Meryl Stryfe: [Bangs fist on counter] A banana sundae!
Milly Thompson: A gâteau mille-feuille with Ceylon tea!
Drunk Customer: Listen missies, the gag won't work unless you order milk!
One of the most widely used pieces of shorthand for telling the audience about a character's personality: have the character order a drink.
Some drinks are particularly trope rich:
- Tea, the most popular beverage in the world after water. No surprise, given that besides Britain, Ireland, and the Commonwealth, tea predominates in the former Soviet Union, East Asia, and South and Southeast Asia, and is highly competitive in the Middle East and North Africa—a collection of regions that, all told, contains about half to two-thirds of the world population. Styles, strengths, sweetness, and other ingredients are strongly regional and indicative of class wherever you go.
- Coffee, its principal rival. As celebrated in the United States as tea is in the Commonwealth. Generally if a nation doesn't have a massive following for tea, that's because coffee of one form or another has taken that place instead. As with tea, you see a large variance in styles, strengths, and accompanying ingredients. A character gets extra tough guy points if he makes a point of ordering "Coffee. Black."
- Wine: the drink of the sophisticated intellectual, particularly if they're well-versed enough to know a Cabernet Sauvignon from a Pinot Noir, or that "[17XX/18XX/19XX/20XX] was a very [good/bad] year for Chateau L'[whatever]." Unless it's clear we're talking about the cheap stuff, in which case it's the tipple of choice for The Alcoholic—there's a reason we call them "winos". Wine is one of the few drinks that women order that don't generally bring any connotations with it, good or bad.
- Beer: Traditionally the drink of the plebeian, the working-class everyday Joe, and /or the sports stalwart. In recent times, however, it might be considered the mark of a hipster, particularly if the order is for something obscure, only available in a few select locales, or otherwise hard to obtain. A hipster might even drink a very common, cheap beer "ironically." (Pabst Blue Ribbon is particularly common among ironic drinkers.) On a darker note, Bottled beer is often the sign of an alcoholic and/or abusive parent.
- Whisk(e)y: Depends on the type. If a character orders Scotch or Irish whisky, they may be portrayed as sophisticated or worldly. On the other hand, if they order bourbon or rye (American or Canadian) they may be portrayed as a rough around the edges badass—unless it's a "sophisticated" rye or bourbon like Woodford Reserve or Booker's, which brings it back into "worldly" territory , albeit with connotations of "straight-talking American." This doesn't work as much with Canadian rye—even though there are more "sophisticated" Canadian whiskys, all but the most exclusive have a rough connotation, and so most of the time Canadian rye says "working-class person from Ontario or the Midwestern U.S. who probably watches way too much hockey." Regardless of the type, whisk(e)y is always portrayed as a manly drink—a woman who likes whisk(e)y is, if not mannish, then definitely tough and determined (recall Judi Dench's bourbon-sipping M from the James Bond films).
- Vodka (neat, as opposed to in a cocktail) will be consumed by either Vodka Drunkenski from the former Communist Bloc, or someone who wants to get hammered very quickly.
- Rum: a drink of straight rum instantly brings up nautical connotations. Either the person is a sailor (or pirate!), or wishes to be, if they didn't grow up in the tropics where rum is plentiful (and possibly the only drink available.) However, drinking rum as part of a mixed drink — like the well-known Rum and Coke — tends to dilute the nautical connotation.
- Gin: A classy drink, with British connotations, which increase immensely if the gin is paired with tonic water for the classic "gin and tonic." note
- Martini: The drink of the Uptown Girl and the Upper-Class Wit, an elegant-looking cocktail that connotes style and grace — or possibly a wish to get very drunk, very fast (what is today considered the traditional recipe is six parts gin and one part vermouth, which usually translates to a little over three drinks' worth as half-measures are used), while still looking stylish.note
- Soft drinks or water, when in a bar, represents an especially straitlaced person, or a stone-cold badass who doesn't give a damn about what anyone thinks, and wants to keep his wits about him. Or they're the Designated Driver. In fact, many real-life bars have a policy of not charging for anyone asking for soft drinks or water if they're accompanied by drinkers, because they want to encourage Designated Driving. note
- Milk: As water, but with more emphasis on naivety, or someone who's out of their element. Or someone who's really too badass to give a damn, possibly ordering milk to make exactly that point. (Not to be confused with Drunk on Milk.)
- Finally, The Gargle Blaster is the choice of every madman with a death wish.
The drink order can be code for nationality, and social class. See National Drinks for more details.
See also Luxurious Liquor, when what is communicated by a character's choice of drink (one rarely ordered but always found on hand) is their liquid assets.
Sometimes though, characters make a special point of ordering against type, such as an hardboiled character ordering milk (as mentioned above) or something sweet and girly.
- In an episode of RahXephon, Makoto Isshiki orders Bond's signature drink. Unlike Bond, he isn't a dashing spy, but (like Bond) he is a cold-hearted seducer.
- Monster uses whether or not one orders alcohol for character development. A recovering alcoholic orders whiskey, but then manages to stop himself from drinking it; a chronic lush orders coffee to indicate she's taking things seriously; and a workaholic orders whiskey to illustrate that he's actually treating his vacation as such.
- Black Lagoon: The Lagoon Company's drink of choice when on the boat is Heineken. When they're at the Yellow Flag, they'll usually knock back rum or whiskey, with the hardest drinker by far being Revy. Contrary to the usual with this trope, Naïve Newcomer Rock is quite capable of keeping up with her, given his prior job as a Japanese salaryman.
- Ricardo from El Cazador de la Bruja orders "Beer and milk" in any bar. The beer is for himself; the milk is for the Cute Mute orphan girl Lirio, whom he takes care of.
- The nameless Information Broker and her successors from Mnemosyne always introduce themselves by ordering a Grasshopper from the bar.
- In the Area 88 manga, Mickey and his father (two wealthy New York men living in the early 1970s) are shown drinking martinis in a flashback.
- Farina, a Mafia don and arms dealer, is often shown drinking red wine.
- Seri Awashima from K takes a martini with "six parts gin to one part vermouth, and... five scoops of red bean paste" - to which the bartender, Kusanagi, replies, "Your taste in drinks is the one thing I could never love about you, Seri," - introducing her Trademark Favorite Food and their Ship Tease in one quick exchange.
- Choose Me: Mark or Doug takes place mainly in a bar, so each of the characters order a drink. Mark orders a Gin and Tonic, Doug presumably mixes his mentioned favorite drink- a Singapore Sling, and you choose your own alcoholic drink, though Doug recommends later on to have a Daiquiri, a Cosmopolitan, or a Sex on the Beach.
- Captain Haddock, of Tintin, will have a Loch Lomond whisky. In Tintin Tintin And Alph Art (never completed due to Author Existence Failure), he was actually suffering from ill-effects as a result of not drinking. However, if whisky's not available, he's been known to favour rum.
- Tintin himself, meanwhile, invariably goes with something softer.
- The drink of choice for John Constantine of Hellblazer is a gin over ice.
- Marv from Sin City ordered "a shot and a brew" and told the waitress to keep it coming. He seems to like whiskey and beer. Due to his size, he doesn't seem to get drunk easily.
- Wolverine had two main vices for much of his history: cigars and beer. Although the former has appeared much less frequently in more recent books,note he continues to chug beer by the gallon (and thanks to his Healing Factor he can do it and not get drunk). Despite the wide varieties of beer which seldom tend to come up in the media, he doesn't seem to have a favorite beyond "beer." Notably, in one instance Armor asks him if she can help with a problem, and Logan (who already has about half a dozen empties lying around him) simply responds, "Are you a beer?"
- Logan's love of beer even becomes a minor plot point after his death. Cyclops decides the best way to honor him is to head down to a local tavern, chug a few brews, and get into a bar fight. Meanwhile, Armor decides to blow off steam with a beer after getting her ass kicked fighting recreations of all Logan's old enemies in the Danger Room. She's interrupted by Hellion, and when he realizes what she's doing he asks if he can help. Armor gives a Call-Back to the above conversation with Logan and simply asks, "Are you a beer?" Hellion does manage to talk her out of it.
- Bait and Switch:
- Kanril Eleya tends to order a Gargle Blaster of a cocktail called the Hathon hammer when she's off-duty. The drink uses Klingon bloodwine as its base, then you add two shots of kava juice and one shot of kanar, a syrupy Cardassian liquor, then you shake it over ice and serve it in a martini glass. Eleya has some serious Lad-ette tendencies, so it fits.
- Reality Is Fluid has Professor Atani Dukat of the Cardassian Science Ministry say she's never liked kanar and order a Samarian sunset instead. This after she verbally disowns her father, Gul Dukat, during the preceding Mission Briefing; she's working towards improved relations with Bajor.
- X-Men Film Series:
- Logan's strong preference for beer stems from his Canadian background, and it's also an indicator that he has lived for many years as a vagabond.
- X-Men: First Class:
- When Xavier is at Oxford, he orders a pint of beer and chugs down a yard of ale, which is stereotypically more "plebian" than, let's say, a martini. This signifies that despite his posh background, he enjoys interacting with people who are outside of his social class.
- Lehnsherr orders German beer in the hopes of gaining the attention of the two Nazis that he has targeted.
- Charles and Erik wish to maintain an air of sophistication when they visit Angel at the strip club, so both men are sipping champagne.
