Skip to comments.Sloshed: How to Drink Before Noon
Posted on 09/26/2012 2:13:09 PM PDT by nickcarraway
One of my favorite things about drinking in the morning is just how purposeful it has to be. At night, you can simply have a drink without need for any particular reason. But between the hours of, say, 5 a.m. and noon, society demands you explain your alcoholic intake. Given those demands, morning drinking can often be the most well-thought-out kind of drinking there is.
Morning drinking didn't always have the stigma that it does now. Farmers traditionally drank hard cider all day long, soldiers once woke with whiskey, city dwellers in the nineteenth century invented entire lines of delightfully named cocktails flips! fizzes! daisies! to deal with morning headaches. Alas, things change: The industrial revolution reshaped the ideas of "work" and "productivity"; the temperance movement highlighted the social dangers of daylong drinking; and modern science showed us what booze does to our livers. Long story short: Morning drinking isn't such a regular occurrence anymore.
While downing a shot may have once been a typical way to gird one's loins and face the day, that practice now fundamentally conflicts with modern American ideas about work.
It's probably for the best this way, and it means that when you do drink in the morning, you must give the activity its proper respect and consideration. The days when it's okay to drink before noon are the days when we are specifically not working, and that's the very essence of the Morning Drink. It's a celebration of leisure, a well-deserved day off. And a great excuse to take a nap later that afternoon.
That means that there are really only two situations in which it's socially acceptable to have a Morning Drink: Either you are dealing with a weekend hangover, or it's one of the approved drink-all-day special occasions (you're on vacation, it's the Fourth of July, etc.). And while, yes, you can drink on other mornings and in other circumstances, we'd suggest you stick to these two scenarios. If it's a Wednesday morning and you're slugging down a PBR while you get ready for work, you are in trouble. Unless you're a novelist or something, in which case nobody cares.
Here then, the official Sloshed primer on how, when, and where to maximize your morning-drinking enjoyment.
Scenario 1: You Have a Hangover I realize some people order Bloody Marys when they aren't hung-over, but they are the anomalies here: The Bloody Mary was created for America's bleary-eyed, headache-suffering masses. In fact, it might be one the few drinks, along with perhaps mimosas, that is only okay to drink in daylight hours. For this reason, and because tomato juice pretty much hides the alcohol taste, the Bloody Mary is easily the most common prenoon drink.
The idea of the brunch drink is, of course, the hair-of-the-dog thinking. Without getting into a discussion about the efficacy of this basically unsound technique, we can all agree that it is a super common and long-standing practice. But do not fool yourself: The real value of drinking through a hangover is not that it actually cures anything, only that it gets you sorta drunk again. The purpose of the morning drink, Vincent Toscano, a bartender at San Franciscos Rye told me, is to get you back to where you were five hours ago. Five hours' sleep is pretty hard-core, but the sentiment is right: Hair-of-the-dog is the time machine that brings last night into today.
Nutritionists and other doctors could probably find fault with the strategy of drinking as a means of dealing with the side effects of drinking, but whatever. We dont get many opportunities to drink before lunch, so we may as well take full advantage. To be handled properly, all hangover-curing drinks should be had in a group setting and preferably in a well-lit public space. Remember, you are continuing the fun from last night, but you shouldnt try and re-create the actual nighttime. Surround yourself with as many of the same people from your festivities and meet them somewhere on a patio. Oh, and stay away from shots.
How to do it better: Bloody Marys, mimosas, and Bellinis are the de facto drinks here, but they're hardly the only options. Take a page from those nineteenth-century city dwellers and consider fizzes and flips. A good hangover drink will both settle your stomach and give you at least a few restorative non-alcohol calories, so something like a mojito (bubbly and herby) or a Tom Collins (the Alka-Seltzer of the cocktail world) wouldn't be a terrible idea.
In fact, the best hangover drink, if you can swing it, is probably the Ramos Gin Fizz, a ridiculously labor- and ingredient-intensive concoction of dry gin, citrus juice, orange blossom water, heavy cream, and an egg white. If you can find a bartender that's willing to make one for you you've really got to shake the hell out of this drink to make it froth up properly you are golden.
Scenario 2: It's a Special Occasion These moments occur mostly either on vacation (preferably in tropical settings), during football games, or on summer holidays involving fireworks. Being at an airport or on an airplane also weirdly qualifies, as it slides in on the coattails of the vacation-mentality, and everyone knows time is suspended during layovers. The quality that these seemingly disparate occasions share is that they all occur in spaces outside your everyday life: a hotel patio, a beach, a ship, a stadium parking lot, a park, a pub filled with Irish people even your own backyard is special when you add coolers and fireworks. The point is that you're in a place where you become separated from the day-to-day, so you needn't pay any attention to other people's clocks. I was once on a cruise ship and watched a friend order a strawberry daiquiri and a plate of French fries at nine in the morning. It was the most stunning and liberating thing I have ever seen.
The drink you order during your special-occasion morning will depend on the details of the activity and will be pretty obvious to anyone who lives in modern-day culture: fruit and rum drinks in the tropics, beer for summer holidays and sports parties, etc. The one exception and fun outlier is the airplane. For reasons probably involving the very common fear of flying, you can drink like a 60-year-old salesman on airplanes and nobody will really care. While I would not advise it in any other situation, ordering multiple double vodkas on the rocks during a 10 a.m. drink service is actually a great idea and at least moderately advisable.
