That One Drink You're Having Because Patriotism and AMERICA

Immediate disqualification if it's Bud Light.
Publish date:
July 2, 2016
beer, America, That One Drink, 4th Of July

Hey drinking buddies, and welcome back to another stiff installment of That One Drink. Last week, we got nostalgic for beverages of places past, and had a grand ol' time discussing local alcoholic specialties.

I'm not actually sure if the winning comment fit the topic, but I don't really care, because it's just a good idea all around.

please pour some lemon vodka into your mimosas. I make mine 1/3 orange juice, then 2/3 champagne, give it a light swirl to sort of mix it, then toss a splash of lemon vodka (loving the deep eddy right now) on top. a mimosa that will actually get you drunk and happy. amazing.

Michelle Feda, you are a genius. The mimosa is not exactly known for its ABV, so I appreciate the fortifying that's going on here. I also approve of your choice in vodka, both flavor and brand.

I'm not usually a huge fan of flavored vodkas, but Deep Eddy actually puts out a decent product. They're vodkas aren't too sweet, and they actually taste like fruit, rather than a Jolly Rancher.

The lemon works particularly well here, especially since I find orange juice to be a little on the sweet side.

I am thrilled to present Michelle Feda with a trophy, and that trophy is "Falling and Laughing" by Orange Juice, because mimosas have orange juice in them and falling and laughing is what you'll be doing if you have too many of these.

Moving on.

American Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays, though I'm not actually sure why. I'm not a particularly patriotic person, and I don't love the combination of red, white, and blue as a color scheme.

I'm guessing it has something to do with food and alcohol. (It might also have something to do with fireworks.) I get particularly excited about American beer. In fact, if I had to name one thing that I think the USA does exceptionally well, I would pick beer. We are freaking good at beer.

I fiiiiinally found youuuuuu.

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So on the 4th of July, I stock up, and I stock up good.


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Some of my favorites include:

  • For something fruity (but not too fruity): 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon
  • For something decadent: Base Camp Brewing Company S'more Stout
  • For something sour: Breakside Brewery Passionfruit Sour or New Belgium Tart Lychee Ale
  • For something hoppy, but not aggressively so: Bell's Two Hearted Ale
  • For something Belgian-y that still comes from America: Dogfish Head Namaste
  • For something super fruity: Dogfish Head Festina Peche or Fort (The latter will knock you on your ass.)
  • For something I'm pretty sure you can only get in Florida: Cigar City Cucumber Saison

Now, I recognize that not all of you are American, so there are three possible categories to pick from this week:

  1. If you do hail from the US of A, tell me what beverage makes you proud to be an American, or whatever it is you drink on July the 4th.
  2. If you have a beverage that makes you particularly proud of your country, please share that.
  3. If you are not American, but can think of a beverage that you strongly associate with the US, I would like to know that as well, because I am curious.

Commenting "Bud Light" will get you immediately disqualified from all categories.