interestingly, and perhaps tellingly, no one has mentioned margaritas, my all-around favorite cocktail, but only the way I make them: 2 parts Sauza 3 Generations or El Tesoro Reposada tequila 1 part Cointreau (occasionally Grand Marnier for a softer, cognac-y variation) 1 part fresh squeezed lime juice shake and pour into salt-rimmed glass w/ rocks. None of this girly sour mix or fruit juice cocktail additive. This is a drink that will make you stand up and take notice, a lovely balance of sweet (cointreau), peppery bite (tequila--and not just any tequila), tart (lime) and salt. For more straight ahead boozing, ketel one martini w/ either a twist or cocktail onion (technically the drink then becomes a gibson, I believe), or scotch up, favorites being Talisker and MacCallan's 18. For beers, my current favorites are probably Duvel and Celebrator Doppelbock.