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Best Drink of 2008: Pretty Much Everything

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What happens when you mix one part “subjective survey question” with one part “unlimited answers”? Well, you end up no real clear winner in our category of Best Drink of 2008. Although one thing is for sure… people in Columbus sure do like to drink.

In 2006, Forbes ranked Columbus as the Third Drunkest City in America, but they don’t seem to have published an updated list in subsequent years. Probably not the type of attention most cities are looking to brag about.

While both “water” and “beer” stood above the rest of the answers, we thought it would be more fun to provide a detailed look at what people in Columbus were drinking in 2008 instead.

In no particular order: Cocktail menu at Details, Brooklyn Brown, “The Sweet Pickle” – Guinness with a heavy shot of coffee flavored vodka (at the Tree House), Makers Mark Manhattan, Rain water, Mojitos, Planet Smoothie Big Bang, Elevator Imperial IPA, Jameson neat, 7-up – crisp and clean with no caffeine, Bell’s Amber, Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea from Fantasia, Pomegranate Martinis, Lemon Frost from Mitchell’s, Dirty Burn (Barrel 44), 7 & 7, Absolut and Redbull, Grey Goose Grapefruit, Cranberry & Cherry Flavored Vodka on the rocks, Iced water, Nida’s Bangkok Buckeye, Water (congratulations water, for being named “drink of the year” for an unprecedented 5000th time!), Absinthe, Chardonay , Strawberry Cheescake at Black Olive, Oktoberfest Beer, Christmas Ale, Barley’s Barley Wine, Brandy Alexander, Maker’s Mark Old Fashion, Bells Two Hearted Ale, Backwoods Bastard Ale, Guinness at Brazenhead, Lavender Gimlet, Satan’s Little Helper at Surly Girl, Slurpees from that 7-11 at 10th & High, Dirty Belvedere Martini w/ Bleu Cheese Stuffed Olives, Skybust at Tip Top Kitchen & Cocktails, Isaan Spritzer at Nida’s , Bulliet bourbon with a splash of Vernor’s Ginger Ale, PBR, Jim Beam, Strawberry Basil Martini at MoJoe on the Cap, Green Tea, Jack Daniels, Electric Lemonade, Corpse Reviver, Betty Ford, Red Wine at the Burgundy Room, Blushing Bride at MoJoe Lounge on the Cap, Celtic Grog from North Market, Rock Star Martini at Martini Park, Atwater: Vanilla Java Porter, Pepsi, American Ale, Char Bar Long Islands, Kettle One, McLenny’s Socttish Ale at Barley’s, Irish Whiskey, The Muse at Eleven, Whatever that thing was that Chris Dillman created at Rosendale’s, Hearty Apple Smoothie from Smoothie King, Strawberry Fields Martini at Bristol, Dark & Stormy @ Rigsbys, Bodega’s Hot Apple Cider w/Vanilla Rum, Elevator Beer, Arrogant Bastard Ale at Bodega, Scotch, Pyrat Rum, Pineapple, Gingerale at Surly Girl, Flytown Pick-Me Up at Tip Top, Bloody Mary at Mojoe Lounge, Diet Coke, Lauren’s Margarita Machine, Bud Light, Peach vodka with ice tea, Rootbeer vodka with rootbeer, Basil Grapefruit Martini at Columbus Fish Market, Crown and coke, and Black Russians.

Was there anything we missed? Here’s to 2009!

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