Is Gin or Vodka a gentleman's drink?

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  1. chrysalid

    chrysalid Senior member

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    is a pink gin a manly cocktail? i can't think of one female i know that would ever drink one
     
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    is a pink gin a manly cocktail? i can't think of one female i know that would ever drink one


    very manly, but not that common anymore, at least in the places I find myself
     
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    I find the whole discussion of "manly" drinks somewhat missing the point. It is just a drink after all. Sometimes I prefer aged bourbon straight up, sometimes a cosmo, sometimes a good martini. I think it is the drinker and not the drink that determines manliness.
     
  4. chrysalid

    chrysalid Senior member

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    have you seen the 'girl-drink-drunk' kids in the Hall sketch?
     
  5. The False Prophet

    The False Prophet Senior member

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    I see why military men like the G&T. Virtually hangover free. I've thrown them back til two or three in the a.m., up at six to be in court by nine, and fared pretty well...

    I don't know many ladies who prefer gin to vodka. They tend to be...how you say...wife material!
     
  6. Walter

    Walter Senior member

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    A man's drink is whatever you enjoy drinking. As opposed to something you drink because it is cool/masculine/hip to be seen drinking.
     
  7. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red "Mr. Fashionista"

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    A man's drink is whatever you enjoy drinking. As opposed to something you drink because it is cool/masculine/hip to be seen drinking.

    I can honestly say that I have never ordered a drink in order to be seen drinking it.

    What I drink is a matter of pleasing my palate.

    Most women I've met prefer far sweeter, less potent stuff.
     
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    tiger02 Militarist

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    ^ Agreed. If you can taste the alcohol, it's not a girly drink.
     
  9. chrysalid

    chrysalid Senior member

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    you can taste the alcohol in Cheeky Vimto...and that's gotta be about as girly as they get
     
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    Can someone tell me how 'Gimlet' is pronounced? Is 'gim' like 'gym' or 'jim'; or with a hard 'g' as in 'gun' ?
     
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  12. Full Canvas

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    I had people tell me Gin or Vodka with tonic are for ladies. Is there any truth in this?

    The 1960s cocktail for a student who was "soooo fisticated!" Nobody told me that martinis are implicitly gin.

    The SF James Bond fans may enjoy this. In 1969, as undergrad student, I was taking an extra-curricular course in wine tasting from Harold and Frances Torbert in La Jolla.

    Two of us (on the sly) were taken along by Dr. and Mrs. Torbert to a brunch garden party at the home of Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. The home overlooks La Jolla from what was a hillside WWII watchtower location that scouted for Japanese submarines!

    From my reading of Ian Fleming's novels, I decided that one of Bond's vodka martinis would be just the ticket when a roving waiter asked for my drink order. I recited Bond's "shaken, not stirred" formula. The waiter rolled his eyes and sent me to the bar beneath a huge canopy alongside the house to go toe-to-toe with the bartender about my crazy request.

    The bartender saw a naive, underage student coming from twenty paces and decided to have some fun. When he asked "dry or extra-dry?", I confidently stated: "extra-dry!"

    Well, the bartender's way of making my martini "extra-dry" was to stir the vodka and ice before straining it into a proper glass. The vermouth? Extra-dry meant slowly passing the vermouth bottle between a strong light source (the afternoon's bright southern California sun) and the glass of chilled vodka poured for me only seconds before. He explained that a mere dry martini meant unscrewing the vermouth bottle cap two turns and shaking an actual drop of vermouth into the chilled vodka.

    I washed-down my green eggs and ham with an extra-dry stirred vodka martini! [​IMG]
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  13. tangerine

    tangerine Senior member

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    If I were to draw gender lines based on alcoholic drink preferences, "girly drinks" would be ones with sweet ingredients; fruit juices (other than unsweetened citrus), liqueurs, etc.

    But, The Dude drinks White Russians, so I will not draw such lines.
     
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    Finally! A martini is gin...period.
    I prefer mine stirred as opposed to shaken. I may be wrong but I think the myth about bruising the gin has more to do with breaking up the ice and creating little ice flakes that float in your martini. A martini should be crystal clear when served to you in a chilled glass....not a gin on crushed ice.
    Here are my steps to a perfect martini....
    1) start by chilling your glass
    2) fill shaker with ice
    3) add vermouth to the shaker and stir
    4) pour all the vermouth out of the shaker (this leaves the ice and shaker with just the right amout of vermouth in my opinion)
    5) add gin to the shaker
    6) add in a few drops of olive juice if you like it dirty
    7) stir
    8) dump ice from the martini glass and then strain the gin out of the shaker into the martini glass
    9) garnish with olive
    10) enjoy!

    That is my favorite martini....I'm sure everyone may do something a little differently but I can't order one at a bar and be happy with the drink I receive...maybe I'm a martini snob.
     
  15. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red "Mr. Fashionista"

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    "Bruising" means getting the gin full of ice flakes and air bubbles, which is what happens when you shake a martini. It's not a matter of myth but of terminology.
     

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