What's Hip to Sip

Don we now our gay apparel? Indeed we do! It is the holiday season and we are hitting the parties decked in our finest dapper threads, smelling like a million bucks, and impeccably groomed. You, in particular, are the star of the parties. Your look is fresh and there’s not a celesbian in the world that can top your swagger this season.

Ready. Set. Go. All eyes are on you as you enter a party and approach the bar. The bartender asks for your drink order. You respond “Bay Breeze, please.” Record scratches. Music abruptly ends. A hush falls over the crowd. Ok, ok. What about a margarita? Unless the bartender can shake up a gourmet version that would rival those served at chef Julian Medina’s Toloache, a salty margarita made with cheap sweet and sour mix comes off as being very Cancun spring break. A cosmo, you ask? Even the biggest homebody knows that cosmos are so SJP (Carrie Bradshaw) circa 1998.

What you drink makes just as much a statement about your style as do your clothes. Fashion savvy gents, such as James Bond and the crew of Mad Men, know the importance of possessing a refined drinking style and have mastered the art of debonair imbibing. Here are DapperQ’s holiday cocktail recommendations that will keep your glass filled with potions as polished as your outfit: 

Let’s start out with our sober DapperQ’s. Sober is sexy. Alcohol decreases sexual stamina, so an alcohol-free drink in your hand says “I can go all night!” But, you don’t have to get stuck drinking cranberry juice at holiday festivities simply because you are the designated driver or have made sobriety a way of life. Instead, try:

The Cran Dandy Shandy


  • 2 parts fresh lemonade
  • 1 part white cranberry juice
  • 1 part ginger beer (ginger beer does not contain alcohol)

Pour ingredients on top of the ice in a cocktail glass. Stir well.
And for those who want a little EtOH (recall your organic chemistry classes)…



  • 1 oz Campari
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • club soda
  • lemon twist or orange slice for garnish

Fill an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes. Build with the Campari and vermouth. Top off with club soda. Garnish with the lemon twist or orange slice.

Vesper Martini (from Casino Royale)


  • 3 oz Gordon’s gin
  • 1 oz vodka
  • ½ oz of Lillet Blanc

Shake well with ice and pour into a martini glass. Add a thin slice of lemon peel.

French 75


  • 1 1/2 oz Gin
  • 2 oz Lemon Juice
  • Champagne
  • 2 tsp Superfine Sugar

Mix all ingredients, except champagne, in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a champagne flute (or Collins glass). Top with champagne.



  • 2 oz vodka
  • 5 oz grapefruit juice

Pour vodka and grapefruit juice on top of the ice in a cocktail glass. Stir well.

Mint Julep


  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 8 sprigs of mint
  • 1 tsp of sugar

Put mint and sugar with a dash of water in mixing glass. Add shaved ice and bourbon. Shake until frosted and pour all into rocks glass. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Old Fashioned


  • 2 dashes aromatic bitters
  • ½ tsp sugar dissolved with water and bitters
  • 1½ oz of bourbon
  • 1 cherry
  • 1 orange slice
  • 1 lemon wedge

Fill glass with ice. Add cherry, orange slice, and lemon wedge. Pour in bourbon. Serve in a rocks glass over ice.

San Martin


  • 1½ oz gin
  • 1½ oz sweet vermouth
  • ½ oz yellow chartreuse

Put all ingredients with ice in mixing glass. Shake briskly. Strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon slice.

Tom Collins


  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1½ oz of gin
  • Lemon slices

Mix sugar, gin, and juice over ice in mixing glass. Stir, strain in cocktail glass with ice, and top off with soda water. Garnish with lemon slices.

Vodka Gimlet


  • 1½ oz vodka
  • ¾ oz lime juice
  • 3-4 lime slices

Pour vodka and lime juice into mixing glass. Shake and strain into martini glass. Add 3 to 4 slices of lime.

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  • You know just what to say to the dapperQ’s, don’t ya, Ms. Erb? Love your “voice” including the shout out to us sober gals! More from you, please!

  • I expect to be served the Cran Dandy Shandy by none other than Ms. Erb herself! :)I want more, more, more from you!!

  • juanita!!!!! you’re such a rock star! i can’t wait to see what’s next. love love love ~ the mad korean

  • Love it , love it, love it! Well done Juaniter! Can’t wait to be done with finals and have some of your Greyhound… I always loved greyhounds, as you well know, especially Italian greyhounds 🙂 Hmm… Pour and stir well… stir well…

  • I feel so unsophisticated grasping for vodka cran and margaritas… am I forgiven if they’re frozen?

    I think the time has come for a drink revamp. Perhaps a drink that can’t come out of just one spigot? Ha ha, and it had better be served by the Erb.

  • This is my first time on your site and i will be back to see whats new. I love your cocktail recipes and will try them with my guest during the holidays. I am so happy that there is a hip and cool place to get great information.


  • i love it!!!! I definately need to look cool while drinking!!! cant wait to hear some more tips from you!!!

  • Great drink ideas….actually enjoyed the ‘greyhound’…thank you for sharing your wonderful
    tips! ;;)

  • Thanks for writing this an awesome read. You definitely can lose swag points by ordering a Pink Panties or a Margarita. Can’t wait to read more from you.

  • Wow! Nice….

    I’ve drank Tom Collins’ off and on for the last 20 or so years….apparently, I was “DapperQ” way before I knew….

    @ Angie: Ginger Beer is kick-ass! (I love a good “Dark & Stormy” — Rum and Ginger Beer)


  • Juanita,
    Well done article and glad to see it lead in with non alcoholic drinks. My all-time favorite is The French 75. Looking forward to reading more postings by you.

  • Nice real nice i am going to have to try Cran Dandy Shandy that sounds Yummy. Keep up on the news would love to hear more

  • Love the readings. It was inspiring to get my drink on….lol … keep up the good works!

  • MMMMMM! I love,love,love the fuffy non-spirited drink ideas. Its about time the DD’s get some love…poo poo on the lame-o sprite & coca cola

  • This is excellent, Ms. Epps. I’m a little surprised that I’m most excited to try the non-alcoholic drink you listed.

    I look forward to reading more of your posts.

  • Very well written article, Juanita! You offered such a great assortment of mixed drinks. I’ll have to try some of those mixtures. Keep up the great work with your articles. You’re making such a nice contribution to dapperq!

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