Bar dice and liarâ€™s poker are fanatically popular games in Milwaukee and Wisconsin.Â One game is mainly luck; the other requires some luck and skill.
Oh, you can occasionally find someone who plays in other states (Minnesota has a small culture), but they are really Wisconsin games with legions of devoted fans. Iâ€™m not going to get into it, but you can learn how to play liarâ€™s poker here and how to play bar dice here.
In each game, there is a loser, and in both, the loser buys shots (unless you are playing for the cash in liarâ€™s poker, and thatâ€™s probably illegal in Wisconsin). Since itâ€™s up to the shooter to decide what kind of shots to buy, itâ€™s important to know whatâ€™s the way to go. Are you trying to get everyone drunk or trying to make the evening last?
Well, after decades of playing both games and being on both sides of the winner/loser equation, Iâ€™ve determined the top 10 shots to buy when you lose at either bar dice or liarâ€™s poker. I will say I consulted a couple of people on this â€“ one being Tracy Duggan, the bartender I shook dice with the most in my life. The other one is related to me by blood (hey Alli).
There are shots and booze out there that are in very special categories, but Iâ€™m talking about stuff Iâ€™ve had in bars that had all this on hand. Nobody had to send out a special order for these shots.
Iâ€™ve divided them into two categories: Mixer, that the bartender has to assemble, and Neat, that come straight out of the bottle. One of the things about the Mixer shots is that it takes the bartender a while to make them so you have a chance to catch your breath (a.k.a. sober up) while you wait. Iâ€™ve started with the least lethal Iâ€™ve had and move on to booze that makes you think youâ€™re invisible and bulletproof.
10. Screaming Orgasm (Mixer): It comes with vodka, amaretto, coffee liqueur and I think Irish cream liqueur. Itâ€™s sweet as can be and is kind of like drinking some treat you got from an ice cream truck after it melted. Pretty potent, but no real killer.
9. Tequila (Neat/Mixer): This is a tough one. The mixer version is salt and lemon and all that googly stuff. A man just grabs the shot glass and slams it back. Nobody really likes the taste of tequila. Itâ€™s just kind of a rite of passage thing.
8. Kamikaze (Mixer): This is kind of like New Yearâ€™s Eve: amateur night. A Kamikaze may well be the first shot a lot of people have. Itâ€™s got this mystique about it and a name that suggests a near death experience. But itâ€™s really kind of a wimp shot. You get vodka, orange liqueur, a dash of lime juice and a cute little slice of lime to make it look good and suck on when you are done. See what I mean?
7. Bombay Gin or Kettle One Vodka (Neat): Either one of these clear shots are easy on the eye but tough on the stomach. There is a reason why gin and vodka are most often mixed with something else. Neither one tastes too good all by itself. This is one where I always wonder why the person picking it picks it.
6. Lemon Drop (Mixer): I canâ€™t ever recall a guy ordering this one. Itâ€™s got vodka and sugar and can be very complicated. Some people like it with a shot glass where the rim is dipped in vodka and then sugar. You shake off the loose sugar, put vodka in the glass, slam it down and then bite into the lemon. I get tired just thinking of this one.
5. Jager Bomb (Neat): Everybody who orders this has a baseball hat on backwards, and many of them have the sleeves ripped off their shirts. That goes for both boys and girls. The girls drink this to prove they are one of the guys. You mix Jagermeister with Red Bull energy drink. Slam it down and make a fist and hit yourself in the chest. This is tough.
4. Liquid Cocaine (Neat/Mixer): This is one of those with an intriguing name that doesnâ€™t begin to capture the punch it has or the horrid aftertaste. When you have one of these, you want a cold beer to chase away the bad taste. But if you get hammered enough, you probably wonâ€™t mind this one. Itâ€™s another of the Jagermeister specials which is mixed with both Cinnamon and Peppermint Schnapps. Â
3. Bushmillâ€™s Black (Neat): There is almost nothing like a good Irish whiskey, and this one is the top of the line. You can taste this before it even hits your lips. You may be tempted to smell it a little and then sip it, but just go for it. Youâ€™ll be pleased.
2. Johnnie Walker Black Label (Neat): You need a scotch in your bag of tricks, and Black Label is about as good as it gets in your average neighborhood bar. You could be in a fancy place with a whole bunch of scotch brands that start with the word "Glen," but go with Black Label to keep buying American.
And the number one shot for all around envy from your friends and playing partners and the one that can make your soul swell with pride:Â
Hereâ€™s the thing about a great bourbon like this one: Itâ€™s not just one thing. There is a complexity to Wild Turkey. It can feel smooth and harsh all in the same shot glass. Itâ€™s a manâ€™s drink, but there are lots of women who are into bourbon and this one stands apart.
There you have it. Remember, donâ€™t farm twos, and donâ€™t drink and drive.
1 comment about this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Dave Begel
Published Nov. 24, 2015
Now that the Green Bay Packers seem to finally be back on track I'm ready to give thanks for some of the things about the world of sports that makes life so special. Happy Thanksgiving.
Published Nov. 22, 2015
Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" opened in London's West End in 1952 and it's still going strong making it the longest running play in modern history. The Rep production shows why it's been so popular.
Published Nov. 21, 2015
"My Fair Lady" opened a month-long run at Skylight Music theatre Friday night and the overwhelming performances of Norman Moses and Natalie Ford make it a perfect theater outing during the holiday season.
Published Nov. 19, 2015
It's never too late, especially if you want to be a Republican who runs for president of the United States. And Wisconsin has several worthy candidates who would fit the bill to be the GOP nominee.
Published Nov. 17, 2015
It is hard to overestimate the shock and humiliation of the Packers' 18-16 loss to the Lions on Saturday. Detroit was a team and an organization in turmoil. Green Bay was playing in invincible Lambeau Field.
Published Nov. 17, 2015
For over 1,000 times Doug Mancheski and Steve Koehler have gathered around them an audience of average people who love "Guys On Ice," now running at the Stackner Cabaret of the Milwaukee Rep.
Published Nov. 14, 2015
Enrico Caruso's star blazed brightly until his death at 48 and his final performance, on Christmas Eve, 1920, is the tale impressively told in "Bravo. Caruso!" that opened at Next Act Theatre Friday night.
Published Nov. 12, 2015
Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn made an off handed remark at a symposium this week that the Republican presidential debate in Milwaukee was a "clown college." Buying into that is a move filled with peril.
Published Nov. 12, 2015
County Executive Chris Abele's appointment of Mequon-Thiensville Supt. Demond Means as the commissioner of the new Opportunity Schools Program was met with some indifference and some opposition Thursday.
Published Nov. 12, 2015
For decades, a lack of hotel rooms was given as the reason that Milwaukee could not book larger and more conventions to the city. Things are improving but Milwaukee still needs more rooms to compete.