Summary: Yoongi was your classmate, friend, and eventually your crush. being so close, it was easy to tell that he was hurting, but why did he have to push you away? What’s it gonna take for Min Yoongi to open up?
When you first met Min Yoongi, you thought he was weird. Cute, but weird. Well, maybe not weird, but extremely standoffish, and you wondered if he could speak any English at all.
Well he must be able to! Otherwise they never would have accepted him into the foreign exchange program…
You would have honestly never noticed him if he hadn’t sat next to you in your Poetry Analysis class in your third year. And you never would have even known his name if you hadn’t been assigned project partners. It’s not like he was shy, he just kept to his own, and you respected that. However, all it took was an “A” to get this turtle out of his shell. To celebrate the high marks that you both received on your project, you convinced him to go out drinking with you. He only had one condition: his friends got to tag along.
Friends? Since when did this recluse have friends?
When they all showed up that night at the bar and introduced themselves, it all started to make sense. The six boys Yoongi had brought along with him had come from South Korea, all of them being in the same foreign-exchange program as him. They were all different ages, but seemed very close, no doubt bonding over the shared experiences of being in a foreign land. Only one of the boys spoke better English than Yoongi, introducing himself as “Namjoon.”
“But you can call me Joonie~” he sent a flirty wink your way, still softly gripping onto your outstretched hand. You figured his confidence in his English skills had given him confidence is other areas as well.
“Alright, enough! Don’t scare her off!” Yoongi had given the taller man a look resembling disgust and he shook his head at you. “Sorry about him, though he probably won’t be the last to flirt with you…” Yoongi wasn’t wrong, his friend Jin had also made a similar gesture, his English not quite as good as Namjoon’s, and more closely resembling Yoongi’s. You saw Yoongi cross his arms and roll his eyes at the scene, turning away and leaving you alone with the six other boys. The remaining four introduced themselves in broken English, Namjoon looking on approvingly and correcting them when necessary. You took to them immediately; all of them very sweet and seemed genuinely excited to meet you. They chatted away with you, Namjoon translating anything the boys had difficulty with, and you couldn’t help but giggle at how they all seemed like a little family. Yoongi soon came back with a couple drinks, handing you the more brightly colored one. You raised an eyebrow at him while the other boys complained in the background (“Hey, where’s our drinks?”).
“You said you liked mixed vodka drinks right? This is like a strawberry vodka something, I don’t know. It sounded like you’d like it, so here. Congratulations on the grade, and thanks for putting up with me.” Yoongi offered you a genuine smile, which oddly warmed your heart more than anything the other boys had done that night.
OKAY SO YOU WANT TO GET DRUNK RIGHT? OF COURSE YOU DO. YOU’RE OF AGE AND READY TO TAKE A LOAD OFF. THIS DRINK IS FOR ANYONE WHO KNOWS THE WOES OF THE WORK WEEK.
TECHNICALLY THIS DRINK IS SPIKED STRAWBERRY PUNCH, BUT IT WAS MADE WITH MIKE’S AND AMSTERDAM VODKA.
SO SOUND THE WAR HORN IT’S TIME TO FORAGE.
HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO RAID AND/OR PURCHASE
THIS MAKES TWO DRINKS BECAUSE YOU’RE OUT TO PILLAGE AND YOUR SECOND IN COMMAND NEEDS A DRINK AS WELL
SIX-EIGHT WHOLE STRAWBERRIES.
A WHOLE LEMON.
TWO CANS OF MIKE’S HARD LEMONADE.
THE TOOLS YOU’LL NEED ARE
HERE’S WHAT THE FUCK YOU DO.
TAKE YOUR LEMON AND BODY SLAM IT TO MAKE IT JUICIER. WHILE IT THINKS ABOUT THE MISTAKES IT’S MADE MOVE ON TO THE STRAWBERRIES.
SHAKE YOUR FIST AT THE STRAWBERRIES, PRETENDING IT’S YOUR BOSS AND SCREAM TO THEM WHAT YOU REALLY FEEL ABOUT YOUR JOB.
THEN CUT TOPS OF STRAWBERRIES OFF LIKE YOU’RE REMOVING YOUR BOSS’S HEAD, AND SLICE THEM IN HALF. PUT IN BOTTOM OF EMPTY SHAKER. GRIND YOUR BOSS INTO A FINE PULP WITH THE PESTLE.
TAKE THE LEMON YOU DEFEATED IN COMBAT AND CUT IT IN HALF, SLICE OFF TWO SLICES TO GARNISH YOUR DRINKS WITH LATER. FANCY AS FUCK.
