The World’s best drinks

Certainly location and context are everything for my examples.
I second Tom on the Negroni but it would have to be served on the terrace of the Quisisana Hotel in Capri around 7.00pm on a May evening.
The next would be the gin and tonic that arrives in the locker room of the R&A, via dumbwaiter, following a summer round on the Old Course.
The final would be the Whisky Mac that arrives in the locker room of the R&A, via dumbwaiter, following a winter round on the Old Course.
Of course none of these are realisable in the near future which just adds to the sense of loss!:mad:;)
 
When travelling in hot, humid countries in the developing world, I develop a craving for old-school Fanta - not the "healthy" yellow-orange version you get here, but the proper fluoro-orange stuff you can now only find in countries that don't much care about your health.
Indeed - Christmas lunch for us in 2018 was a a roadside grill near the winter palace in Chang Mia having walked the monks trail from the city up to the temple at Suthep and it had to be a bright orange fanta to wash it down.

Drinks that give me real pleasure include..

A pint of Shere Drop from an old-fashioned 'jug' glass at the end of a game of cricket.
A gin and tonic, properly prepared to my liking
The first glass of champagne on a special occasion
A really cold glass of lager on a hot day after a swim
A really cold glass of good rose whenever the sun is shining and I can find an excuse
A gimlet after wimps.
Really cold still water.
 
Cask Ale. If it’s well looked after and poured in the right way then it really can be a thing of beauty. Best drunk outdoors in the evening sun. Too many combinations of the above to single one out as being best but if I was pushed...

Several pints of Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker accompanied by some beef dripping Chips whilst sat overlooking Wharfedale at the Craven Arms in Appletreewick would be my choice.

Meanwhile back on planet earth...
 
Hampden 8 Year Old Jamaican Rum is my favourite non wine tipple at the moment. There have been other great bottles of Rum over the years and adding 2 big ice cubes, a frozen lime segment and some suitable coke (Auz Coke Zero or Dutch Diet Coke) makes a Montrachet level drink.
 
When one is truly, truly thirsty there is nothing to touch a great cask beer. I will never forget the Young's special at evening opening time on a warm summer day in 1980 at The Hope in Norwood, simply stunningly irresistible. Five pints slipped down as though nothing in the space of an hour or so and though I did rather fall through the front door when I got home(I'm not at all sure on reflection that my friend should have dropped me off in his motor car) it's an experience I would repeat in a moment if I could.
Would that have been the one just near West Norwood station? Although I must have driven past it hundreds of times I've never actually been in; when my friends were looking for a pint of Youngs we'd go to the Pied Bull in Streatham, which was a bit closer.
A good pint can be a marvellous thing when you have a real thirst - near the end of a long day out on the lakeland fells with friends we came upon a pub; at first it worried us as it was covered in scaffolding, but there was smoke coming out of the chimney, and we settled in for a couple of pints of Reverend James beside a roaring fire (only a couple because we still had nearly an hour's walk to go)...
 
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When travelling in hot, humid countries in the developing world, I develop a craving for old-school Fanta - not the "healthy" yellow-orange version you get here, but the proper fluoro-orange stuff you can now only find in countries that don't much care about your health.
If you want such soft drinks try large Turkish and Indian shops where they stock these extremely sweet and unembarrassedly artificial versions! I am absolutely certain that if one is worried about one's health one wouldn't anyway drink enough of such things for it to be an issue-ten cans a day of diet coke is not a healthy option.
 
My time in South Africa got me hooked on the rock shandy as the ultimate cooler after a round of golf in the summer heat. Ginger beer, soda water and angostura bitters and much ice. Seemed to restore the electrolytes so fast. It is my go to non-alcoholic drink while travelling in SA, especially as the designated driver and just a sip evokes great memories.
 
Cask Ale. If it’s well looked after and poured in the right way then it really can be a thing of beauty. Best drunk outdoors in the evening sun. Too many combinations of the above to single one out as being best but if I was pushed...

Several pints of Timothy Taylor’s Boltmaker accompanied by some beef dripping Chips whilst sat overlooking Wharfedale at the Craven Arms in Appletreewick would be my choice.

Meanwhile back on planet earth...
Don't Uillaim, don't...
 
A Bloody Mary made by the late Colin Brown at The Ibex, Chaddleworth. A pint of Bass served at The White Horse, Parsons Green in the 1990's. Sussex Gold and Langhams Best Bitter from a cold bottle. A good Negroni or properly made G&T.

I'm really looking forward to a decent pint or two, perhaps from Butcombe, drunk in the company of good friends when we finally emerge from the madness that confines us all.
 
It is hard to beat a good Mint Julep prepared with much ceremony.

The best single drink I can immediately recall was a pint of Little Creatures Pale Ale enjoyed at the brewery in Freemantle aged 18, having experienced nothing but watery lagers up to that point!
 
I really like Fanta orange. And Lilt. And let's be honest, a good espresso is hard to beat.

On the alcoholic front, I'm partial to a Negroni (or in fact Campari in almost any format - I love the bitterness) and there are more good beers of all styles than I could possibly name. I love a smokey, peaty Malt Whisky (Laphroaig, Caol Ila, Ardbeg etc) and for a mixed drink good old Rum & Coke or Rum & Ginger (beer not ale) is my choice (doesn't need to be a fancy rum either - just something regular like Havana, Appleton, Mount Gay etc with lots of ice and a wedge of lime)
 
In terms of cocktails, I do love a well made Manhattan.... and as many have said above, a Negroni really kicks things off well.... I am finding myself getting anal about the 3 ingredients (currently Jensens is the go-to gin for me). Vermouth varies.... and I'd be interested is there an alternative to Campari i have not yet discovered???
 
It is hard to beat a good Mint Julep prepared with much ceremony.

The best single drink I can immediately recall was a pint of Little Creatures Pale Ale enjoyed at the brewery in Freemantle aged 18, having experienced nothing but watery lagers up to that point!
I was 20 and living in Perth when the brewery first opened, and it was similarly revelatory for me. Funnily enough, I had a can of LC Pale Ale on the weekend (from Ocado I think) and it was very poor. Something has changed, but whether it is the recipe or the recipient I don't know.
 
Geoff, anything involving hops are remarkably sensitive to temperature and time since brewing - super fresh pale ales taste very different to those even a couple of weeks old. Cloudwater are now using their own cold chain vans to ensure freshness. A month plus from brewing and they really lose their vibrancy. Also certain recipes don’t scale up well.
 
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