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The 9 best casino gambling drinks
Drinks and gambling are great on their own, but pair together so well that it often seems they were made for one another. Check out our top 9 casino drinks!
It doesn’t matter if you’re playing in the cushy rooms off the casino floor or on your couch in your studio apartment – baccarat demands you look and act the part. So while you may not be wearing pants, you can bet your sweet bippy that you’re wearing at least a bowtie, which, as everyone knows, is the most important part of a tuxedo. And the whole thing wouldn’t be complete without a dry martini – shaken, not stirred, James Bond-style.
Recipe: Shake 2/3 oz. of gin and 1/3 oz. vermouth with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a martini glass and add one olive. Give yourself a pat on the back – James Bond would approve.
You’re playing blackjack because it’s not quite as sophisticated as baccarat but is still considered classier than poker. You skimmed a book on how to beat the dealer on the Internet, so you have a general grasp of the game and think you could win a few bucks if you really pay attention. Gin and tonics are the choice drink – they’re not as elegant as martinis, but you need the tonic to make drinking gin enjoyable.
Recipe: Pour 2 oz. of gin and 5 oz. of tonic water into a glass almost filled with ice. Stir well and add a lime garnish. Finger sandwiches not included.
Playing poker successfully requires skill, and you’re here to practice so you can qualify for next year’s World Series of Poker – in other words, you’re not here to mess around. Getting drunk off whatever cocktail the waitresses are carrying around won’t fly. Whiskey alone is strong enough to sip on for a while, unlike the whiskey sours your tablemate is sucking down – those go down quick, just like his pile of chips.
Recipe: Pour your choice of whiskey into an empty highball glass. Don’t add a single thing except that single malt. Ta-da!
You entered the casino tonight with plans to park yourself at the bar and pound through a whole keg of Miller Lite by yourself. Honestly, you might as well do something while you drink, and the video poker screens are built right into the top of the bar. Better for you – you don’t plan on leaving this bar stool until the tap runs dry.
Game: Video Poker
Recipe: Oh, boy. Unless you’re looking for a recipe on how to brew beer, I think you know how this one works.
You love easy excitement and much like this table game, you’re not really sure what the Long Island iced tea is all about. All you know is that both roulette and your cocktail are fun and easy to roll with. They’re both great in the moment; who cares how you’ll feel physically and about your bank account tomorrow morning?
Recipe: Mix equal parts vodka, tequila, rum, and gin in an ice-filled glass with 1 ½ parts sweet and sour mix and a splash of Coca-Cola. Pour the mixture into a cocktail shaker and shake once. Pour back into the glass, and garnish with a lemon. Keep all the alcohol out on the counter – you’re going to make another one in a few minutes, anyway
This whole gambling thing isn’t really serious for you. You enjoy slow, steady, and low-stakes – steady enough to keep the casino drinks coming and slow enough to enjoy them. There’s nothing better for you than picking the numbers and relaxing while the tequila works its magic. The only way this could be better is if you were on a beach in Cancun, but this will work for now.
Recipe: Line the rim of a cocktail glass with lime juice and dip in salt. Shake 1 ½ oz. tequila, ½ oz. triple sec, and 1 oz. lime juice with ice, strain into the glass, and enjoy.
Honestly, it doesn’t matter if it’s straight vodka or something like a buttery nipple – it needs to go down before the next roll of the dice.
Recipe: For a buttery nipple, pour 1 oz. DeKuyper® Buttershots liqueur into a cold shot glass. Carefully pour ½ oz. Irish cream so the cream floats on top. Tip it back in a quarter of the time it took you to pour.
You’re here with your girlfriends Bev and Dottie, and you’ll all admit that you’re kind of old. Not that old, since you’re playing bingo for money instead of for kicks at the retirement home, but you still won’t tolerate the hard alcohol like the young folks do. Don’t worry – like a fine wine, you and your gals have only grown better with age.
Recipe: Like beer, this one’s a no-brainer. If you want to mix it up a little, try a Chowning’s Tavern Wine Cooler – the perfect casino drink while you play online bingo on the back porch.
You’ve been here all night – it’s high time for breakfast! A really good Bloody Mary includes about fifty snacks that double as garnishes, which will fuel your ongoing slots binge that’s kept you up all night and into today’s first happy hour. The fact that breakfast includes vodka is just a bonus.
Recipe: Mix 1 oz. vodka, 3 oz. tomato juice, ½ oz. lemon juice, a pinch of salt and pepper, a dash of Worcestershire sauce, and desired amount of hot sauce in a mixing glass. Pour mixture back and forth between two mixing glasses and strain over ice. Garnish with all the goodies – bacon, celery, cheese, cocktail onions, salami, Gherkins – anything salty and delicious that can be stuck on a toothpick is perfect.
Okay, so now you’ve got your game and your casino drink. You’re not passing laws, you’re having fun. But that said, it’s still good to keep in mind, across the states and around the world, the laws regulating the consumption of booze are likely to make you as bleary blurry as the booze itself. Here is a list of some of the stranger laws regarding alcohol consumption to keep in mind when you feel like a tipple.