9 Classic Cocktails to Know (and Order) to Sound Like an Adult

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There comes a time in every drinker’s life when combinations of booze and soda no longer cut it. To help you through this time—and to help you make a good first impression on, say, a date or during a business dinner—we’ve put together a list of cocktails that sound fancy, but are probably only a step outside your comfort zone.

1. OLD FASHIONED

These days, pretty much every bar has a signature Old Fashioned, and many seasoned drinkers use this whiskey cocktail to size up new bars and new bartenders. But the drinks that fall under this name range from austere, whiskey-heavy drinks to sweet, fruit-laden spectacles. If you like straight whiskey or whiskey and soda, you may have just found a new go-to. 

2. WARD 8

If you like Whiskey Sours, you’re in luck: The Ward 8 is a just a hop, skip, and a jump away. It’s made with grenadine (but not too much), and the citrus sets it apart from the suite of (sweet) drinks that fall under this name. 

3. TOM COLLINS

There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a Tom Collins on a warm day. Though it’s named for a 19th century prank, it’s a simple, delightful drink that’s been compared to boozy lemonade.

4. FRENCH 75

Love champagne and are OK with gin? The French 75 puts them together to create an easy-to-drink cocktail. Drink responsibly: The libation was appropriately named after a canon for its substantial kick. 

5. MOSCOW MULE

It may have been created as a marketing ploy (and started the craze for vodka), but the Moscow Mule is undeniably delicious. With a bit of spice from the ginger beer and a nice kick from the vodka, it’s perfect for pretty much any drinking occasion.

6. HARVEY WALLBANGER

If a Screwdriver is your go-to, step up your game with a Harvey Wallbanger. To make a Harvey Wallbanger, add a float of Galliano (an herbal Italian liqueur) to your Screwdriver. Et voilà.

7. CUBA LIBRE

Love rum and Coke? Add lime and you’ve got a Cuba Libre—a drink with a much more storied history.

8. DAIQUIRI

Luckily for us, the classic Daiquiri isn’t a slushy sugar bomb. Instead, it’s a super simple mixture of lime, sugar, and rum: Perfect for beach—or for reminiscing about warmer times. 

9. PALOMA

Though the Margarita was the cocktail that popularized tequila, the Paloma is a slightly subtler blend of grapefruit soda (or grapefruit juice and soda water), lime, tequila, and a touch of salt. 

Winston Churchill Had a Doctor's Note That Allowed Him to Drink an 'Indefinite' Amount of Alcohol in Prohibition-Era America

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Winston Churchill never went long without pouring himself a drink, even while traveling throughout Prohibition-era America. As producer and photographer Meredith Frost pointed out on Twitter recently, the future British prime minister and World War II leader got a doctor’s note in January 1932 which claimed he could drink an “indefinite” quantity of alcohol—federal laws be damned—to facilitate his “post-accident convalescence.” He had been struck by a car while on a speaking tour in New York in December 1931, which caused him chest pain in the immediate aftermath. He also suffered bouts of depression amid the aftershock, and it reportedly took him two months to fully recover.

Unfortunately for Churchill, Prohibition didn’t end until 1933. In fact, last week (December 5) marked the 85th anniversary of the repeal. He didn’t let that stop him, though. He admitted he once went to a speakeasy—"as a social investigator," of course.

This wasn’t the only time that Churchill refused to play by the rules insofar as alcohol was concerned. Once, after being told he shouldn’t drink or smoke during a meeting with a Muslim king, he replied through an interpreter, “My rule of life prescribed as an absolute sacred rite smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after, and if need be during all meals and in the intervals between them.”

However, several historical accounts have argued that Churchill's drinking was for show and that he wasn’t actually an alcoholic. “It has been said that Winston used alcohol as a prop to his persona, rather like the cigars and pet bulldog, and that he rarely got monkey-arsed, or reached the falling-down, slurred-words state,” author Robert Sellers writes in An A-Z of Hellraisers: A Comprehensive Compendium of Outrageous Insobriety. “Total inebriation was something he abhorred, which says much for what must have been a steel constitution.”

A California Winery Has Created a Vino-Filled Escape Room You May Never Want to Leave

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If the thought of being locked in a room with your friends for an indeterminate amount of time makes you stressed, try adding a little wine to the mix. Chateau St. Jean, a winery located in California's Sonoma Valley, now hosts what may be the most luxurious escape room on Earth, as PureWow reports.

The escape-the-room experience, titled "Unlock the Chateau," gives groups of six to 12 people 60 minutes to solve a series of puzzles. The escape room is appropriately vino-themed, with players having to look in places like wine barrels to find clues in order to move on to the next room.

Each guest is given a complimentary glass of sparkling wine at the start of the challenge that they can sip as they play. And in case the game starts out too idyllic for players to ever want to leave, the promise of a second glass of wine after they unlock the second room and a full flight when they escape will surely keep them motivated.

Escape rooms aren't usually set in the most pleasant places: Madame Tussauds, for example, opened an escape room earlier this year that placed guests in a cell in Alcatraz. But for those looking for a more relaxing experience, you can book a reservation at Chateau St. Jean Monday through Friday for $60 a person.

[h/t PureWow]

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