I’m 25 years old and the most alcohol I’ve consumed in one sitting is a single Mikes Hard Lemonade. Yeah, I know. Mike’s hard. Super manly right? I’ve never been a drinker. I’m not a big fan of the taste of alcohol. Most peers don’t believe me when I tell them I don’t drink. This is how a typical conversation goes…
Them: What are you drinking Ninja?
Me: Oh it’s just water.
Them: Water?! You want me to get your a beer?
Me: Actually, I’m not a beer drinker. It doesn’t really do it for me.
Them: Ah man, beer is an acquired taste. You just gotta keep drinking it and eventually you will learn to love it.
Me: Yeah, that’s what I’ve been told. But why would I want to acquire a taste for something that tastes gross to me? I’m sure I could acquire a “taste” for urine too if I drank it enough. Does that mean I should drink my own pee?
Them: If it tastes as good as beer, then heck yes you should.
I’m currently on a business trip with a bunch of coworkers, most of whom who drink. Fortunately, they don’t really try and pressure me to join them. In fact, I’m pretty sure they love that I don’t. They know they can always count on having at least one designated driver.
That said, I still feel a little awkward being the lone ranger. It’s weird being at a bar with a bunch of people, being the only person not drinking. It would be like going to a club and not dancing. Or going to a movie and not watching it. Or getting married and not….well…I wont go there.
I definitely want to fit in when we go out, but I definitely don’t want to drink something that tastes like death. And so the question is, should I fake it? I’m thinking I should just order a sprite or something with a skinny straw in it so people think I have a mixed drink. That way, I’m not the awkward guy at the bar who everyone asks “Where’s the drink bro?”
Any other people out there have an alcohol aversion? If not, what’s your favorite alcoholic beverage? What are some good drinks, that don’t A) make me feel like a girl drinking them and B) aren’t strong. Oh, and can anyone tell me why someone would pay $13 for a margarita?