- In a Deleted Scene, Xavier and Moira cheerfully get drunk on champagne, and his choice of bubbly is presumably an attempt to impress her.
- It's subtle, but every time they're in a pub, Charles orders a cola, rather than alcohol, for Raven. He doesn't want her "slipping up" and exposing her true form.
- X-Men: Days of Future Past:
- The Vietnamese general orders whiskey for both himself and Mystique. In the case of the latter, it represents her tough and determined nature.
- 1973 Xavier is frequently seen consuming whiskey. It is generally viewed as a "manly" drink, but it's inverted in this case because he's an extremely depressed Manchild.
- In Rustlers' Rhapsody, the hero, on realising he's in "One of those tough bars" orders a gin. With a human hair in it. Later, the Town Drunk, on getting a gin, complains "Where's my hair?"
- "It's in there."
- Inspector Tequila Yuen, the Cowboy Cop from the John Woo movie Hard Boiled and the game Stranglehold has his nickname because he prefers to drink Tequila Slammers, which are made by pouring equal parts tequila and soda into a shot glass, placing one's hand over the glass and then slamming it on top of the bar in order to mix it before drinking.
- In The Big Lebowski, Sam Elliott's character, an old cowboy-type, asks for sarsaparilla (an old-school soft drink). Dude will have a White Russian.
- Wayne's World: When going out to have a drink and talk business with the guy who's offering them a syndicated TV-show, The Company Guy and Wayne drink beer while Garth drinks something huge, bright blue and garnished with what looks like an entire pineapple.
- ¡Three Amigos!. When they visit a Bad-Guy Bar the title characters try to order beer. When they're told all the bar has is tequila, they order some and are surprised at how strong it is.
- Characters in Giallo and other Italian genre movies drink J&B scotch. No exceptions.
- In GoldenEye, Judi Dench's new M mentions in her meeting with Bond that she prefers bourbon—the first sign of her no-nonsense, razor-sharp manner.
- In Jerry Lewis's The Nutty Professor Buddy Love's drink of choice is an Alaskan Polar Bear Heater - vodka, rum, bitters, a smidgen of vinegar, vermouth, gin, brandy, lemon peel, orange peel, a cherry, and scotch.
- Gran Torino: True to "Old Working-class Midwestern Man" form, Walt Kowalski drinks Pabst Blue Ribbon by the case. In the bar, he orders a PBR with a shot of Jack Daniel's, and basically forces his priest to change his order from a Coke to a gin and tonic.
- In the song "Your Majesties" from Cinderella, the Steward offers the King and Queen "the best of all the vintages from every nation's vine." The Queen reads off the Long List, but the King insists:
I want the wine of my country!
I want the wine of my country!
I want the wine of my country!
The wine of my country is beer!
- In A Face in the Crowd, Mel and Marcia have very dry martinis, the precise order being "just let the vermouth blow a kiss to the gin."
- Ordell Robbie in Jackie Brown is very partial to the screwdriver: Vodka and orange juice.
- In The Godfather Part II, Michael and Fredo are at an outdoor cafe in Havana. Fredo asks Michael how to say "banana daiquiri" in Spanish. Michael replies, "banana daiquiri." Fredo orders the daiquiri, and Michael orders a club soda.
- In Casablanca, Rick never drinks in his bar, until Ilsa comes in. Captain Renault notes that "a precedent is being broken." Later that night, Rick drinks alone, waiting for Ilsa to return. In their conversation the next day, he reveals what he was drinking: "Maybe it was the bourbon."
- In Honky Tonk Freeway, Carol defends her drinking to husband Sherm, claiming she's not a drunk because she only orders cocktails. When their waiter comes over, she immediately orders five Old Fashioneds.
- Eddie Valiant, Hardboiled Detective of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, orders a Scotch on the rocks. And he means ice.
- Though with a toon as bartender, he ends up with actual rocks in his drink anyway.
- John Wick: Chapter 2. Professional Killers John Wick and Cassian are trying their best to murder each other when they inadvertently enter a Truce Zone and have to stop fighting. The manager suggests they have a drink at the bar instead. Both of them order on each other's behalf, being familiar with the other's preference (Cassian drinks gin, John drinks bourbon).
- Marvel Cinematic Universe:
- Tony Stark is seen drinking all sorts of beverages, but being worldly and manly, he appears to prefer Scotch whisky or hot sake. His second drink of choice is champagne.
- Thor is seen enjoying his beer in Thor, Age of Ultron and Ragnarok, which fits him being a Hunk. In Ragnarok, he derisively tells Doctor Strange that he doesn't drink tea.
- Loki sips wine in Thor: Ragnarok while posing as Odin, which is appropriately kingly, and later, he's twice seen with a Sakaaran martini to enhance his aura of sophistication among the Grandmaster's entourage.
- James Bond drinks vodka martinis, "shaken, not stirred."
- Ian Fleming explained this preference by noting that it really only mattered if the bartender were female. Shake it!
- In Casino Royale he's poisoned and almost dies, when ordering a stirred one. A shaken, on the other hand, will break up the poison and thus reveal if the drink is poisoned.
- He also preferred it made with Russian or Polish vodka.
- His superior M rarely drinks, but when he does, he favors a particularly cheap Algerian wine, which he dubs "the Infuriator".
- In Discworld:
- A witch will have absinthe and feel "a bit woozy after the sixth glass." In her native land, however, she will drink either a local beer or scumble, which is a healthy tonic made from apples ("Well, mainly apples") that can also crinkle paint at twenty paces. The scumble Nanny Ogg makes is not a drink. It evaporates before it can touch the tongue. It is instead "drunken through the sinuses." Two spoonfuls was enough to knock out an Igor.
- Nanny Ogg, who prides herself on being the lowest common denominator, will have whatever's available, the stronger the better. And fill that big glass right up to the top if you please. And if the bottle runs empty before the glass is full, you can top it off with whatever form of alcohol is the next bottle.
- Special sheep liniment is not for sheep. It is ideal for shepherds on cold nights, and for Feegles at any time.
- Wizards are fond of beer, and in large quantities. Ridcully takes "good Ankh-Morpork ale" when he can, and we certainly know what goes into that! (Which is why all the other wizards drink beer instead.)
- Trolls drink — well, they drink molten rock, is what they drink.
Barman: One molten sulphur on coke with phosphoric acid...
Detritus: With umbrella in it.
- And Klatchian coffee, while not alcoholic, probably does not belong on the "soft" list. Drinking it causes one to become extremely knurd (the opposite of drunk), and when you're knurd you see the world exactly the way it is. Enthusiasts therefore take the precaution of becoming thoroughly soused beforehand.
- The preferred method of getting drunk enough to enjoy Klatchian Coffee is Desert Orakh. The exact method of manufacture is unknown, apart from the fact that it involves leaving cactus sap and scorpion venom in the desert for a week.
- Holden Caulfield from The Catcher in the Rye orders scotch and soda, when he can get away with drinking.
- Stephen King has various Author Avatar characters who will drink whatever they can get their hands on, usually "hard stuff" like vodka, whiskey or scotch.
- Anne Anderson gave a demonstration of her character in The Tommyknockers when she ordered a sombrero (which has "cream in it. Cream."), and threatened the waiter with the force of her wrath should it not be mixed exactly to her wishes.
- In the X-Wing Series comics, Rogue Squadron's favorite drink is lum, which is a foamy, strong ale. In the novels, they've switched over to Lomin ale. Corellians like Corran Horn, Wedge Antilles, and Han Solo like Corellian drinks. In Star Wars: Union, while Han and Luke are talking about Luke's upcoming marriage Luke orders hot chocolate, but Han gives him his whiskey for the subject.
- Chronologically, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas opens with Raoul Duke and Doctor Gonzo drinking Singapore Slings with mezcal on the side. They actually drink more or less everything over the course of the novel (along with a truly frightening array of drugs), but Duke (much like Hunter S. Thompson) prefers rum and Wild Turkey 101 bourbon, and Doctor Gonzo has a liking for mezcal—which includes tequila, but is not just tequila (much like Oscar Zeta Acosta; the preference for a stereotypically Mexican drink is a fairly clear indication that Doctor Gonzo, while officially Samoan, is really Mexican).
- In The Wonder Spot, Sophie's first college roommate is a rich jet-setter who wastes everyone's time at a bar the night they meet while she considers her options, some of which Sophie hasn't heard of. First she settles on a mint julep, then goes along with Sophie when she orders a White Russian, making the bartender pour out the julep.
- Jim Pooley and John Omally, main protagonists of Robert Rankin's Brentford Trilogy usually choose a local ale called Large (although they are not picky when drinks are free), Old Pete swears by dark rum, Neville, the part-time barman prefers vintage whisky and Professor Slocombe enjoys very old brandy.
- Cormoran Strike of The Cuckoo's Calling drinks a Cornish ale called Doom Bar. When he wants to get plastered, he simply drinks more of it.
- A Confederacy of Dunces: Oh, so many:
- Mrs. Reilly likes a Muscatel (i.e. Moscato) for when she drinks (i.e. often); she keeps them in the oven, to Ignatius' consternation.
- Santa Battaglia, meanwhile, likes Early Times bourbon whiskey and always seems to have some on hand.
- At the Night of Joy bar, Ignatius, pretentious ass that he is, orders a fancy New Orleans chicory coffee rather than anything alcoholic (yet another thing about his character). The barkeep tells him they only have instant; Ignatius is outraged. He eventually settles on a brandy.
