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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 ‚Äď in Milwaukee, in New York, in Las Vegas, you name it ‚Äď 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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