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"Jack Daniels and tonic with a twist of lime, please."
Whenever I order my favorite drink from a bartender for the first time, it usually gets this response:
"That's a new one for me!"
For more years than I care to cite, I've been drinking a particular concoction of my own invention. Apparently, it's so rare that most professional bartenders I've encountered – in Milwaukee, in New York, in Las Vegas, you name it – react with measured surprise and intrigue.
"Where did you come up wtih that one?"
For years, my favorite bartender in town always commented on my "Jack and tonic, with a twist of lime" order. He told me most customers drank Jack Daniels whiskey in a different fashion.
Jack and Coke.
Jack and water.
Jack straight up.
Everything except Jack Daniels and tonic water.
I've been drinking it for so long I can't remember the first time I ordered it. But I do recall the numerous times over the years when professional mixologists reacted as if I had finally beat them in an eternal game of "Name That Drink."
Once, I ordered my drink in a tavern I had never been in before and the bartender leaned back to take note of my appearance.
"I remember you!" he exclaimed. "Jack Daniels and tonic with a lime!"
Turned out he had served me for years in his previous job. I didn't recognize him.
"You know something?" He asked. "I still have never served anyone else who drank that!"
I've accepted the fact that I have my own personal libation; in my mind, it's on a par with James Bonds' "shaken not stirred" martini.
If any local bartender remembers a customer who ordered the same thing, feel free to share that information.
Chances are you might be thinking about me.
A couple drinks I rarely came across but found odd were, bloody beers. Half bloody Mary half beer in a mug. It looks worst then it taste. I think its a southern thing.
The other one is vodka and coke. For some reason it just seems like it shouldnt be good. I think that is a European thing.
I cant say I have ever served a jack and tonic. You should try a makers and ginger ale, very tasty.
Ok, now I'm thirsty.
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