At the bar, you are what you drink

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November 17, 2005|By SAM SESSA

Much like your clothes or hair, your choice of drinks says something about you.

Now, a guy sitting at a bar in a clown suit will draw more attention than what's in his glass, guaranteed.

But a beverage leaves an impression in the average bar-goer's mind. A vodka Red Bull in the wrong hands could ruin a reputation.

Of course, you should never judge someone strictly by what, or how much, they drink. Plenty of outside factors (bad day, short on cash, personal preferences, etc.) influence late-night libations.

"I've seen people from all walks of life drink every drink that's out there," said Mark Russell, director of the Maryland Bartending Academy in Glen Burnie.

Still, Russell agreed that, for the most part, certain kinds of people quaff certain kinds of drinks. Take scotch, for example.

"It's certainly an acquired flavor," Russell said. "I'd have to think that someone who drinks scotch - that is their drink of choice."

Another slow-and-steady option is a vino, Russell said.

"My typical wine drinkers are just people who are more or less sociable drinkers who like to sit there and sip on something that tastes good," he said.

Martinis and cosmopolitans are sipping drinks, too, but they usually end up going down the pipes a little faster than wine, Russell said. All those tangy and fruity mixers speed things up a bit.

"They've got such a nice taste, you can't keep your lips off the glass," he said.

Beers like Natty Boh and Pabst are OK, too, but fans of the low-end can might get a few friendly jokes for their choice of beverage, Russell said.

"If they can handle the ribbing from their buddies, I guess they would," he said.

Russell also acknowledged the tendency for younger, less-experienced drinkers to go for rum and Cokes. It's a combination of how the Coke's sugary taste masks the alcohol, and popular culture, he said.

"It's probably a drink that they've heard a lot called for in movies or TV shows, or it's a popular drink they've heard a lot of people order before they were old enough to order," Russell said.

What about the college crowd, which loves to pound shots of chilled Jagermeister?

"I don't know what's up with those folks," he said.

sam.sessa@baltsun.com

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