First dates are a tricky proposition. They can be tentative, tense, and downright uncomfortable.
Or, if you are lucky, the stars align and Mr. or Miss. I-Don’t-Know becomes Mr. or Miss. Yes-Please. Either way, don’t make a difficult situation worse – or throw your future prospects out the window – with the drink you choose. Admittedly, we approached this list with tongue firmly in boozy cheek, but let’s face it, if you want to impress your date, you don’t want to order a Mudslide. So, take these suggestions with a grain of salt, but don’t say we didn’t warn you, if things go south.
Tropical Cocktails. Yes, blue curacao is trending right now, but more as a novelty than a long-term bar ingredient. If you find yourself at a Sandals resort or you’re in a craft bar with a sense of humor, sure go for it. Otherwise, order your tropical drinks in their natural colors.
Topped with whipped cream. If your first date is at a ski lodge and they make dynamite hot chocolate, have at it. Or you’re in an Irish pub and they are known for their Irish Coffee, sláinte. Otherwise, whipped cream belongs on dessert, and you’ve only embarked on the first course.
A Boozy Milkshake. First, see directly above. Milkshake = whipped cream. Second, you’re an adult on a date, not a 12-year old at an ice cream shop.
A Drink Garnished with Insects. With the rise of tequila and mezcal, so too there’s the rise of curious south-of-the-border toppings. Unless you meet your beloved on an episode of “The Amazing Race,” keep the crunchy critters for date # two, or three. After all, who wants to kiss someone who has just eaten a cricket? And worms in mezcal? Don’t go there either.
A Drink Lit on Fire. It’s just risky. Who knows what might go up in smoke? Besides, it’s ostentatious. Keep things between the two of you for now, not the entire room. Exception: If the evening is going well and you both feel the need to share a flaming tiki punch, then may the island gods bless you.
Anything Layered. Basically, we’re talking about the Pousse Café and its children. Yes, layered drinks are incredibly cool to look at and some of them even taste pretty good, but it takes time and patience to make them and to make them well. Ordering one ticks off your bartender – if he or she is even willing to make you one — – and quickly labels you as being difficult, which isn’t the best first impression.
A vodka tonic. Seriously. Don’t do it. Just don’t. It shows lack of imagination on your part and lack of respect for your bartender.
A cheap, domestic beer. Order an IPA. Order a Saison. Order something on draft. Make a choice that isn’t just generic. Unless you want to seem generic too.