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The NC Double Shot: Final Pour

Submitted by on June 20, 2011 – 8:01 AM36 Comments

5 Cape Cod vs. 1 Gin and Tonic. What will it come down to in this vote? Can the Cape Cod, reminiscent of summer but still perfect for a night at the club, best the narrower seasonal focus of the G 'n' T, whose nearly exclusive province is sunset in July? Does it matter that the CC lets you feel almost healthful, what with the UTI-fighting cranberry and the Vitamin C in the lime? Will fans of Cape Cod the place get behind Cape Cod the drink?

Doesn't matter. This one's about which clear booze you hate less, vodka or gin. I don't hate either, but my sometimes fraught relationship with Russia's finest means I've got to vote Gin and Tonic. Alas, I sense from the comments that I'll be in the minority. The pride of North Eastham wins this round. — Sarah D. Bunting

5 Cape Cod vs. 1 Gin and Tonic

  • Gin and Tonic (51%, 451 Votes)
  • Cape Cod (49%, 437 Votes)

Total Voters: 888

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10 Margarita vs. 2 Sangria. Seven things you should know about these two cocktails:

  1. One is Mexican and one is Spanish.
  2. Don't assume that because Spanish is spoken in both places that you can simply swap a tequila-based cocktail for a wine-based punch. That's like going to a Paris bistro and ordering poutine.
  3. Not only are Mexico and Spain two different countries, but they are also on two different continents! Wild, I know.
  4. It is not generally recommended to order a Margarita at a tapas restaurant, and then proceed to get shirty when the bartender tries to politely tell you they don't make them there.
  5. If you find a worm in your Margarita, you will most likely become possessed and then vomit the worm back up, only to realize it wasn't a worm but actually the creepy pastor stalking your family who won't stop singing stupid hymns. If you find worm in your Sangria, you should send it back.
  6. Red wine hangovers are pretty lousy, but tequila ones are worse.
  7. No one wrote a song called "Sangriaville," so I'm calling this for Margarita. — Keckler

10 Margarita vs. 2 Sangria

  • Margarita (61%, 528 Votes)
  • Sangria (39%, 340 Votes)

Total Voters: 868

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  • Michael E says:

    And the winner is… the one with lime! Truly, this is a fine day for all citrus.

    Also, I would rather stave off malaria than a UTI, so Gin and Tonic for the win.

  • Rain says:

    The NC Double Shot has had me ordering sangria at every opportunity, but I fear it won't win.

  • jennie says:

    I can't believe you're making me pick between sangria and margaritas. The horror.

  • kategm says:

    Even though vodka frequently puts me to sleep (thus negating its effectiveness as a "Big Night Out" drink), and even though I recently discovered that gin and tonics are awesome, I'm still voting for a good old cranberry and vodka over gin-and-tonic. My grandfather would be proud. Then he'd pour himself another shot of vodka, stumble home, and fall into the broom closet at 2 a.m.

  • avis says:

    I vote for a margarita/sangria tie!

  • pomme de terre says:

    The epically bad G&T I had last night almost made me vote against my fav mixed drink. But then I couldn't even remember the last time I'd had a Cape Cod/vokda-cran type drink, so I stuck with the No. 1 seed.

  • Jeanne says:

    But…I love sangria and margaritas! What to do…

    In re: the other bracket, down with g&t! Cape Cod for the win!

  • Juju says:

    Both gin and tequila are vile :P Easy votes for me.

  • MizShrew says:

    I was ambivalent about the Margarita/Sangria match-up until you mentioned the horrible Jimmy Buffet tune. That swung me to vote for Sangria.

    I'm also a fan of gin, and while I like a Cape Cod, I'm rooting for a surprise G & T upset!

  • ct says:

    Seeing the word "shirty" just made my day. So underused!

  • Janie says:

    ::tries to ensure a Cape Cod win through sheer force of will::

  • Sarah D. Bunting says:

    I could live without ever having a margarita again. I like them a lot, but I could live without them. If I had to live without white-wine sangria, I would need long-term grief counseling.

  • Johanna says:

    You know you've had a good time when… you wake up and find a soda bottle filled with very strong G&T in your handbag (and the hangover of the century, of course). This happened after a work-related event, of all times.

    GT was the signature drink for me and my former workmates (we used to party together quite often), and I voted GT all the way purely for nostalgic reasons. Sad to see it losing.

