something I tried recently was a Tom Collins, basically gin with soda water and syrup.
That is an old classic. It is interesting to look at the changes in drinking aptterns in the US over the last 50 years.
Rye whiskey was the #1 liquor, now you can hardly find it.
Tequila is the #1 liquor now.
Coors used to be a regional beer that was special when someone brought it home on a trip (even into the 70s). Kinda like Ying Ling or Bell's, etc.
No real market for any ales, just american lagers. Now mil. is the 7th city in terms of beer production
Still mostly american lagers and crappy flavored malt liquor drinks. Its hilarious that I can be called out for drinking malt liquor cause its cheap and im broke. but once you raise the rent to $7 a sixer and get sorostitutes to drink it its acceptable. Friggin downfall of american drinking right there. On a related note try http://www.moderndrunkardmagazine.com/
Mostly beer. And mostly Newcastle, Smithicks, sometimes Guiness. When it gets hot I drink Sam's Summer Ale usually, or sometimes Corona.
I don't drink hard liquor nearly as much. When I do, it's usually good Scotch or Whiskey. I like Gin and Grapefruit Juice too, but Gin has a tendency to get me a little riled, so I have to go easy. Also, grapefruit juice aint easy coming back the other way.
I don't care for Vodka. It has this sort glassy aftertaste affect that I don't like, like it's coating your mouth.
we should categorize our drink, there are so many different kinds for different occasions.
beer: dos xx, asahi, fat tire
shot: patron silver chilled, chilled grey goose
club drink: grey goose and tonic
pool side/lounge: mojito, frozen margarita
wine: i like most but i'm partial to shiraz right now
celebration: cristal, moet, dom, vous in that order of preference.
i used to drink XO alot, but i can't anymore. been too ****ed off of it too many times. in fact, i cant drink any of the dark liquors anymore, be it cognac, crown, whiskey, etc.
I've done plenty besides alcohol. Alcohol doesn't really offer much of an introspective experience.
"Ever notice the drugs that do nothing for you are legal, but the drugs that open your mind and make you realize how you're being ****ed are illegal." - Bill Hicks (quoted from memory. Probably ****ed it up, but that's the general idea.)