- The very, very Camp Gay Dorian Greene drinks frozen daiquiris and similar such drinks.
- Things Fall Apart: All the men drink traditional Igbo palm wine, there being no other alcoholic beverages available. There are some variations in how they like it, though.
- The eponymous detective of Nero Wolfe surveys 49 beers, selects Remmer's as his tipple of choice, and drinks six quarts a day — eight times the recommended daily average. Refusing to drink until a particularly notorious killer is caught is portrayed as Serious Business.
- In The Kingkiller Chronicle, the Bard Kvothe regularly performs at an upmarket tavern and is happy to let his admirers buy him vintage Sounten — which is to say, the bartender gives him a mug of water and half the cost of the wine.
- The Elenium: Krager drinks wine in great quantity. His favorite variety is Arcian Red, and he comments unfavorably on vintages from the Tamuli Empire. In fact, the most reliable way for the heroes to get him to talk is to keep him sober for a few days, then wave a bottle of Arcian Red under his nose.
- In It All Started With Columbus, in order to pay down war debts from The American Revolution, Alexander Hamilton established a mint, which sold mint for mint juleps for Southern army officers. This "put the new government on its feet and removed a good many Southern colonels from theirs."
- Used to establish several characters in Victoria. For example, the can-do Southerner Bill McMoster offers the protagonist John Rumford a classy Bourbon, while the aristocratic Germanophile William Kraft prefers rare European wines.
- Alias: Julian Sark prefers the pricey and rare Chateau Pétrus 1982 (a fact that the Covenant is aware of), which is a strong indication of his sophisticated tastes. He also has a fondness for high-end champagne. He even nonchalantly pops off the cork from the bottle while completely surrounded by numerous agents with lots of guns.
- When he adopts the alias of Bob Brown, an American, he orders beer at the bar. This choice of drink is supposed to hint that Bob is middle-class, unlike Sark's posh Englishman routine.
- Artie kills a lot of Salty Dogs over the course of The Larry Sanders Show.
- Sea breeze is the drink of choice for Dennis Q. Finch.
- And for Lorne in Angel!
- J.D. and his appletinis on Scrubs.
J.D.: An appletini and the girliest drink in the house.\|
- A typical bar order for the main character of the Canadian TV series Butch Patterson: Private Dick consists of "eighteen gin and tonics, nine rum and cokes, three bottles of wine, six banana daquiries, fourteen whiskeys, and a large jug of draft beer."
- On Snuff Box, Matt Berry has a very distinctive way of ordering "Whiskeyyyyy!" at the gentleman's club he frequents.
- Don Draper will have an Old Fashioned made with rye, generally Canadian (and particularly Canadian Club, of which he keeps a bottle in his office). Before Season 4, anyway.
- Betty seems to prefer white wine and/or gimlets, although she goes for red wine in the earlier seasons when drinking alone around the house.
- Henry Francis seems to like brandy before bed.
- Roger Sterling seems to drink whatever's handy, but has a general preference for vodka, and starting in Season 4 there always seems to be a bottle of Smirnoff in his office. Product Placement, anyone?
- Ted Chaough orders an "Old Spanish" at a bar at one point. This is not a real drink, but a Shout-Out to 30 Rock (in which it is a rather disgusting-sounding wine cocktail).
- In a late episode of M*A*S*H Rosie's bar gets trashed and Rosie injured, so the surgeons fill in for her. She tells Hawk & BJ about an Australian MP who comes in and orders "coffee," but that's a code word for whiskey. If he doesn't get what he wants, for free, he'll shut her down. Unfortunately, Charles is the one tending bar when the guy comes in.
"You put coffee in my coffee!"
- Hawkeye and his Swampmate generally favored the extremely dry martini, often made with "gin" from their private still.
"You pour six jiggers of gin, and you drink it while staring at a picture of Lorenzo Schwartz, the inventor of vermouth."
- Another episode gave the recipe as "Five parts gin and a moment of silence for the vermouth."
- In the final episode, Hawkeye is said to have ordered a double bourbon at the Officer's Club instead of his usual martini (after driving a jeep through the wall), which helps show something is seriously wrong with him.
- Winchester's preferred drink is cognac. When Klinger orders one "with a beer chaser", he cringes in disgust.
- Hawkeye and his Swampmate generally favored the extremely dry martini, often made with "gin" from their private still.
- Rumpole of the Bailey: Rumpole's drink of choice is "Pommeroy's Plonk," aka "Chateau Fleet Street," aka "Chateau Thames Embankment," aka whatever claret Pommeroy's Wine Bar stocks for two quid a bottle. She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed (i.e. his wife Hilda) is typically seen quaffing gin and tonic. The clerk Henry goes for Dubonnet and lemonade, while Claude Erskine-Brown fancies himself a wine connoisseurnote and Sam Ballard Can't Hold His Liquor and therefore drinks mineral water.
- The women in Cougar Town, despite being heavy drinkers, are never seen drinking anything stronger than wine. The men will drink wine but also beer.
- Fitz will have a Scotch and dry. Make it a double if someone else is paying.
- Henry Crabbe from Pie in the Sky always has "gin and tonic. No ice; no slice." He explains in the second episode that he doesn't trust any ice cube that he doesn't know where the water's been, and that too many places now use lemon slices that were pre-sliced in a factory somewhere and shipped to the bar in individual plastic bags; in context, he's clearly bunging it on a bit for his audience, but it's characteristic enough to be his real reason.
- A Running Gag on NCIS is Gibbs's love of bourbon-brand bourbon. Shepard drinks bourbon as well, which is a plot point in one episode when he finds a bottle of scotch in her study and realizes that someone else had been there. La Grenouille drinks reserve Courvoisier, a brand favored by Napoleon, in one scene and serves some to Ducky-as-Harot, who brings it up frequently after. The rest aren't seen drinking as often, but when they are, Tony usually comes back to sake bombs, and Ducky, left to his own devices, drinks the Macallan.
- Vince Noir in The Mighty Boosh in keeping with his androgynous persona, prefers flirtinis with a twist of lime. Which becomes amusing when he makes the drink fashionable in a pub frequented by hoary old fishermen.
- "Flirtinis all round!"
- On Insomniac with Dave Attell, Dave would usually order a couple shots of Jager at any bar he visited.
- 30 Rock:
- Jack is always drinking scotch. There is one exception, in the scene where he meets C.C.; she hears him ordering "white rum with diet ginger ale and a splash of lime" and remarks, "Wow. I never would've pegged you for a University of Tennessee sorority girl." She herself has a shot of whiskey. After she leaves, the bartender gives Jack his drink, saying, "Here's your Nancy Drew," and Jack stiffly tells him that "for men it's called a Hardy Boy."
- In Tracy's Establishing Character Moment, he asks for apple juice in a fancy restaurant, and, when told they don't have it, settles for a vodka tonic.
- At her high school reunion, trying to feel successful and sophisticated, Liz orders a Manhattan. The bartender says, "Sure, what kind of bourbon?" and she folds and amends her order to a white wine spritzer.
- Also, when Liz is suspended from work in "Jackie Jormp-Jomp", she runs into a group of middle-aged, wealthy women (who would probably read Real Simple if their income was reduced by a zero or two) who drink white wine in the afternoons and go out to spas and for meals on weekdays. Turns out, it's a fight club.
- Call the Midwife: The nurses smuggle in small bottles of whatever they can into Nonnatus House (most often cheap spirits, and most often gin) but Trixie has developed a fondness for Babycham sparkling perry, and Cynthia and Jenny join her (historically accurate; Babycham was very popular among young women in the late 50s). It also seems the nuns drink whisky sours before going carolling, and Constable Noakes likes himself some whisky.
- In season 3 of Chuck, Casey recommends Johnnie Walker Black to Chuck when the latter must contend with the guilt of burning his first asset
- Throughout the Star Trek franchise, Romulan Ale (a blue alcoholic beverage) pops up from time to time as a somewhat popular (if outlawed in the Federation) alcoholic drink amongst Starfleet officers, its popularity and contraband status evidently being on par with Cuban Cigars. Interestingly enough, in Star Trek VI, when Kirk and McCoy are on trial for assassinating Chancelor Gorkon, their previous consumption of Romulan Ale is not brought up to merely suggest intoxication, rather than impact their overall credibility (showing that nobody, even people plotting against the Starfleet officers, takes the ban seriously enough to use their violating it against them).
- In one instance, a Romulan diplomat is seen discussing the effectiveness of replicated 'kali'fal' (a blue drink implied to be 'Romulan Ale' by its proper name). He remarks that the replica is accurate in most respects, but not near as aromatic as the genuine article. Apparently real Romulan Ale should forcibly open one's sinuses well before the first sip.
- Chekov and Scotty once compare drink orders. Chekov likes vodka—which Scotty calls "soda pop." His drink of choice is scotch—which, according to Chekov, "was inwented by a little old lady from Leningrad."
- A popular drink among Klingons is bloodwine, which has twice as much alcohol as whiskey.
- Paris Geller of Gilmore Girls drinks a triple esspresso, which symbolizes her painfully intensive nature.
- In Pretty Little Liars, Ezra Fitz was suspected to be the mysterious board shorts, after his regular order - boysenberry pie and board shorts ale beer, is revealed.
