As a bartender at Elsie’s, I know that most people’s drinking habits don’t change much. The hefeweizen drinker always orders hefeweizen. Members of the lefty social group Drinking Liberally always order Fat Tire. And once a Chimay drinker, always a Chimay drinker. But there’s a select group of people who like to experiment. Whether it’s Stella or Delirium, they want to taste what everyone else is having — and usually everyone else seems to be having the same thing at the same time.
This month? It’s The Dirty Hippie. For nearly a year, only one patron has ordered this raspberry Lambic and Guinness drink. Then all of a sudden, people were ordering Dirty Hippies left and right. A new trend was born.
I wondered what trends were going around other bars in town — especially Elsies’ liquor-serving cousins.The results weren’t exactly surprising. Vodka and Red Bull (or any energy drink) is huge with the younger crowd. The older and more sophisticated drinkers still gravitate toward specialty martinis: Cosmpolitans, Appletinis, and Lemon Drops. Wildcat Iced Teas are popular at their namesake bar, Washington Apples at Q’s, and margaritas — which aren’t just for Fiesta anymore — at Joe’s.
But the must-try is White Gummy Bears (Stoli Raspberry, peach schnapps, triple sec, lime, and Sprite), if only to taste it before the trend inevitably disappears. All fads, after all, are meant to die.
And some blissfully sooner than others.