  • Judy says:

    OMG. Point number 5 is the EXACT REASON I did not have my first tequila shot until my 35th birthday (2 weeks ago, actually). No one else I know remembers that scene, but I was about 10 when I saw it, and it made an impression!

  • I beg to differ. A gin and tonic, made with good gin and decent tonic water, is a brilliant drink for all seasons. It is, as far as I can tell from my numerous visits, the official non-malt cocktail of Edinburgh, even in darkest, chilliest winter; and, believe me, the Scots know a thing or two about alcohol.

    Note: GOOD gin and DECENT tonic water. This is key.

  • Anti-Leah says:

    Boooooo! Come on G&T, you can do it! Down with vodka!

    And I just can't condone fruit in my wine. I just can't do it.

  • Sarah D. Bunting says:

    But it's made from grapes! C'mahhhhhhn!

  • Erin in SLC says:

    Voted margarita, but already bitter about it since SOMEONE thought it would be funny to barf up a few of same in FOUR DIFFERENT ROOMS of my house last night.

    I had seen cats engage in ambulatory indoor puking, but a grown man?!

    …Sorry, 'Rita. I don't care who you meet in the finals; it'll be my new favorite drink.

  • Katharine says:

    I would like to give a shoutout to Douglas Adams (RIP) in the gin-and-tonic corner.

  • Keckler says:

    Gin and Tonics cure malaria AND menstrual cramps. All cranberry juice does is fix up a piddle UTI.

    Just saying.

  • Keckler says:

    Um, I meant "piddly" but I'll go with "piddle." Heh.

  • emmarmot says:

    Discovering Good gin had me eschewing tonic for soda water and a squeeze of lime – so good! Until I had my friend's homemade tonic with gin, and now I know what perfection is like. G&T forever!

  • Mimi says:

    My favorite Mexican restaurant in Atlanta (where I no longer live, alas) does a thing called a Swirl: frozen margarita and frozen sangria swirled together. It is the Best Thing Ever, which makes deciding between the two of them so much harder.

  • Jessi in GA says:

    @Mimi: OMG, that Swirl sounds awesome! What's the restaurant? I'm near Atlanta and I'd love to try it!

  • pomme de terre says:

    @Keckler — G&Ts cure cramps?!

  • Tarn says:

    Two of my three go-to well drinks (whiskey soda, we hardly knew ye), facing off! Killing! Me!

    Tequila is evil and makes me do…things. Margaritas are complicit and shall go down! (They won't go down, but they should.)

  • Mimi says:

    @ Jessi in GA: Uncle Julio's! Yes, it's a chain, but the food's pretty decent, and the Swirls are divine. It's right off the Connector, too, so it's easy to get to.

  • MizShrew says:

    It might be apocryphal, but I read that Bea Arthur was a gin drinker. At any rate, I saw a video where someone was talking about the gin and tonics she made for him and another colleague.

    Come on, you don't want to vote against one of The Golden Girls, do you? Vote G & T!

  • meltina says:

    I'm with Sars. A world without Sangria is something I could never live with.

    When I was pregnant and couldn't have alcohol, there were only 2 drinks I really wanted: white wine sangria and plum wine. I could easily live without any other drinks, but it was always sad not to have either of those two when dining out and the opportunity would have arisen. :(

  • Keckler says:

    @pomme de terre: Yes! I don't know if it's the quinine in the tonic or the juniper in the gin, but something in the mix of it all acts as a muscle relaxant.

    @MizShrew: I always loved the stories of how the late Queen Mum really enjoyed her daily gin and tonic(s).

  • Come on, y'all! You can't vote against Dorothy Zbornak AND the Queen Mum, God rest their souls! G&T FTW!

  • Lindsay says:

    Come ooooooon G&T!

  • Keckler says:

    Wow, are we going to have a run-off? (A pour-off?)

  • Leigh in CO says:

    I was just talking about the swirls at Uncle Julio's the other day…I moved away from Texas many moons ago, but those cocktails are a memory forever. Do they still have the Taco Party for Two?

    I am making the sangria recipe Kecker posted. I have a feeling it will make me regret my margarita vote when I am imbibing by the pool listening to Rox/Yanks tomorrow afternoon….

  • Keckler says:

    Variations on the sangria recipe include the white wine one, as Bunting has talked about, and using champagne (don't add until the last minute) with grapes instead of oranges.

  • Brigid says:

    Interesting how there seems to be 20 extra votes in the first category. I think peoples are bypassing the one vote protections. What is this? American Idol? :-)

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