- A non alcoholic example is the Liars' regular coffee order. Emily drinks a straight Americano. Maya, Alison and Cece refer to her as "Americano" at a certain point in the series. Her simple taste is supposed to represent her unassuming nature, and also refer to the fact that she herself isn't straight (it was even lampshaded by Cece). Artistic Aria always orders a soy Latte. Her vegan diet is described in the series as yet another aspect of her general hipster-ness. Girly Hanna always orders a Latte, sometimes with whipped cream (which goes back to her days as unpopular Hefty Hanna). Overacheiver Spencer is known for her notorious Must Have Caffeine ways, and always orders a strong drink. Her dependence on caffeine is somewhat reperesntative of her tendency for prescription drug abuse.
- Sex and the City has the iconic Cosmopolitans, the drink of choice for Carrie and her girlfriends. When not drinking a Cosmo, Carrie usually alternates for a dirty martini.
- In Supernatural, most of the hunters, including Bobby and the Winchesters, drink whiskey and beer. Ash drinks PBR. Rufus is partial to Johnny Blue. However, Garth is a lightweight, who does better with sticking to milkshakes. Crowley drinks Craig, with which Rufus also has some familiarity.
- On Parks and Recreation, manly man Ron Swanson naturally sticks to Scotch whisky especially Lagavulin. "Clear alcohols are for rich women on diets." Nick Offerman is now making advertisements for Diageo, the company that owns Lagavulin, because his character brought attention to the brand.
- Seen on Two and a Half Men with first season one-shot character Bill, formerly Jill. Trying to make a good impression on Charlie, who still hasn't recognized him as Jill, Bill reflexively orders white wine, before evidently deciding that he doesn't want to come across as feminine, so he switches to beer, chickens out and makes it a light beer, then goes back to beer.
- Naturally, drink orders are a regular part of Cheers.
Woody: (Finally finishing his story) So what'll it be?
- In one episode, novice drinker makes his first-ever bar order: "a carafe of your house whiskey." When Sam reacts with surprise, he asks "oh, was that a bad order?" "Not if you're a party of twenty."
- In Woody's first appearance on the show he talks about how excited he is to be a bartender in a big city as opposed to his farm town. He goes into detail about how back home all anyone ever ordered was beer, which was disappointing for someone who spent years learning how to mix drinks since "any monkey can pull on a tap." Unfortunately, he's telling this story to Norm and Cliff, who being hard-working stiffs, have one order.
- Subverted in Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond. Ian Fleming goes to a jazz club and orders the drink he would one day make famous. The bartenders wordlessly plonks down a beer instead.
- Snoop Dogg likes his (Seagram's) Gin and Juice.
- The late Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead claimed to have drunk a bottle of Jack Daniel's whiskey every day for over thirty years. In some circles the Jack and Coke was named in his honour.
- Joseph Haydn liked his Tokay wine (Tokay or Tokaji is wine from the Tokaj region of Hungary, famous for botrytized wines that are either very strong or very sweet). And when we say liked, we mean liked. Granted, anyone with social ambitions in Austria at the time was supposed to like Tokay, but Haydn took it to extremes even by the standards of the time.
- Given the personal nature of tastes, what one drinks plays a very large part in identity politics. One extreme example is the "log cabin and hard cider campaign" run by William Henry Harrison in the US presidential election of 1840. The campaign started when an opposition newspaper mocked candidate Harrison's age by remarking "give him a barrel of hard cider, and ... a pension of two thousand [dollars] a yearnote ... and ... he will sit the remainder of his days in his log cabin." Given that hard cider was the main beverage of the grain-poor Thirteen Colonies but had long past been replaced by beer and whiskey and the only people who still lived in log cabins were crazy old coots out in the middle of nowhere, this was basically the period equivalent of everything that has ever been said about John McCain. Harrison decided to turn this around, declaring himself "the log cabin and hard cider candidate" to promote an image of old-fashioned, working-class frontier values (i.e, "small town values"), which was actually very much against his background, as he had been born on his family's Virginia plantation.
- Billy Connolly routine: "Hey barman, is Jimmy 'Chainsaw' McHaggerty in here? How about Angus Kick-em-in-the-balls-first-and-ask-questions-later McGuinness?" Et cetera with similar scary names, to which the barman says no. Billy (in a sissy voice) "Then I'll have a Campari and soda please".
- In the VIPER sourcebook for 5th edition Champions, the titular villainous organization provides "Snake Beer" at all its bases. Quality varies, as they normally hijack beer shipments and slap a new label on the cans/bottles. But for the average VIPER recruit, the important thing is that it's free. (For the leadership, the important thing is that it keeps their members from getting sloshed in bars and talking too much.)
- In Pathfinder's setting of Golarion, the god Cayden Cailean is an enthusiast of all alcohol, but particularly likes beer. His holy symbol is a tankard, one of his holy days is the First Brewing, and adventurers can buy the beer he was allegedly drunk on when he ascended to godhood. He and the dwarven god Torag have drinking contests from time to time.
- Blanche from A Streetcar Named Desire is a heavy alcoholic, but loathes beer and only drinks whiskey.
- State of the Union has a scene (shortened in the film version) in which Spike tells the Matthews' butler what drinks should be served: Judge Alexander (a Southerner) will "probably stick to straight bourbon"; his Lady Drunk wife requests Sazeracs and a lot of them. The only other character with a notably specific drinking preference is Sen. Conover, who takes Scotch and soda after dinner.
- In The Time of Your Life, Joe, being something of a Rich Idiot with No Day Job, likes to loaf around at Nick's and order champagne, though Nick's isn't the kind of high-class joint that would ordinarily stock up with it.
- In Margin for Error, the Consul acquired his taste for brandy when he was Consul in British South Africa. He is proud to note that his old stock of brandy was "reclaimed" from a Rothschild cellar. The fanatically pro-German Horst's preference is pale Hofbrau.
- Elwood P. Dowd would always order two martinis when he went to the bar — one for himself, and one for Harvey. Of course, the locals figure he's just downing both of them himself and then drunkenly gushing about the tall anthropomorphic rabbit friend of his.
- In the world of Monkey Island, grog is a mixture of kerosene, propylene glycol, artificial sweeteners, sulphuric acid, rum, acetone, red dye no. 2, SCUMM, axle grease, battery acid, and/or pepperoni.
- Team Fortress 2 The Demoman is never without a bottle of scrumpy.
- According to Poker Night at the Inventory and Poker Night 2:
- In Ansem Retort, Axel has a noted fondness for tequila. Another time, our... erm... "heroes" use liquor for Time Travel and recruit Marluxia to "drink the gay drinks... because you're gay".
- Marluxia: So you're saying you want me to drink appletinis until we go back in time?
- Graham in Wizard School orders a "Scotch. With extra scotch."
- In an early episode of Futurama Bender is seen ordering three very specific, high class wines at a dinner party... He then instructs the waiter to "Mix them all together"
- Three very specific, high class fortified wines
- In The Venture Bros., Rusty is at a low-rent strip club where beer is the drink of choice - he orders a Rob Roy, and the burly bartender reaches down under the bar, looking like he's going after a baseball bat (but reaches for a drink recipe card.)
- In The Brothers Grunt, all Grunts adore martinis. After Perry's coronation, the assembled Grunts drink a martini toast to their new leader. During the celebrations that followed, the Poobah is chugging martinis as fast as Ringo can mix them.
- Kaeloo: In Episode 88, Mr. Cat orders a whiskey at an Old West Saloon. He does the same thing in Episode 87 when at a restaurant, but Kaeloo refuses to let him drink alcohol.
- On King of the Hill, Hank, Bill, Dale, and Boomhauer, all drink beer when they're off the clock, showing them as working-class guys (Hank specifically says they do it to relax after a hard day). They also obsessively only drink the fictional Alamo brand, which is brewed in America (specifically Texas), showing the obsessive patriotism the four of them subscribe to (especially since Alamo is implied to not even be that good).
- Kings Of The Inland Empire: All four of the main manly men love light beer and energy drinks. In fact, they buy a tap in their kitchen that simultaneously dispenses Coors Light and Monster Energy Fuel.
- Hunter S. Thompson was noted for his fondness for both rum and Wild Turkey 101, a fondness shared by his alter ego Raoul Duke (as anyone who's read or seen Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas can attest).
"Yeah, what are you drinkin?" I ordered a Margarita with ice, but he wouldn't hear of it: "Naw, naw...what the hell kind of drink is that for Kentucky Derby time? What's wrong with you, boy?" He grinned and winked at the bartender. "Goddam, we gotta educate this boy. Get him some good whiskey..." I shrugged. "Okay, a double Old Fitz on ice." Jimbo nodded his approval."
- His contract riders for speaking engagements are legendary. In Fear and Loathing in America: The Brutal Odyssey of an Outlaw Journalist, Thompson says he typically received so much Wild Turkey he ended up giving quarts away before leaving town, and some schools actually took him up on his half-joking offer to reduce his speaking fee, should they provide him with cocaine.
- In "The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved":
- Frederick The Great was fond of coffee boiled in champagne, which combined perfectly two of his passions: modernity and French culture. Coffee was very modern in the early 18th century, and champagne is of course French. Note that this didn't keep him from banning coffee to commoners to protect the brewing industry, despite his hatred of beer (he found it too German).