PRETEND YOU’RE WRINGING THE THROAT OF THE LAST CUSTOMER WHO COMPLAINED TO YOU AND SQUEEZE ALL THE JUICE OUT OF THE LEMON. DON’T WORRY ABOUT SEEDS. THEY’RE TOO AFRAID OF YOU TO FALL INTO THE DRINK ANYWAYS.
ADD ICE BECAUSE YOU NEED TO SYMBOLICALLY REPRESENT THE LAYER OF ICE THAT HAS FORMED OVER YOUR HEART SINCE STARTING CUSTOMER SERVICE.
JUST POUR IT.
SHAKE YOUR CONCOCTION VIGOROUSLY. AS IF YOU’RE RATTLING THE HEADS OF YOUR CORPORATE BOSSES TRYING TO MAKE THEM UNDERSTAND WHY THEIR NEW POLICY SUCKS.
PRACTICE YOUR DELEGATION SKILLS AND MAKE THE GLASSES RIM THEMSELVES WHILE YOU’RE SHAKING. LOWER FUCKING MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE MOTHERFUCKERS.
POUR YOUR CONCOCTION INTO YOUR GLASSES, CAREFUL NOT TO RUIN THEIR RIM. THE GLASSES WORKED HARD. APPRECIATE YOUR SUBORDINATES.
TOP WITH MIKE’S HARD LEMONADE. ADD THE LEMONS TO THE TOP OF THE DRINK AND PUT A STRAW THROUGH THE MIDDLE. WHY? BECAUSE IT’S THE FUCKING POLICY. I DON’T KNOW. I JUST WORK HERE. FUCK.
America boasts an almost endless array of liquor, making the choice of one signature cocktail for each state a tricky task. But every state gets tipsy in its own special way, and we chose these cocktails with some semblance of logic: a combination of state of origin, popularity, and exclusivity. Not everyone will agree with all the choices, but hey, it’s all still booze. And booze is great. Cheers!
Why?: This cocktail recipe was first printed in Jerry Thomas’ The Bon Vivant’s Companion, attributing its location in Mississippi.
Drink: The Missouri Mule (Bourbon, Applejack, lemon juice, Campari, and Cointreau)
Why?: The cocktail was created for President Harry S. Truman, with its name representing his home state of Missouri and the donkey mascot of the Democratic Party.
Drink: The Montana Tornado (Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey, gin, tequila, and 7 Up)
Why?: Unlike other tornados, the Montana Tornado features 7 Up instead of the commonly used Coca-Cola. The drink is also served in a mason jar instead of the typical cocktail glass.
Drink: The Kool-Aid Caddy (Orange vodka and Kool-Aid)
Why?: Kool-Aid was invented in Hastings, Neb, by Edwin Perkins. Naturally, the state boasts a beverage in his honor.
Drink: The Nevada Cocktail (Light rum, grapefruit juice, lime juice, and sugar)
Why?: In honor of Nevada Day, which falls on the last Friday of October, many drink this cocktail to celebrate.
29. New Hampshire
Drink: The Gin-Esaisquoi (Lillet blanc, Velvet Falermum, egg whites, and orange bitters)
Why?: This drink was originated at the White Mountain Cider Company in Glen, NH by bartender Jeff Grdinich for his friend Kevin Ginestet, who, ironically, is allergic to eggs and does not drink alcohol.
30. New Jersey
Drink: The Applejack (Applejack brandy, lemon juice, and grenadine)
Why?: During the colonial period in New Jersey, the Applejack was used as currency to pay road construction crews. New Jersey also boasts the oldest licensed distillery, Laird & Company, which continues to produce applejack.
31. New Mexico
Drink: La Paloma (Tequila and grapefruit soda)
Why?: This cocktail was first recognized in Evan Harrison’s Popular Cocktails of the Rio Grande. Known as “The Dove” in Spanish, it’s origins are claimed to be somewhere along the Rio Grande.
32. New York
Drink: The Moscow Mule (Vodka, lime juice, ginger beer)
Why?: The cocktail is said to have been invented in 1941 by John G. Martin of G.F. Heublein Brothers, Inc., an East Coast spirit producer and Jack Morgan, President of Cock ‘n’ Bull Products.
Why?: The Fiction KItchen, a local Raleigh haunt, features this cocktail. Created by Christopher Tamplin, the use of beets creates a vibrantly colored cocktail when garnished with a lime and orange peel.