How to do it better: There isn't really an across-the-board quality upgrade that applies here, and honestly, booze quality is rarely as important as booze quantity here. (You don't want to be the snob drinking some 9.5 percent ABV microbrew at 10:15 a.m. if everyone else is drinking Coors.) But one nice touch during these events is to make a pitcher of some refreshing cocktail: The Tom Collins would work of course or, if you've got the time and ambition, any punch concoction. It is so easy to slide into the beer-filled cooler here, but that can often be out of habit rather than preference. Who doesnt love a pitcher of margaritas?
A good wake up drink is mexican coffee. A shot of tequillia, a shot of kallua, and some coffee if you want to ruin the taste.
Mr Inspectorette and I just got home here on the Left Coast after an 8:00 a.m.flight from Paris that connected in Amsterdam to a 10-hour flight to Portland. Passport lines a mile long both in Amsterdam and at PDX. Then a two and a half hour drive home from PDX.
We just finished the best Bloody Mary we’ve ever had ;-)
“I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. They wake up in the morning and that’s the best they’re going to feel all day.” —Dean Martin
**** “I was always partial to a flask of Southern Comfort in the inside pocket” *****
Ever tried Yukon Jack?
lil bit more warmth and I really like the name
Beer and Tequila now, haven’t been able to find any Yukon in Texas
I pity people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s the best they’re going to feel all day long.”
I like buying chocolate candy filled with liquor during the holday season from Trader Joes and take a couple to work.
I think the best bet are drinks with a purpose and a context, usually small drinks and separated by different events.
For example, at either a continental or a full breakfast, or even brunch you could have an Irish coffee, or a champagne, perhaps some fresh fruit with a drizzle of pomegranate or Chambord liqueur, along with alcohol infused whipped cream, or a nice chilled small glass of Apfelkorn sweet apple schnapps. Screwdrivers and Greyhounds (grapefruit) go well with heavier foods. A nut liqueur, like Amaretto, may be a bit too strong for some tastes, but is a good cap if you ate spicy stuff.
In between breakfast or brunch and lunch, some of the lighter Kahlua coffee cocktails moving towards gin and tonic, hard lemonade, a Manhattan, a little sherry, perhaps a lighter, drier wine. Now would also be good for a Tapas snack plate, with bits of stronger cheeses on small crackers.
Lunch is truly a time for beer. ales, lagers, malt liquors, even stout. Whichever one pushes breakfast and brunch down, so you have more room for supper and dinner.
What I do is pour myself a coffee mug full of Kahlua or some other high octane beverage like Disaronno amaretto or Francesco hazelnut liqueur and sit in front of the tree sipping it while the family opens presents. I started doing that when my kids were little and waking us up at 4:30 in the morning and now it's become sort of a tradition. Everybody thinks I'm just taking my coffee black!
We had a bachelor party weekend for a frat brother in 2005. They started drinking at noon. I have not had anything to drink before 2PM since 1987. It took me a long time to warm up to that. But I managed. The key is a low alcohol beer like MSG 64.
I made the bourbon drinkers watch a movie after dark. That kept them out of trouble.
I gave up liquor which makes drinking a lot easier.
Madame Lilly Bollinger
Me too and me too
Try Spec’s Wines,Liquors store.
I’d buy you drinks. How you been?
Just visited your home page ... Col Grossman’s book is on my desk as I type (favorite Christmas present from my EX) and I need to pick up and re-read “The Haj”
Looked at your list of Countries and % muslim... I’ve been to more than 40 Countries and from a “Liberty” (off duty for those of the civilian persuasion) point of view, the lower the muslim percentage, the better the Liberty was...
Now back to my booze
Call Me one of them(cop). I occasionally take the A.M. phone call from one of my siblings and they ask "what'cha doin?". to which I sometimes wil say "watchin' TV, drinking a beer", to which I'll get the obligatory "what at 8 in the morning?!" To which I inevitably will reply "It's 8 in the morning to you, it's 8 in the evening to ME. And then the conversation will go on naturally. I'd kinda hoped after nearly 20 years of this I wouldn't have to keep saying this, but My sibs haven't seemed to figure it out yet.
Whatever else is Sunday brunch for?
Never have. My favorite now is Bushmill's Irish whiskey. I fell in love with it when I travelled to Ireland. The new Honey Bushmill's is awesome. Soooo smooth.
Pretty good. And you?
I am doing fantastic!
I just had shoulder surgery(rotator cuff) from taking care of Stella before she passed.
Been almost six weeks and I’m on the mend(slower than molasses in January) and will be doing pretty good in a few months.
They say it takes about 6 months total but, I’ve heard some take a year. I ain’t waiting no year and I guarantee I’ll be done by February.
Long about the 1st of the year I’m going to be taking road trips. I love to drive.
I’ll be zipping right past your neck of the woods on my to see friends in LA and Palm Springs.
On another I’ll be going through Utah to see more friends and then to Vail. Couple of friends live in Vail and the last time I was there I was with Stella and we really couldn’t do much as she had limitations but we still had fun.
The next trip will take me through your neck of the woods again or I’ll go through the Utah, Colorado route on my to Oklahoma to visit my Mom and Sister.
The therapy for this shoulder thing sucks but it was the only thing I wanted all year and I am absolutely dedicated to the process. The gals that tell me what to while they supervise me love seeing me because I won’t stop anything until they say. I just keep going and going.
They are pretty ladies too, so I have extra motivation. LOL
Hope all is well with you and maybe one day we’ll bump into each other.
“It’s a great life if you don’t weaken”
“Don’t take life so seriously, you won’t live through it anyway”
Very good. Glad to hear you’re healing well. Enjoy your road trips !
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