- Charles, Prince of Wales, prefers Laphroaig scotch, the mesquite barbecue of scotches. It's the only scotch ever to carry the Prince of Wales' royal warrant (which means they are his official supplier and can use this fact in advertisements).
- Christopher Hitchens was famously an aficionado of Scotch, particularly Johnnie Walker Black Label—hence his amusement at its popularity among Middle Eastern and Third World autocrats.
- Joseph Haydn loved Tokaji (or Tokay) wine. Loving Tokaji was typical of a man of his era and position (as court composer to a Hungarian noble family in the 18th century—Austrian and Hungarian nobles and their associates were all supposed to be Tokaji devotees), but Haydn took it to the next level.
- Dan Aykroyd is the part-owner of a vodka brand, Crystal Head Vodka, which comes in a skull-shaped bottle. He works it into almost all of his appearances on TV or in film and is rarely seen outside in public without something with the logo on his person. He also owns a vineyard and has his own wine brand, and owns the distribution rights to Patron tequila in his native Canada. Essentially, dude likes his booze.
- Bob Hope in Road to Utopia. Hope's character tries to fit in at tough-guy frontier bar, but then orders a lemonade. Realizing his mistake, he quickly turns to the bartender and growls, "...in a dirty glass!"
- Lovable Rogue Brodie Bruce of Mallrats spends much of the movie sipping from a dixie cup full of soda that he brought from home. At one point he successfully orders a fast-food cashier to "Fill this up with Coke. No Ice."
- In the epic comedy The Blues Brothers, John Candy in the role of a police detective attends the film's pivotal fund-raising concert in order to arrest the performing band, but decides he wants to see them perform first and orders three Orange Whips for himself and the much more "serious" uniformed state troopers he is with.
- The line was ad-libbed as an informal promotion of a non-alcoholic orange creame beverage sold by the family of the film's costumer. Since the film the beverage has morphed into a sweet alcoholic cocktail.
- Back to the Future
- When times get rough in 1885 in Back to the Future Part III, genius Emmett "Doc" Brown heads to the bar. The Hill Valley saloon is so Rated M for Manly that when Marty tries to order a nonalcoholic drink, the barflies laugh while the bartender pours him a free shot of whiskey—that BURNS the bar top where it spills. However, Doc is apparently so bad at being drunk that the bartender keeps some sarsaparilla note in stock just for him. Doc ends up drinking one single shot of whiskey, which knocks him out entirely.
- Used for humor in the first film, when Marty gets George to man up and try asking Loraine to the dance, he goes up to the counter of the diner and orders milk. slaps bar "Chocolate!" The glass slides in from off-screen, George takes a big sip, and heads off to talk to Loraine as Marty looks on, dubious.
- In Shane, a line is quickly drawn between the titular character and the drunken members of the Ryker gang when he walks into their bar and orders a soda-pop.
- Rustlers' Rhapsody. When Rex O'Herlihan walks into a Western bar he first orders a glass of warm milk. When everyone in the bar in the bar stares at him he changes his order to a sarsaparilla. See the entry under "Strong Drinks" above for what happens next.
- Xander Cage in xXx orders club soda and cranberry juice. This could just be to contrast him against the James Bond-types who he's intended to be an inversion of, or because he's an extreme-sports fanatic and doesn't want his reflexes dulled while he's undercover. Some people theorise that Xander is in fact Straight Edge.
- In The Great Muppet Caper, Fozzie is messing with some champagne served in a coupe (no, not his '50 Studebaker). He takes a sip, then turns around and informs the people behind him, "Hey, if you add enough sugar to this stuff it tastes just like ginger ale!" He gives the distinct impression that he finds this to be an improvement (possibly the fact that he was adding sugar to it was a pretty solid hint).
- Harley Stone in Split Second survives on nothing but heavily-sweetened coffee and chocolate since his partner was killed by a monster no one else believes in.
CONSTABLE: Would you like some coffee with your sugar, guvner?
- Catwoman has Catwoman showing up at a bar after her transformation with a very specific order..
Catwoman: White Russian, no ice, no vodka... hold the Kahlua.
Bartender: Cream, straight up.
- In the Doctor Who novel The Infinity Casket, Rose orders water at a tough Space Pirates tavern, and the Doctor hastily adds the dirty glass.
- Ciaphas Cain, HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!!!', once trekked across an Ork-infested continent in order to get to the nearest available pot of tanna tea. (OK, to be honest, he actually made the trip because it was the closest point of relative safety on the planet, but the fact that he did get the tea at the end was certainly an added bonus.)
- Tanna is a national drink of all Valhallans, Cain just picked this habit from his long association with them. He's just as well would take an (alcoholic) amasec, a brandy analogue.
- Starting from the first major Star Wars Expanded Universe trilogy, Luke Skywalker's favorite drink is an exotic but very safe, comforting beverage called "hot chocolate". As his wife muses, it fits his farmboy personality perfectly.
- Wookieepedia says that toppings for hot chocolate include "orchid bean extract" (vanilla), "tang bark" (cinnamon) and "mallow paste" (marshmallows).
- Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze film. While at Captain Seas' dinner party, Doc's aides order lemonade, root beer and a glass of milk, and Doc himself asks for a Coke.
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
- In The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Arthur Dent tries very patiently to get a simple cup of tea from the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation Nutri-Matic Drinks Synthesizer which, while it claims to produce the widest possible range of drinks personally matched to the tastes and metabolism of whoever cares to use it, invariably produces a liquid which is "almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea" (possibly a Take That! at coffee). Arthur's determination leads him to explain the process of making tea, from geography to the social aspects to preparation. In the end, it almost gets him and everyone else on the Heart of Gold killed by Vogons, but he does indeed get a cup of good tea out of it.
- The radio series had a sentient-machine that dispensed drinks apparently tailored to every customer's exact tastes and nutritional needs, provoking Arthur to exclaim "Wonderful, apparently I'm a masochist on a diet" before beginning another rant about tea, and the fall of a civilisation and the creation of a race of bird-men.
- Dragaera's Vlad Taltos is a wine connosseur and also favors "klava," a coffee derivative probably based on Hungarian egg coffee.
- Ubiquitous in Tamora Pierce books. Because her books take place in medieval settings, where beer at breakfast was common (they hadn't really figured out sanitation yet), but have child-to-teenage protagonists, she explains why they're going with the soft option:
- In the Circle of Magic books, mages are usually teetotalers for good reason—when the four protagonists tried some alcohol, they destroyed a barn.
- In the Tortall Universe, Keladry prefers cider and Beka Cooper drinks twilseynote at taverns because they dislike the uncontrolled feeling that alcohol brings. Lord Raoul is also a teetotaler after being The Alcoholic in his youth.
- Horatio Hornblower: Hornblower tries to drink very lightly when he's at functions with alcohol since he likes to be in control of himself at all times. (He does get drunk in The Commodore after having to prevent his aide from assassinating the Czar and winds up sleeping with a Countess... also, half the fleas in the Russian palace.) Usually he drinks coffee or whatever pitiful substitute is left on the ship, like burnt toast.
- In The Disaster Artist (making this a Real Life example as well) Tommy Wiseau's beverage of choice whenever he goes out to eat is hot water. What does this say about his personality? Well, it's one of many things he does in the first chapter alone that's so peculiar that no one knows how to react; Sestero mentions he's never seen a waiter who didn't balk at that order.
- He's also noted to chug Red Bull around the clock.
- Charlie Wilson's War. Gust Avrakotos is disgusted when the two supposed tough guys from the CIA active services division order diet coke and chocolate milk. Meanwhile the Swiss Arms Dealer they're negotiating with is drinking cognac.
- Sweet Valley High: The protagonist twins (and most of their friends) always drink root beer.
- Star Trek: Voyager: Janeway loves her "coffee, black".
"Coffee. The finest organic suspension ever devised. It's gotten me through the past three years. I beat the Borg with it."
- Star Trek: The Next Generation: Picard, on the other hand, prefers "Tea. Earl Grey. Hot." Amusingly enough, this is not supposed to be a character definition, but a requirement of the replicator. In one of the early episode, Picard orders tea. The replicator makes him tea, and it's horrible. So he goes back and orders Earl Grey tea, only to find that it is cold. Hence the line. Probably not an exact version of the scene, but close enough:
Data's Housekeeper: How'dja want yer tea?
Old Picard: (going senile) Tea? Earl Grey. Hot.
Data's Housekeeper: 'Course it's hot! Whatcha want innit?
Old Picard: Nothing! (later) Are you sure this is Earl Grey? I could swear it's Darjeeling...
- Of course, you would think that the replicator could just be programmed to give him the exact tea he wants whenever he just says "tea", but then it wouldn't be Rule of Funny, would it?
- Geordi once asked for some water, and it still wanted to know the exact temperature. When the Chief Engineer has to do stuff like that, the problem's on the replicator's end.
- Klingons as a whole stick to the harder bloodwines; Worf rather likes the stuff himself, but his Earth-conditioned taste leads him to prefer bloodwine young and sweet, which the Federation replicators can't seem to make properly. He thus prefers a softer "warrior's drink": prune juice.
- Miles O'Brien of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine drinks "Coffee, Jamaican blend, double-strong, double sweet."
- While Captain Sisko typically drinks Raktajino (with a jacarine peel), a Klingon coffee. This is also popular with several members of his staff.
