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I'll Have What Her Majesty's Having (famous folk and their drinks of choice)

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The sad truth is, we can't choose a brand of jeans unless a celebrity endorses them. Just can't do it. Nor can we pick a rental car service until we know some sort of professional athlete is comfortable shilling for their brand. That's why we're forgoing those no-name Nectarini's we order night after night for a delicious celebrity-endorsed beverage. Because if it's good enough for the Queen, Ernest Hemingway, or even Lyndon B. Johnson, then darn it if it isn't good enough for mental_floss.

54gordingin.jpgQueen Elizabeth II "“ More than tea, Her Majesty prefers a Gordon's gin and tonic. Oh, and don't forget the lemon slices. The British Queen takes 3 of them with each drink.

Lyndon B. Johnson "“ Scotch and soda. When it was hot outside, the former president loved to drive slowly around his Texas ranch in an open top convertible, taking long pulls from a large foam glass. When his cup runneth lower, Johnson simply dangled it out his window. Immediately, a Secret Service agent would run forward, grab the cup, race back to the service car following the president's, re-fill the beverage, then hustle back to hand it off to the Prez. Secret Service with a smile.

Ernest Hemingway "“ While he always portrayed himself to be a man's man, Hemingway loved daiquiris. It's true! The man who loved boxing, fishing and bull-fighting also loved syrupy drinks-- particularly the ones made at the Floridita Bar in Havana, where they substituted maschino liqueur for sugar in the diabetic writer's rounds.

Oprah Winfrey "“ Lemon Drop Martinis. What can you say? I guess all the money in the world simply can't buy class. (Just kidding, Oprah. Let's help the healing begin, though. Invite us on your show and we'll talk through this.)

Rush Limbaugh "“ Nothing by Port wine for our portly friend.

Adam Clayton Powell "“ The first African American to become a major figure in Congress drank Scotch with a healthy shot of milk. Supposedly, the milk calmed his ulcers while the scotch worked on his nerves.

Winston Churchill "“ Despite being a big fan of martinis and having a mother who was responsible for the invention of the Manhattan cocktail, Churchy preferred sipping on Johnny Walker Red!

20532.jpgSo, what about whiskey- that delicious drink of drinks?
Sure, you've seen it on the list above, but it's still a dicey choice. Here's a quick for and against:
FOR: Frank Sinatra loved him some Jack Daniels.
AGAINST: Janis Joplin. While she loved her Southern Comfort, and always carried a fifth on stage with her, she's not exactly a ringing endorsement for drinking.
FOR: Hunter S. Thompson "“ Wild Turkey on the rocks. If you're going for an authentic Thompson though, you might need to add pills to taste.
AGAINST: Saddam Hussein "“ While he asked for hot water laced with honey for his last meal, Hussein's drink of choice was whiskey on the rocks.

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New Pop Chart Lab Poster Is a Boozy Blueprint For Making Classic Cocktails
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Pop Chart Lab's posters combine design with data, and their latest offering—a full breakdown of the ingredients in 60 classic cocktails—is no exception. From the exact ratio of gin and tonic that should go into a G & T (2 ounces and 4 ounces, respectively) to the garnishes you'll need to make a proper Tom Collins (a maraschino cherry and a lemon twist), the 3-foot-by-2-foot "Constitutions of Classic Cocktails" artwork teaches mixology basics you'd typically learn in bartending school, sans tuition fee.

In addition to mainstays like the Negroni and the Whiskey Sour, the poster also includes relatively obscure drinks (ever heard of the Golden Dawn, or the Journalist?), which you can attempt after drinking your way through your favorite concoctions. Before you know it, you'll be explaining to your friends the intricacies of why you should stir martinis instead of shaking them (sorry, James Bond), or the difference between a highball and a Collins glass. Bottoms up!

"Constitutions of Classic Cocktails" costs $37, and is currently available for pre-order. Shipping begins on Friday, October 20, 2017. (To see the poster's details up close, visit Pop Chart Lab's website and click on the diagram.)

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Attention Beer Lovers: A London Brewery Is Hiring a Professional Taste-Tester
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Beer lovers aren’t given many chances to discuss their passion for imbibing at job interviews. But a new open position at London's Meantime Brewing Company lists that expertise as one of the top qualifications. As Fortune reports, the brewery is seeking a professional beer taster to help improve its products.

The brewery’s part-time employee will “join the panel brewers as they taste, discuss, and pass opinion on a range of different beers,” according to the job listing on LinkedIn. On top of steady access to free booze three hours a week, the taster will receive a competitive salary “with beer benefits.” As the description reads: “Yes, this could just be the best job in the world.”

Meantime isn’t just considering any casual beer drinker for the role. Their ideal candidate will have a precise palate that can distinguish “chocolate malt from dark malt” and “Fuggles from Cascade hops.” They will also have an understanding of global consumer markets, a functioning knowledge of English, and an extensive beer vocabulary. The brewery is located in the London borough of Greenwich, so applicants who aren’t local should be willing to relocate.

Founded in 1999, the Meantime Brewing Company made its name on the beer scene with signature beverages like their London Lager, London Pale Ale, and Yakima Red. If you’re interested in joining the team, post 30 words on your LinkedIn profile explaining why you deserve the gig, along with any photos or videos that may help your case, with the hashtag #pickmemeantime. The company will narrow down the pool to three candidates for an in-person beer tasting before deciding their top pick. Meanwhile, you can prepare for the job by brushing up on your beer facts.

[h/t Fortune]

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