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20th Century Rider

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Bloody Marys are a rather peculiar drink, at least insomuch as I never see anybody order them yet they're almost always stocked on nearly every US carrier. Or at least they were before the pandemic. These days it's almost impossible to know what is stocked without asking since those details are rarely updated anymore.
Supposedly in the air taste for sweetness is suppressed while umami seems to be enhanced... and so many say the Bloody Mary tastes good at 40,000 feet!
 

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I wish the long distance trains would regularly offer local craft beer.
An excellent suggestion! Once was a frequent beer drinker, but my tastes have changed. I have drunk some local craft beers and do usually enjoy them.

Life is to short not to drink what you like,
Absolutely agree!

I used to drink Crown until they started mixing whiskey with apple and peach liquor
I can't imagine a "fruity" Crown Royal. Not going to buy a bottle (if it is even available in Ohio) to try it either!
 

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Since this thread veered towards discussing our favorite drinks, I wish the long distance trains would regularly offer local craft beer. In the distant past, I have had local DC beer on the Capitol Limited and in 2018, I had a local beer on the Sunset Limited (I think it was from Louisiana).
I don't drink, but I agree. It'd give it more of a premium feel.
 

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Amtrak has those sweet alcoholic drinks because (are you ready?) that's what the millennials want. :)

Actually, I think the popularity of those drinks is an attempt to appeal to the sweet taste of the young to get them more into alcohol especially since the young drink more soft drinks and sweetened non carbonated drinks and less milk than earlier generations. Lots of ads pushing sugars.
 

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Amtrak has those sweet alcoholic drinks because (are you ready?) that's what the millennials want. :)
Unfortunately, I can confirm this. Last year both of my classes organized a Zoom happy hour after exams, and invited me (!) At one point a discussion of favorite drinks started, and most of them featured flavored and sweetened vodka. Of course those are the demographics that orders their espresso with sweet flavorings, too.

They don't think of alcoholic beverages as part of a meal, but more as a snack in and of itself. Whereas, my friends in my age bracket tend to drink exclusively with meals. (When the nursing home allows it, that is. ;))
 

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Of course those are the demographics that orders their espresso with sweet flavorings, too.
If a coffee shop can sell them on the flavor of syrup they don’t need to have good quality coffee! :)

If it’s really good espresso all I want is an Americano, if it’s good espresso I’ll take a little cream, if it’s bad espresso poor in the syrup! Haha.
 

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Amtrak has those sweet alcoholic drinks because (are you ready?) that's what the millennials want. :)

Actually, I think the popularity of those drinks is an attempt to appeal to the sweet taste of the young to get them more into alcohol especially since the young drink more soft drinks and sweetened non carbonated drinks and less milk than earlier generations. Lots of ads pushing sugars.
Actually I think my generation might have started this trend in the 80’s with those dreadful wine coolers. The difference is, you didn’t see so many of those in stores as you do now with all of the hard seltzers and flavored spirits. I once saw bacon vodka and tried to imagine how one would even drink it…maybe in a Bloody Mary?
 

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Actually I think my generation might have started this trend in the 80’s with those dreadful wine coolers. The difference is, you didn’t see so many of those in stores as you do now with all of the hard seltzers and flavored spirits.
You make a good point. As one grows older, if I am any legitimate example, one's tastes for alcohol change. No beer! To quality German and Dutch beer! To quality ( as I considered it) American/Canadian Beer! To CC and sampling other liquors and liqueurs! Now, to wines and preferring a quality New Zealand Sauvigon Blanc! A well made Italian Prosecco is my favorite sparkling type wine.

These new beverages are probably an attempt by the companies that make them to continue this "progression" in recent generations.
 

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You make a good point. As one grows older, if I am any legitimate example, one's tastes for alcohol change. No beer! To quality German and Dutch beer! To quality ( as I considered it) American/Canadian Beer! To CC and sampling other liquors and liqueurs! Now, to wines and preferring a quality New Zealand Sauvigon Blanc! A well made Italian Prosecco is my favorite sparkling type wine.

These new beverages are probably an attempt by the companies that make them to continue this "progression" in recent generations.
My progress has been similar.... Canadian beer in college and law school, then sweet wines like sangria and lambrusco, with my taste for wines getting drier over the years and ending with one of my favorites being New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc as well, preferably Nobilo or anything from Marlborough. Also Greek wines from Santorini called Assyrtiko tie for first place with the Sauvignon Blancs.
 

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What brands and varieties of wine is Amtrak offering now in the dining cars? I know they used to offer Barefoot :( which is like flavored water hopefully they have some real wine now.
 

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I was never into wine and stopped drinking beer when sweet and sour ales took over the market. What I liked about distilled liquor was that it remained relatively consistent and predictable across space and time. For most of my life you could carry your distilled liquor preferences across the globe from cradle to grave but when they started making apple flavored whiskies for the peach schnapps crowd it was clear that hipster fads had finally invaded all facets of drinking.
 

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I was never into wine and stopped drinking beer when sweet and sour ales took over the market. What I liked about distilled liquor was that it remained relatively consistent and predictable across space and time. For most of my life you could carry your distilled liquor preferences across the globe from cradle to grave but when they started making apple flavored whiskies for the peach schnaps crowd it was clear that hipster fads had finally invaded all facets of drinking.
You're not old enough to remember the Flavored Vodka and the terrible Sweet Drinks( Pina Colados,Tequila Sunrise etc etc) and Pop Wines from the 70s Chris!

Trust me, they were terrible, but with "Happy Hours" that pushed them @ 3×1, Free Tuesdays etc.who could resist trying them to the point of Never again!😁🤣
 

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You're not old enough to remember the Flavored Vodka and the terrible Sweet Drinks( Pina Colados,Tequila Sunrise etc etc) and Pop Wines from the 70s Chris! Trust me, they were terrible, but with "Happy Hours" that pushed them @ 3×1, Free Tuesdays etc.who could resist trying them to the point of Never again!😁🤣
The thing about vodka is that unlike most liquors it has no unique flavor to be tainted and 99% of US vodka is made through a chemical industry process instead of traditional maturation. If you can taste anything other than alcohol then something is wrong, so flavoring vodka doesn't really ruin anything for me.
 
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That something about Vodka - 100% Grain Neutral Spirits !
 

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You're not old enough to remember the Flavored Vodka and the terrible Sweet Drinks( Pina Colados,Tequila Sunrise etc etc) and Pop Wines from the 70s Chris!

Trust me, they were terrible, but with "Happy Hours" that pushed them @ 3×1, Free Tuesdays etc.who could resist trying them to the point of Never again!😁🤣
Glad I preferred beer back then, and now too!
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