- In a Shout-Out to Bond, Julian will order his martinis "stirred, not shaken." He's also fond of Tarkalian tea.
- Star Trek: The Next Generation: Picard, on the other hand, prefers "Tea. Earl Grey. Hot." Amusingly enough, this is not supposed to be a character definition, but a requirement of the replicator. In one of the early episode, Picard orders tea. The replicator makes him tea, and it's horrible. So he goes back and orders Earl Grey tea, only to find that it is cold. Hence the line. Probably not an exact version of the scene, but close enough:
- Radar O'Reilly: Grape Nehi.
- In a couple early episodes, we learn General Clayton's "usual" is sherry and ginger ale.
- In the episode where they get the Officer's Club, it's shown Frank Burns' usual drink is a Shirley Temple.
- Ryuu Tendou from Choujin Sentai Jetman, being straight-laced, super serious hero, usually orders milk in bars. Hot or cold.
- In Season 5 of Mad Men there's a scene where Sally is at lunch in a restaurant with Megan and one of Megan's friends. Sally orders coffee and puts lots of sugar in it (the scene cuts to an overhead shot of the sugar landing into the coffee and fades out before she stops), illustrating how Sally's growing up but is still somewhat of a kid.
- Breaking Bad: Lydia is known for ordering chamomile tea with soy milk and stevia. Laura Fraser, who played her, commented "Why would you put milk in chamomile tea? I don't get that. That should have been clue #1 there, of how deranged she was going to get." This became a very important plot point in the series finale, as Walter White, knowing her habit, mixes the stevia with ricin to fatally poison her.
- Call the Midwife: Horlicks for everyone—nuns, nurses, doctors, patients—especially when on duty or under stress.
- Jeeves and Wooster: Bertie puts five lumps of sugar into a small cup of tea.
- Batman (Adam West) enters a 60's disco, that barred Robin, since he was under 21, and orders orange juice, trying to "blend in."
- Jonathan Coulton, on geek preferences: "Code Monkey like Fritos, Code Monkey like Tab and Mountain Dew..."
- From In the Heights, part of Benny's morning routine is to get his "boss' second coffee, one cream, five sugars."
- In The Golden Apple, the second verse of "Scylla and Charybdis" mentions that Scylla has:
Bought a vineyard up in Maine
That makes passable champagne
Though his ulcers keep him down
- In Holy Musical B@man! Alfred asks Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson—who have just met—if he can get them a drink. They respond in unison:
- Hawke from Advance Wars apparently like black coffee. Just look at his profile on the game.
- Coffee of Doom in Questionable Content does do the fancy-schmancy drinks, but in "small", "medium", "large", "WTF" and occasionally "Fuck You, Bladder" sizes. When someone uses a certain chain's faux-Italian size names, the offender is told "No habla Starbucks".
- The Australians' affinity for beer is parodied on The Simpsons when Marge fruitlessly tries to order coffee.
Marge: I'll just have a coffee.
Australian Bartender: Beer it is.
Marge: No, Cof-fee.
Marge: Coffee. C-O-
- Kim Possible: Dr. Drakken takes chocolate milk. Even worse, he insists on calling it "Cocoa Moo," acting as though he had just had all of his evil sucked out. "Cocoa Moo", mentioned in a couple of other episodes, might be a brand name in the KP-verse.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: Uncle Iroh has a passion for tea.
- The "ginger ale... in a dirty glass" bit was also used in the Galaxy Rangers episode "Don Quixote Cody." We are talking about a cartoon from the middle eighties...and the two Rangers were on duty, after all. Fanon will usually depict Niko as a tea-drinker, and Goose taking his coffee strong enough to melt the spoon.
- In the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Showdown", the muscular and scarred bounty hunter Jonah Hex walks into an Old West saloon and orders milk -in a clean glass.
- In Episode 88 of Kaeloo, Stumpy orders a soda at an Old West Saloon.
- Comedian Maria Bamford mentions Diet Coke in a lot of her jokes.
- Elton John and Diet Coke, at least in The '90s. He was a celebrity endorser of the drink in television ads, and it was a fixture of his contract riders.
- Much like Elton John, former Disney studio chairman and DreamWorks Animation founder Jeffrey Katzenberg has a favorite drink in Diet Coke. Reportedly, he was handed a Diet Coke upon entering animation meetings at Disney and also is alleged to down cans of it a day.
- One would think the famously macho manly-man that was Theodore Roosevelt would down whiskey, wouldn't you? Turns out Teddy wasn't that big of a fan of alcohol, but loved coffee (with lots and lots of sugar). His son described his coffee cup as being "more in the nature of a bathtub." Supposedly after being served a cup of Maxwell House coffee he described it as "good to the last drop," which the company turned into their slogan.
- Roberta from Black Lagoon orders milk, and she's a human Terminator! It's a good way to provoke a fight. Also drinking milk in the series were Torch, a psychopathic Mormon pyromaniac and Rotton the Wizard a (not so) Badass Longcoat who can't hold his liquor. However, in a later appearance of Roberta, she orders tequila, signaling a return to her bloodthirsty past personality.
- One of the many ways that Devil May Cry showcases Dante's quirkiness despite his status as a badass is in, among other things, his tendency to instantly assume that people who enter his shop are looking for the bathroom, his fondness for tomato juice, and his habit of ordering a strawberry sundae from any bar he walks into. The last one in particular is seen in the very first scene in the anime.
- Badass giant robot pilot Van of GUN×SWORD has as his drink of choice... milk. He does have an excuse, however - he Can't Hold His Liquor worth a damn.
- Same with above example, although the guy in question is Yusei Fudo of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's. Has a yellow shape on his face? Criminal. Wears leather or denim with shoulder, elbow and knee pads? Biker. Bar near a prison? This guy came from prison. Completely emotionless face? No Nonsense type of guy. What does he order? Get me Milk.
- Of course, he expects to ride in a high-speed motorcycle race at any time, so staying sober is probably a good idea.
- The favorite drink of Afro Samurai: "Lemonade. Ice cold." (Lemonade is a major part of one of his few good childhood memories.) Do not interrupt the man while he's drinking, either.
- Colonel Paya Livingston from Dai Mahou Touge orders "the usual" at the bar and gives the barkeep a jar with "sake" written on it. However, "the usual" turns out to be chocolate milk, which the barkeep pulls from under the counter.
- Another classic example is when The Phantom goes to town in the guise of Mr. Walker, to extract information. He will invariably visit the grungiest bar in the seediest part of Morristown and order milk. Nobody ever mocks him for it... more than once ("It is good for the bones" [starts breaking bones]). And they will always have a bottle handy.
- Naturally. They need it to make Caucasians, which in turn is the girliest cocktail ever and only an acceptable guy's drink after The Big Lebowski was made.
- In the Marvel G.I. Joe comic, Zartan's Dreadnoks all drink grape sodas, usually served as if they were alcoholic.
- Many members of the Joe team drink the fictional Yo-Joe Cola, which reportedly tastes nasty.
- Jackie Estacado of The Darkness is a non-drinker, and only orders non-alcoholic items at the local bar because "likes himself the way he is."
- Batman seldom drinks alcohol, however, as he plays up the role of the Rich Idiot with No Day Job, he is known to order Ginger Ale and pretend that it is champagne or the like. On the rare occasions when he does, he favors bourbon.
- In the early days of the comic book, Lucky Luke would always drink lemonade or Coca-Cola when he was at a saloon. But ever since the comic changed its publisher, he always orders beer.
- In Mesmo Delivery, Rufo, a huge, broad-shouldered former boxer now working as truck driver, stops at a roadside diner and since he's working gets himself a glass of milk, unfortunately since he also has a rather pudgy, round face the other customers decide to call him a big baby.
- When Sam & Max hit up a bar before travelling to ancient Egypt, Sam orders a root beer and an Orange Julius; Max demands dish water in a dirty glass.
- A John Wayne quote (that he never said): "Get off your horse and drink your milk."
- Forgot the exact source, but a bartender in some western once explained he keeps milk around because people tough enough to dare order milk at his bar really aren't the kind of people he'd want to offend by not having any.
- Jean Girard from Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby daintily sips an espresso from a real china cup and saucer as he drives his stock car. It's against stereotype for NASCAR, but totally in-stereotype for a gay Frenchman. At least he's not downing Bordeaux during a race.
- The Mariachi from El Mariachi and Desperado, despite his badass gunslinger persona, orders soda when visiting a bar. He explains that he doesn't drink because he's a musician and afraif that it would ruin his voice.
- When Bond loses it all in Casino Royale (2006), he evidently does not give a damn about whether his martini is shaken or stirred.
- Billy Costigan in The Departed orders a cranberry juice. A mob flunkie who cracks a joke about it gets the glass in his face.
- In Clockers, one of the main characters is a low-level drug dealer who at one point walks into a bar and orders chocolate milk, specifically "Chocolate Moos." He thinks it will help his ulcer.
- In Sidekicks, Chuck Norris drinks milk... which automatically means milk is awesome.
- Charlie Chan is The Teetotaler, but in spite of the fact that he's Chinese and is a teetotaler he is no fan of a Spot of Tea; he prefers sarsaparilla (a root beer-like beverage).
- Rory, a badass Yardy gangster in Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels likes frothy drinks of the Umbrella Drink type. On one occasion, he does order a cocktail with a very high alcohol content, but that was only so he could spit it on someone who annoyed him and set them on fire.
