Think about what you do before going out for
dinner or drinks -- or both, with friends and family. Typically,
most people make sure they are wearing clean clothes, their breath
doesn't smell terrible and their hair is in some semblance of a
Other people go above and beyond that,
accessorizing with jewelry, taking time to actually style their
hair, using cosmetics, polishing shoes, ironing their shirt or any
other number of priming techniques.
When people put so much time and effort into their appearance, it's
interesting to think that they don't put much thought into the drink
they choose -- the very drink that can intrigue or disgust a
potential friend or even a possible date.
Imagine that you are turned off by people who
smoke or bite their nails.
Would you initiate conversation with
someone who just put out a cigarette or chewed off -- and spit --
the tip of their finger nail?
Some people think that the drink a person chooses
says a lot about that person in question.
Just like there are some
drinks you would probably not order at a workplace event -- ordering
a pina colada or that third vodka on the rocks with a potential
client would probably be a no-no -- there are also drinks that you
shouldn't let others see you drinking, depending on the impression
you'd like to make.
Those fruity, creamy concoctions can make an
But is that an impression you want to make?
"Drinks with umbrellas and lots of garnish
(cherries, oranges, pineapples) or those with contents on the rim
are usually quite young," he said.
"You don't catch many guys
drinking anything like this; it's mostly college-aged girls."
Whether your margarita portrays you in a positive
or negative light really depends on the environment in which you
"If you're in a Mexican restaurants, eating chips
and salsa, go for it," said Jacobson. "If you're at your local
watering hole or upscale bar or restaurants, skip it. It can seem to
others -- when ordering a margarita at the 'wrong' location -- that
you are dull, living vicariously through your drink."
Whisky/Scotch On The Rocks
Sometimes drinkers of certain beverages have
specific looks, Jacobson said.
"Your typical whisky or scotch drinker is someone
who may have more than a few drinks a week," said Jacobson.
"Appearance-wise, they are usually someone with facial scruff and
often a bit heavier."
'Original' Martinis With Gin Or
Sipping a classic martini, whether dirty or dry,
says the same thing, Jacobson.
"Most people who order martinis are experienced
drinkers," said Jacobson.
"Many are older, but if they are young,
they tend to know their way around a liquor cabinet."
Rum And Cola/Diet Cola
Jacobson said that rum and cola as a signature
drink suggests familiarity and someone who is unlikely to try
"People who drink rum and cola don't know to try
anything else," said Jacobson. "They are not very adventurous in
Thinking of ordering a bloody mary at your
favorite bar or restaurant?
"The people who order them the most are older
ladies, often women who have seen a lot of sun," said Jacobson. "The
other people who order them typically get them in the mornings, in
an attempt to nurse a hangover."
Does the thought of orange juice and vodka make
"Screwdrivers are hardly ever ordered," said
"People who get these drinks are typically
original thinkers," he said." They are also people who don't want to
taste the booze in their drink."
Appletini, Choco-tini Any
Flavored martinis have become quite popular in the
last few years, thanks in part to the show "Sex And The City."
Whether it's rimmed with a funky ingredient like graham cracker
crumbs or chocolate or loaded with fruity flavors, many bars and
restaurants offer at least one or two "specialty martinis."
"Women who are young, typically 21-24, are most
likely to be seen with flavored martinis," said Jacobson. "They tend
to like them because they are pretty and they carry them around as
if they were accessories to an outfit."
Cosmos, served in a martini glass, also came back
into fashion thanks to pop culture. These drinks are fruity but pack
an alcohol punch.
"The customers who order cosmos from me are
typically bar flies," said Jacobson. "These are the people you see
frequently, regulars who seem to like to drink a lot."
Ah, the flavor of bourbon intermingling with
vermouth, bitters and cherry. Some suggest it's the next big drink,
soon to be hugely popular among the trendy set.
"Right now, the only people I see ordering
Manhattans are older men with gray hair and glasses," said Jacobson.
"But that doesn't mean that won't change."
White Russians are currently enjoying popularity
among many crowds. This is the drink that is already moving from the
"hipsters" and trendsetters into the mainstream.
White Russians are the current drink of those
"in-the-know" folks who tend to make their drinks wildly popular.
"Hipsters order white Russians," said Jacobson.
"You'll see guys with black hair, black-framed glasses and white
belts drinking white Russians at many trendy bars across the
What Wine Says About You
Wine can convey many messages.
To many, it's a
sophisticated drink, no matter what type you order. To others, wine
can suggest a different meaning. Jacobson offers his interpretation
of what different types of wine can suggest:
White Wine --
"Typically, (this is ordered by) women who don't really want to
drink. It's still got a fruity taste but it is something you can sip
for most of the night if you want to avoid drinking too much."
Red Wine --
"People who drink red wine often want to seem sophisticated. Some of
them are, some aren't. You can learn a lot by watching how someone
holds their wine glass and drinks their wine."
Blush Wines --
"People who order blush or white zinfandel in a restaurant are not
typically wine drinkers. They really have no idea what is good or
not-so-good when ordering wine."
As with wine, the beer you choose can say a lot to
those around you. Jacobson described his perception of what
different types of beer can tell you about the person drinking it:
Light Beer --
"People who order light beer may be trying to keep their calories
low, or they may not really care about the aroma and taste of a
glass or bottle of beer."
Imported Beer --
"Choosing an import beer means that you do care about the flavor and
taste of your drink. You may drink it slower so you can savor it,
but your attention to detail often seems to carry over into your
appearance, in a good way."
Craft Or Small Batch
Beers -- "Ordering a craft beer means that you are
adventurous. There are some great craft beers and some really bad
craft beers; you're willing to take a chance on something that may
not be very good. People who order these beers tend to be critical
Next time, before you order that frothy, fruity
cocktail on a date or consider an appletini while entertaining work
clients, consider what your choice may suggest about your