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
And some blissfully sooner than others.