- In Final Justice, Joe Don Baker's character is made fun of by a comically tiny Maltese Man for wanting to order milk (after trying and failing to procure some Maalox). This goes well for neither the tiny man nor the other Maltese guys in the bar.
- Invoked in Victor/Victoria when King Marchant goes to a working-class bar looking for a fight. He orders milk.
Local tough: Cow's milk or mother's milk?
King: How 'bout your sister's? (cue Bar Brawl)
- Archie Goodwin of the Nero Wolfe series generally orders milk (although he doesn't completely avoid strong drinks).
- In The Thrawn Trilogy, Mara Jade Skywalker, a female Rambo and Mama Bear with a lightsaber, also loves hot chocolate. Of course, she used to be a courtier (well, court assassin), where the drink was too unsophisticated; after that she was a smuggler, and her business partners, "like the good smugglers they were, had turned up their noses at all nonalcoholic drinks in general." By the time she marries Luke, she's looking for the comforting, homey atmosphere. See above.
- Biggles is an absolute teetotaller, and is seen in one of the early stories taking enormous risks in competition with a fellow airman over a crate of lemonade. This makes rather more sense when you know that it was originally a crate of excellent pre-war whisky, but was retconned later when the books became popular among children. In the post-WWI books he's teetotal even in the original editions, but this is because a mix of PTSD and lovesickness led to him becoming an alcoholic, which nearly got him killed on the last day of the war.
- In Star Wars, Darth Maul opts to order pure water - dedicated warrior that he is, he'd not dull his senses on a mission with anything alcoholic. Woman at the bar is somewhat disdainful, partly that he's not spending much... she gets a glare, and a mind whammy to bring him his drink and leave him alone.
- Honor Harrington's drink of choice is hot chocolate when she's on duty. When she's not, then it's an Old Tillman in a frosty stein, and she and her hubby just love to snark at her brother-in-law, a known wine snob.
- In Field Of Dishonor, Denver Summervale's snobbishness is indicated (lampshaded, even) by his insistence on only drinking whiskey from Earth (known as "T-Whiskey"), which is exorbitantly expensive on Manticore, despite local versions of the drink being comparable in quality.
- The only time we see Citizen Admiral Thiesman drinking alcohol in the books is when he is the commander of the Havenite forces at DuQuesne Base, when he becomes a heavy drinker of T-Whiskeynote after coming to the full realization of what kind of people running the government he serves, and how powerless he is to do anything about it.
- In The Dresden Files:
- Sanya, a Russian-born Knight of the Cross, prefers brandy to stereotypical vodka (as many educated and cultured Russians do), but will happily drink either.
- Father Forthill has been known to keep a hip-flask of good scotch on him.
- Harry himself will drink anything that contains enormous amounts of sugar and caffeine. His alcoholic beverage of choice is beer. Specifically, Mac's beer (which is actually an ale). It's brewed personally by Mac, every step of the way, and served at room temperature, old-world style. This has first-time patrons at Mac's skeptical, for about the first sip. Karrin Murphy, all-American to the core, once complained it had "too much flavor".
- In one of the The Adventures of Samurai Cat books, Miaowara Tomokato goes into a rough bar and orders a saucer of milk. And gets it, though he needs to disassemble most of the patrons before being allowed to drink it in peace.
- In the Discworld books, hard-boiled cop Commander Vimes drinks lemonade. Justified, in that he's a recovering alcoholic. In Snuff, his butler has invented a cocktail which is non-alcoholic but nonetheless has a kick to it, since it includes some powerful spices.
- In one of E. E. “Doc” Smith's Lensman books Kimball Kinnison goes into a bar and orders a pineapple pop, in order to deliberately provoke a fight.
- In the Captain Future homage novel Avengers of the Moon, our hero orders a drink in a Bad-Guy Bar to avoid hostile attention, but as he's not used to drinking (he's still quite young) the others recommend a session ale. Then Captain Future faces the problem of how you drink while wearing an oxygen mask (through a straw, as it happens).
- In the Mechwarrior: Dark Age novel Ghost War, intelligence operative Mason Dunne is at a party and notes that the bar has his favorite Irish Whisky on tap... but then deliberately avoids ordering it; his cover identity prefers a different drink, and he wants nothing, no matter how how small, to link back to his true identity.
- In "Gunmen of the Apocalypse", the Western episode of Red Dwarf:
Rimmer: I've seen Westerns. I know how to speak cowboy. Leave the talking to me. [turns to the bar woman] A dry white wine and Perrier, please.
- Oddly enough, in the same scene, the barmaid is completely confused by the Cat's trying to order tequila.
- In Star Trek: The Next Generation, all Klingons take bloodwine (straight out of the barrel). Worf, who was raised on Earth, likes his bloodwine "very young and very sweet" but Federation replicators can't do it justice and Starfleet is rather more strict in their opinion of drunken revelry. His drink of choice? Prune juice, introduced to him by the ship's bartender, Guinan. (Expanded Universe novels suggest that prune juice has become a major Federation export to the Klingon Empire.)
Worf: This is a warrior's drink!
- One of the rules for The Lone Ranger screenwriters was that he never touched alcohol - even the saloons had to resemble cafés.
- On Hustle, stylish con man Mickey Bricks seems to be a fan of orange juice.
- In one episode of ER, Mark Greene's father orders a fancy latte and explains to his son (paraphrased), "We're navy, but this is still California."
- The Middleman orders milk from bars. This wouldn't be against stereotype since he's such a boyscout, but he proceeds to torture his interrogation victim every time he takes a sip. The man cracks when he goes to get another bottle. "Lemonade. Ice cold".
- BA Baracus, the resident Scary Black Man from The A-Team is a strict teetotaller and only drinks milk.
- The McPoyles in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the criminal inbred rivals to The Gang, show up to the bar after word of mouth marketing reached them about The Gang's wild, total freedom policy:
Liam: I heard you got 'anything goes' going on in here. So can we get a couple glasses of milk?
- El Chapulín Colorado features the outlaw and horrible villian El Cuajinais, entering the bar and ordering... a glass of milk.
Waiter: A glass of milk?Cuajinais: ON THE ROCKS.Waiter: Alright.Cuajinais: *grabs his shirt threateningly* And without pasteurizating. I HATE SOFT DRINKS.
- In the short-lived show Legend, Nicodemus Legend is well-known for never drinking alcohol. But Ernest Pratt, the writer who publishes under the alias of Nicodemus Legend, does not follow this practice. In order to get his liquor without upsetting all the people who know that Legend doesn't drink, he drinks his whiskey from a teacup.
- In the Community episode "Mixology Certification" Troy, to honor his deceased uncle, wants to order a Seven and Seven as his first drink after turning 21, but is convinced by Jeff and Britta not to since that is "a high school drink for girls". In the end, he ends up ordering it anyway, but ends up leaving it on the counter to go take his drunk-off-their-asses friends home.
- In one episode of The Young Ones where they go to the pub, Vyvyan cheerfully orders a Babycham.
- In the Supernatural episode "Swap Meat", one of the first indications that Sam may not be quite himself comes when he orders an enormous sweet, fruity, frosted mixed drink instead of the Winchester brother standard of cheap American lager.
Sam: You know, the sarsaparilla's not bad.
- When the brothers travel back in time to The Wild West, Dean annoys Sam by ordering sarsaparilla for his little brother and a straight whiskey for himself, only to end up gagging on his shot (due to either poor quality or high alcohol content) much to Sam's amusement.
- In Final Fantasy IV, a sidequest sees Cecil having to go to a bar and buy some time by talking with the barmaid. So, he orders a drink. What does newly-reformed soul-full-of-light Cecil order? Milk, of course.
- Final Fantasy Tactics: Milk is Ramza's drink of choice, too, prompting the bartender to comment.
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask has a milk bar. One character is visibly drunk on the final day if you do his part right. Drunk off of milk.
- In Poker Night at the Inventory, the Heavy of Team Fortress 2, among other averted Husky Russkie stereotypes, says that he happens to enjoy a nice peach bellini.
- In Brütal Legend the Heavy Metal loving humans of Ironheade are all beer drinkers. They even have a "Sacred Beer Tree" that naturally produces ice cold lager. Once you get to the Playable Epilogue you can even visit their beach party and enjoy a beer with them.
Eddie: How about when we get to town we have a big pow-wow with your whole army? We'll have a campfire, and I'll tell you all about what I do and where I came from over a big flagon of mead.Ophelia: What's a flagon of mead?Eddie: It's a drink. Aren't we in medieval times?Ophelia: Uhh... we only have beer. But you can have as many kegs as you want.Eddie: TO BLADEHENGE!
- The Flash's Rogues Gallery appears in one episode of Justice League Unlimited, planning a hit on The Flash in a Bad-Guy Bar. After claiming to be, in their own words, "The hardest men in town", their drink orders are immediately revealed to consist of an Arnold Palmer (lemonade iced-tea), a cherry coke, a decaf soy latte, and a glass of milk.
- What makes this funnier is the fact that only the milk is treated as an odd order. Captain Cold feels a need to justify it by saying his ulcer's been acting up.
- In The Super Mario Bros. Super Show episode "Pirates of the Koopa", Mario and Luigi pose as pirates to infiltrate 'Blackbeard' Koopa's hideout. Luigi asks the bartender to "Gimme a milk." At their odd looks, Mario adds, "In a dirty glass!"
