MERCChances are, if you find yourself at one of my shows, you’re finding a cocktail of some sort in your hand. If you time it just right, you just might find one in my hand, too. One of the questions I’m asked most often, after “Can you play ‘……….?'” is “Whatchu drinkin?” So I thought I’d make a little list of what that answer might be on any given night.

Of course, this list could go on for for quite a while, as there are always audibles, mood swings, lunar eclipses, and what have you. So I’ll keep it down to the Top 5 and see what you think.

So on to the list!

First up, the opening act! Every rock show needs one to get the crowd pumped, and when it’s gonna be a long night, I go with Red Bull/Vodka. If you’ve ever had this sweet little fella then you know it’s not designed for a quiet night at home. It was specifically engineered to give you that extra inner fire you need to keep the party rockin. Drink it strong but tread carefully. Too many of these will have you staying up much longer than you had intended and keep you out of the game the next day. Find that sweet spot.

Now we give tribute to an old standby, the Bud Light *bottle. Every now and again, I like to kick back with this white trash delight as it makes for a good “during set” beverage. Having a fresh Bud light bottle next to the guitar rig is never a bad idea and it’s a good staple that I prefer to have on deck in case of ya’ know… emergencies or something. Can’t really go wrong with Bud Light unless you do something stupid and try to put some kind of fruit in there. Now I’m not a DJ, but that would definitely make the record skip and bring the party to a screeching halt.

Shot time? Indeed it is! Now, nobody likes to drink alone, especially at shot time. So I often carefully base my selection around who I’m hanging with. If it’s boys night out, Jagermeister gets called up to the show. It has a pretty mean fight going down, so not a popular choice among most ladies. I like to think of the Jäger shot as having ‘medicinal’ properties due to its herbal nature and ability to cure, well, just about anything that’s ever ailed me. For the love of god, tho, don’t be serving it up warm! Nob’dy got time.

beers If we’ve got some fine ladies up in the mix, fingers point to Fireball. Similar effects to Jäger, but it tastes like candy so no one’s gonna make that stinkface as it goes down. Fireball’s quite new to the game but has surged in popularity due to its drinkability, availability, and ability to Eff. You. Up. Plus, it’s just fun to shout “Fireball!!!” with each tasting.

When it’s Sunday afternoon and I’m looking for something tasty and with a little more “heart-and-soul,” I like to keep it local and hit up Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe, AZ. If you’re not familiar with this spot then let me just say that it is one of the most renowned breweries here in the valley. They brew some fine craft beers and the 8th Street Ale is my personal fave. Nothing like sitting on the patio in the cooler months of the year and sipping on a pitcher of this work of art… Ahem! Do I hear a Four Peaks sponsorship deal in the winds?

Well there you have it, a rundown of my 5 favorite beverages. Keep in mind, if you’re buying, it’s not like I’m gonna shoo away whatever it is you bring. You’ll see I’m quite open minded once you get to know me. Drop us a line in the comments below and let us know what YOUR top 5 list looks like, we’ll compare notes… and then have a few.

Your Pal,
– Mike


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