34. North Dakota
Drink: The Howlin’ Wolf (White Creme de Menthe, blue curacao, vodka, and Sprite)
Why?: It’s no surprise that this drink is named after North Dakota’s state animal, the coyote (AKA prairie wolf).
Drink: The Black Gold (Captain Morgans, Jose Cuervo Gold Tequila, Sierra Mist, and Grenadine)
Why?: The Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes have specialty cocktails, naturally the folks in Thistledown wanted to create a drink to represent the Ohio Derby. The Black Gold is named after the only horse to win both the Kentucky Derby and the Ohio Derby.
Drink: The Farmer’s Daughter (Vodka, fresh strawberries, basil leaves, and simple sugar)
Why?: Lobby Bar, located in Oklahoma City, specializes in maintaining the tried-and-true nature of cocktails while adding an individual twist, crafting each individually with added, natural ingredients. Each of their Farmer’s Daughter cocktails is made with fresh fruit.
Drink: Flaming Ring of Fire (High proof rum, whiskey, and tabasco sauce)
Why?: Named after Oregon’s location in “The Pacific Ring of Fire ”, this shot turns up the heat with added Tabasco sauce.
Drink: The Bronx (Gin, Sweet red vermouth, dry vermouth, and orange juice)
Why?: Strangely, this cocktail was created by Joseph S. Sormani in Philadelphia, a retired Bronx restauranteur.
39. Rhode Island
Drink: Rhode Island Red (Partida Blanco tequila, chambord, lemon juice, agave nectar, orange bitters, and ginger beer)
Why?: While hailing from California, this drink was created to salute the 350th anniversary of Rhode Island’s reception of a Colonial Charter.
40. South Carolina
Drink: The Hemingway Mojito (Bacardi, sunset-red Italian Campari, muddled mint & grapefruit, soda water, and grapefruit juice)
Why?: Amen Street’s, located in Charleston, mixologists created a cocktail to match the colorful like of Ernest Hemingway. The drink boasts beautiful colors to reflect Hemingway’s love for Key West’s sunsets.
41. South Dakota
Drink: The President (Light rum, grenadine, and orange juice)
Why?: Over 2 million people visit South Dakota annually to visit this befitting cocktail’s dedication, the Presidents of Mount Rushmore.
Why?: This famous cocktail got its name from the Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Alabama restauranteur Tony Mason brought JD to court, alleging that the distillery stole his recipe, but a judge declined his request for $13 million in damages.
Drink: The Mexican Martini (Tequila, Cointreau orange liqueur, sweet & sour mix, lime juice, orange juice, and Sprite)
Why?: This cocktail variation of a margarita is served straight up in a cocktail glass and can be served extra spicy. This drink was created and continues to be incredibly popular in Austin, TX.
Drink: The Mountain Derby (Woodford Reserve, grapefruit juice, honey, and lemon juice)
Why?: This interesting cocktail was created by Dave Wallace and beat out other cocktails in a competition held in Park City, UT. As a result, his concoction is now featured on drink menus at bars and restaurants all over the city for six months.
Drink: The Old Vermont (Gin, maple syrup, lemon juice, orange juice, and bitters)
Why?: For a true version of an Old Vermont, a bartender needs to use Barr Hill Gin from Vermont.
Drink: The Copper Barley (Campari, sweet vermouth, and soda water)
Why?: The Copper Barley is a cocktail that uses malt exclusively from the Virginia Highland Malt distillery.
Drink: The Washington Apple (Vodka, Sour Apple Schnapps, and apple juice)
Why?: This can be served as a martini, a shooter, or on the rocks, but its main ingredient is Washington apples from, well, Washington.
48. West Virginia
Drink: The Persephone (Bourbon, whiskey, triple sec, lemon juice, and egg whites)
Why?: This holiday inspired, champagne-based cocktail was featured in the West Virginia Gazette by its style team.
Drink: The Tom and Jerry (Rum/brandy/whiskey, egg whites, vanilla extract, sugar, nutmeg, and powdered milk)
Why?: This Christmastime cocktail was originally created by journalist Pierce Egan in the 1820s, but continues to be most popular in Wisconsin.
Drink: The Boiler Maker (Light draft beer and whiskey)
Why?: Similar to Old Faithful in Wyoming, The Boiler Maker is a geyser of sorts. To consume this cocktail, you first have to drop the shot of whiskey into the beer, then down the entire thing in one gulp.
Drink: The Rickey (Gin, lime juice, and carbonated water)
Why?: While the drink was created in the 1880’s, the drink maintains its popularity as one of the most popular gin cocktails in the area and even has a virgin version called the “lime rickey”.