- Mr. T is famous for his love of milk, which sets a good example for children.
- Monster has an interesting take on this with the resident Lady Drunk, Eva. After hitting Rock Bottom a number of times, Eva finds a chance at happiness alongside her surly but gold-hearted bodyguard, Martin — who, among other things, inspires her to try to quit drinking. Unfortunately for her though, Martin gets himself killed on her behalf and Eva is once again alone in the world. How does she respond to this? By immediately waltzing into the nearest bar and ordering coffee.
- Kingsman: The Secret Service: Every alcoholic beverage in the film is named down to its vintage. For instance, the Kingsmen toast with an 1815 Napoleonic brandy whenever they lose one of their own. The most memorable is perhaps Eggsy's (taught to him by Harry):
Eggsy: "Martini. Gin, not vodka, obviously. Stirred for 10 seconds while glancing at an unopened bottle of vermouth."
- A successful filmmaker in Four Rooms (played by Quentin Tarrantino) raves about his Cristal for almost 10 minutes of screentime. He shares it generously, but one of his buddies (played by Bruce Willis) drinks something brown in a chaser.
- Chocolate milk!
- In X-Men: First Class, it's subtle, but every time they're in a bar, Charles orders a cola, rather than alcohol, for Mystique, because he doesn't want her "slipping up" and exposing her true form.
- Parodied in the second Naked Gun movie:
Lt. Frank Drebin: Give me the strongest thing you've got.
Waiter: [brings out a bodybuilder]
Drebin: On second thought, how about a black Russian.
Waiter: [looks at camera, shakes head]
- Dracula does not drink... wine.
- Neither do the Igors of Pratchett's Discworld... which is the cue to extract the ubiquitous canteen from its hiding place on your person and offer them a slug.
- Rogue Squadron pilots in the comics have lum as their general drink of choice during off hours; the squadron during the books prefers lomiin-ale. In Isard's Revenge a pilot from the comics lineup temporarily returned to the squadron and was a little shocked when he was told that they'd never drink lum. Whether these are alcoholic or not depends on who you ask.
- Harry Potter students will drink butterbeer, while their professors enjoy Firewhiskey or a Gilly water.
- The composition of butterbeer is up for debate. J. K. Rowling claimed she made it up but described it as probably tasting "a bit like less sickly butterscotch". It is mildly alcoholic, not enough to get humans tipsy but enough to get a house elf drunk. The Harry Potter wiki describes an actual beverage called butterbeer which was documented in a 1588 cookbook from Tudor England containing beer, butter, sugar, eggs, nutmeg and cloves, probably resembling early eggnog; Heston Blumenthal made some to a Tudor-era recipe in 2009, and contrary to his usual portrayal as a "culinary mad scientist", he hardly changed a thing about it, it was so good. Home attempts at Defictionalization tend to revolve around either these old beer recipes, actual butterscotch spirits, or for kid-friendly consumption, cream soda. A soda base is plausible when you consider that old-fashioned sodas got their carbonation from yeast—the same way beer gets its alcohol and fizz, the main difference being time—and do actually contain trace amounts of alcohol. "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" theme park serves its own, secret, soda-like butterbeer formula.
- Butterbeer is favoured by students visiting Hogsmeade, but at Hogwarts proper the most popular drink is pumpkin juice. Less unusual drinks seen in Hogsmeade and its surrounds include tea, coffee, and Madame Rosmerta's oak-matured mead.
- In Prisoner of Azkaban, the trio overhear some of the staff discussing Sirius Black with the Minister. McGonagall has a small gillywater, Hagrid has four flagons of mead (hey, he's half-giant), Flitwick a cherry syrup and soda with an umbrella, and the Minister has redcurrant rum.
- A Song of Ice and Fire:
- Stannis Baratheon is a hard and bitter man, and to reflect this, he drinks plain water with a pinch of salt.
- It probably doesn't hurt that his older brother is a massive alcoholic and he's spent his entire life trying to get out of his shadow.
- Aeron Damphair, a priest of the Drowned God, carries a water skin filled with seawater, which he drinks from.
- Roose Bolton, a health nut, drinks the medicinal wine hippocras.
- And then there's Robert/Robin Arryn's favorite drink. It's his mother's milk. He's far too old to be suckling.
- Stannis Baratheon is a hard and bitter man, and to reflect this, he drinks plain water with a pinch of salt.
- Steve Martin, in his book on writing, uses the following (roughly paraphrased) example to illustrate his point on demonstrating characterization through actions. (Frappe is, like many unfathomable terms, a regional term for what would otherwise be called a milkshake, or it can be a fancy coffee drink. Presumably it means he's considerably less of a threat than you might think.)
[A red guy walks into a bar.]Bartender: What'll you have, red guy?Red guy: I'll have a frappe.
- P. G. Wodehouse's Gussie Fink-Nottle has an addiction to orange juice which he drinks the same way as his friend Bertie Wooster drinks alcohol (whenever he has received bad news to strengthen himself for example).
- A Confederacy of Dunces: Ignatius will have a Dr. Nut (an almond-flavored soft drink produced in New Orleans at the time).
- In Fawlty Towers, Basil Fawlty insults another person's lack of sophistication by saying "they wouldn't know a Bordeaux from a Claret." The joke is, of course, that a claret is a type of dry, dark Bordeaux tailored to British tastes, and so in British wine parlance those two names are synonyms.
- Kenan & Kel: "Who loves orange soda? Kel loves orange soda! Is it true? Mmm-hmmmm! I do, I do, I doo-oo!"
- One episode of The Big Bang Theory had Penny practicing making alcoholic drinks, and got frustrated when Sheldon wouldn't order. When he does...
Sheldon: I'll have a virgin Cuba Libre.Penny: That's rum and Coke, without the rum.Sheldon: Yes.Penny: So, Coke?Sheldon: Could you make it diet?Penny: (Growls) There's a can in the fridge.
- In Kung Fu, Caine, being a Shaolin monk with appropriately simple tastes, usually just asks for plain water when at a bar.
- In Once Upon a Time, The Charming Family's signature drink order is hot chocolate with cinnamon. Snow White, her daughter Emma, and Emma's son Henry all either drink it on-screen or mention that they like it at one point or another.
- Some Star Trek captains have drinks they're always ordering, to the point of the order becoming a Catch-Phrase on the level of "Energize" or "Engage." Picard's got his "tea, earl gray, hot," Sisko's got his Raktajino (Klingon coffee), and Janeway has her "Coffee. Black." (In fact, her coffee addiction becomes a Running Gag sometimes.)
- Blake's 7. In one episode where Travis is supposed to be a tough gunslinger, he walks into a bar and orders a vitazade. Which unfortunately is now an Irish soft drink. Apart from this the usual booze of choice is "adrenaline and soma", implied to be a pick-me-up with the soma to take the edge off.
- John Lee Hooker's Blues song: "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" has said drink order as the chorus.
- Mass Effect:
- Being a classy and intelligent woman, Doctor Chakwas enjoys high-end spirits, particularly Serrice Ice Brandy. You can even obtain some and have a drink with her, reminiscing about the old crew and your adventures in the first installment.
- Shepard seems to favor 'whatever the bartender can throw at me, and keep them coming.' It almost gets them killed when one Jerk Ass batarian bartender poisons Shepard with turian booze. Depending on how you play Shepard, you can pay the bastard back by making him drink it.
- If the player is persistent enough at the bar in the Citadel, the bartender will ramp it up all the way to ryncol, a krogan drink that is insanely toxic. The barkeep warns Shepard that drinking it will make them set off radioactivity alarms for a while. If the player chooses to partake, Shepard (who is already well snockered at this point) passes out and wakes up on the floor of the bar's bathroom.
- In Mass Effect 3, vaguely Scottish engineer Donnelly declares that The Illusive Man's preference for bourbon over scotch is proof that he's evil.
- In Catherine, the protagonist Vincent often spends times drinking in the local watering hole, the Stray Sheep, with his friends. All of them have their own drinks of choice (Orlando and Tobias like beer, while Jonny favours Japanese sake), and you can order your own drinks: beer, sake, whiskey, or rum & cola. All of them offer a Booze-Based Buff, and as a nice touch, you also get some cool trivia on the drinks as well.
- Bar Oasis has several signature drinks, all of them alcohol, and are associated with characters. Boa Noite is for Carla, Caol Ila a la Murakami and Desree is for Desree Mboshi, the titular drink Oasis for Risa, Ile de Re a la Eric for Eric Lang, and Guinness for Sheila.
- As for the gameplay, the game zig-zags this trope. You may have men order June Bugs or women ordering a Black Russian. And it's possible for both to get drunk on Cinderellas (basically, a juice cocktail) and Shirley Temples.
- Barney's girlfriend (a Yoko Ono pastiche) in the Be Sharps episode of The Simpsons orders "A single plum, floating in perfume, served in a man's hat." Moe conveniently has exactly that behind the bar.
- An amusing scene in one episode of Disney's Aladdin: The Series had Mechanicles enter the Bad-Guy Bar and order mint tea. Abis Mal mocks him for it.
- Played with surrealistically in South Park. Officer Barbrady walks into Tweak's dad's coffee joint and orders "the usual", which turns out to be a slap across the face with a cat.
- In Episode 88 of Kaeloo, Quack Quack walks into an Old West Saloon and orders a yogurt drink.