Drink Reader Takeover: Tell Troy Patterson which cocktail to order for his birthday.
Tell Troy Patterson Which Cocktail To Order for His Birthday. (Gibson? Manhattan? Negroni?)
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Oct. 26 2012 4:51 PM

Boss Troy Patterson Around

Tell Slate’s drinks columnist which cocktail to order for his birthday.

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Troy Patterson

"Please join me for a birthday drink."

Troy Patterson

Slate TV Critic and Drinks Columnist

I write an occasional column about cocktails, and when I'm fishing around for ideas, I first search the calendar for special occasions. For instance, early May might call for an essay on the Mint Julep or on tequila, which might in turn call for el doctor. In general, the pretext shapes the text. My assignment in this Slate Reader Takeover is to spend some hours on the town in New York City drinking a cocktail of your choice and then report on culinary history and barroom anthropology. But also you need to know the special occasion shaping the text. By coincidence, this article constitutes my birthday party. Jägermeister shots are not an option.

Which classic cocktail should I explore?

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This poll will close at noon on Monday, Oct. 29.

Troy Patterson is Slate’s writer at large and a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine.

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