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Friday, May 12, 2006

Bucket-like Proportions

A modern dilemma for a modern drinker: you order your favorite alcoholic beverage and what clinks in front of you is a monstrous bucket-like abomination that offends all your senses. You sit on your stool, stumped with disappointment.

But isn't more better?

Contemplating this thing in your face, you wonder if aliens may have escorted this beverage from the heavens (or hell--whatevs).

Are you alone? No. You're among the many cocktail connoisseurs who're perplexed every day by this modern enigma: the oversized "cocktail bucket".

But how did this happen? And how do we deal with it? Was it the late '90s trend of oversized cocktails meant to get Sex-in-the-City types wasted? That's the cliché answer. Can we lay it on the doorstep of T.G.I. Fridays' margaritas? Or is it just the result of mixology-hungry people like me?

While it's true that people are more likely to believe a simple lie than a complex truth, let me start and end with the former.

Modern bartenders are doing their jobs; people want to get drunk, so that's what the alco-slingers give them. But that's pitiful. People in our camp want more. We want a freezing cold cocktail in small proportions, craftfully made, that doesn't taste like dishwater when it hits our lips. But the gigantic-cocktail-servers are out to destory us.

So how do we fight? Rule of thumb: if over 6 ounces, common sense it trounces. Ok, that's a horrible rhyme, but you see what I'm saying ...


At 8:17 PM, Blogger red storm said...

What if you ask for a double?

At 1:35 PM, Blogger The Blonde Menace said...

This is the most brilliant idea for a blog EVER.

Can I link to you, that is whenever I figure out how to add a links section to my blog?

At 1:48 PM, Blogger Lonnie Bruner said...

Link away!

At 11:20 PM, Blogger bar.mix.master said...

I too get very disappointed with the monster bucket cocktail. In our time of Super Sizing everything we must stop and think. Is bigger REALLY better? In my mind sacrificing quality for quantity is not a good thing. One of the things I hate more than anything is a room temperature cocktail. All that wasted liquor... its alcohol abuse I tell you!!

I guess the large size is their justification for charging 18 bucks for a cocktail. I'd rather pay the same price for a 6 to 8 ounce cocktail.

At 11:45 PM, Blogger Washington Cube said...

I haven't really come up against this, but then I tend to hang in more traditional bars, not places with chi chi little names and lighting systems by hAnZ.

At 5:26 AM, Blogger Darryl said...

I find the mondo cocktails are mostly fruit juice or cream-based behemoths without much actual liquor in them. I have yet to see a real gin Martini served in a 10-ounce glass (thankfully).


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