine and it’s half the price in a lot of cases. Sangria is a refreshing fruity wine mix that I enjoyed in Spain and Portugal (less alcoholic) or you can be like the local kids and buy a $1 bottle of red wine and add Cola , but I don’t recommend that.
Ans if you don’t want to crawl out the door, stay away from the Absinthe and anything that flames

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As a former bartender, where I’m from, a "Buffalo Sweat" is taking the little rubber spill tray from under where drinks are poured and dumping it into a glass. It’s either a frat dare or the result of a bad bet.

Sangria comes in these little boxes (like Parmalat milk) that the people in Barcelona suggested that I drink. Surprisingly, it was really good and refreshing in early summer. Vodka and 7Up isn’t too bad if you don’t like tonic, but tonic is cool and glows under the black lights of a strip club.

Regarding the order of liquor, beer, etc. A good rule to remember is drink the spirit with the greatest percentage of alcohol first (liquor-wine-beer). What really gets me when I drink the opposite way is the carbonation of the beer. It tends to fill me up, and when that happens, it makes my tummy more prone to "spilling" – let’s leave it there.

Agreeing with clunker that the level of sugar in the drink has lots to do with the hangover factor. Sweet mixers, rum (in lg. quantities), fruity drinks with potent alcohol surreptitiously blended in – all of these will make you hug the bowl and swear you’ll never drink again.

Don’t worry, you will.

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Angeltraino, you ruined it. I was hoping someone would order one. Hairy Buffalo=Buffalo sweat. Whereabouts did you bartend(city or state)?

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I didn’t know that haha "buffalo sweat" here is called "road kill". yummm(actually I’d probebly like it more than anything with tobasco in it!

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clunker – Tucson, AZ. Sorry for ruining the suggestion, but now we know of three potential names for that concoction, since they seem to be regional anyway.

LEX – Absinthe is not for the newbie drinker, but it is lovely, if you can take it. Gave me lots of energy to party late into the night with a young Canadian, and enhanced that as well. Coca-Cola and Gallo Paisano was intro’d to me by an old boyfriend, and it wasn’t bad, but there’s the pesky sugar again.

I still vote for the luxurious red wine intoxication.

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It’s interesting how the names of drinks vary from place to place. That’s why I asked where you worked.

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So what’s the real deal with the liquor before beer (or vice versa) thing? Why would the order of alcohol % matter at all?

The correct saying goes "Liquor before beer, no fear. Beer before liquor, never been sicker."

Or is it "Liquor in the front, poker in the rear?"

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Being Scottish I am a slave to the black stuff. A nice pint of Guinness is unbeatable, does anyone know how available that is in Europe? Its pretty much on tap in every pub in the northern UK, not sure about london but im sure it is aswell. I read that after Ireland, kenya is the second largest Guinness consumer in the world.
I am also partial to red wine, no not fortified ‘buckfast’ sickboy, but a nice glass of red wine with a meal is unbeatable, beer just isnt enjoyable while Im eating. I’d say people new to drinking would be safe with lager, not a high %, nice taste, can’t drink it too fast in order to induce vomit. Can’t get enough of that wonderful Duff!

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quote: A nice pint of Guinness is unbeatable, does anyone know how available that is in Europe?

There are Irish pubs serving Guinness all over the world, shouldn’t be a problem finding one.

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I used to go out trying to have a Guinness in every country, which I suppose I still do, I just don’t really need to try anymore – it just happens. I think Morocco and Viet Nam were the only two countries I failed in, but I will be back in Nam and finish the deal! Azerbaijan was close but the crew at the bar managed to pack away the rest fo the eber in the country. A tremendous feeling of accomplishment that is.

I know Nigerians really like Guinness, but in African and I believe Carribean countries it is more common to drink Guinness out of the bottle – not out of the tap.

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In the immortale words of the great John Belushi….

"My advice to you, is to start drinking heavily…"

I am leaving from EWR with $4000 for 9 days

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Ahhhh John Belushi, what a great guy.
Im glad to hear about being able to get guinness in most countries, but morroco is struck from my list!
I had Absynthe last night, my parents brought me a bottle back from Prague, I’ve never had such a sore head as I do this morning….
Does anyone know the proper method for drinking absynthe? Im under the impression that you get a shot of it, dip a spoon of sugar in it to soak some green fairy up, light the spoon on fire, what till flames die out then stir sugar into the remaining absynthe in the glass then smack it over your throat. Then make a funny face and cough…

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Why didn’t he just pour the beer on the snow directly? Everyone knows that Europeans don’t refrigerate that stuff.

‘Everyone knows’ nothing, apparently. Beer is cooled almost everywhere in Europe apart from the UK.

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Regarding Guinness and it’s availability in Europe:http://eurotrip.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=59653

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Why didn’t he just pour the beer on the snow directly? Everyone knows that Europeans don’t refrigerate that stuff.

‘Everyone knows’ nothing, apparently. Beer is cooled almost everywhere in Europe apart from the UK.

What beers you talking about exactly…?

Because in the UK, all lagers, all ciders and all bottled drinks are cooled…

Only things that aren’t are Bitters. Which aren’t meant to be cooled….