The 7 Best Drinks for Pre-gaming Your Interview
Jul 20, 2014

Intern season is in full force, filling the halls of your office with bushy tailed brown-nosers, spectacled khaki wearers, and more Joseph A Banks suits than an Algerian thrift store. We have all been there, hung-over from the three weeks since summer started, and excited to be in the “real world.” These interns will soon learn the hard way that work sucks, I know.

Looking back on that time there is one VITAL piece of advice that no well intentioned parent, over involved professor, or gainfully employed friend ever gave me: how to successfully pregame your interview.

Let’s start with the basics. At the painfully undersized Haverford College where I spent four years, I saw booze turn the biggest bookworm into Dennis Rodman on a day trip to North Korea. While a blacked out trip to company HQ might not be your best bet, here are the seven best drinks to relax your mind and ease the edge off that final round interview.

Or just take a Xanax and avoid the first question of your interview being, “is that alcohol on your breath?”

1. Harvey Wallbanger. Invented in 1952 by three time world champion mixologist Donato 'The Duke' Antone, the Harvey Wallbanger, this strong flavored beverage might be your first introduction Galliano.

  • 3 parts Vodka 
  • 1 part Galliano 
  • 6 parts fresh orange juice

2. Caipirinha. Brazil's most popular and potent cocktail, with nothing but hard liquor and garnishes, it is affectionately known to the locals as liquid crank.

  • A lot of Cachaça (rum)
  • Half a lime cut into 4 wedges
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

3. Cement Mixer. Keep both your stomach and future employer guessing with this trick shot. Be quick about it, if you wait too long it will congeal!

  • 1 part Baileys Irish Cream
  • 1 part lime juice

4. Single shot of Tequila: lick, salt, shoot, lime. Now its interview time.

5. Mudslide. If you like desert before dinner you've come to the right place, just make sure you wipe off the whipped cream before you walk in.

  • 1 part Vodka
  • 1 part Kahlua
  • 1 part Baileys Irish Cream
  • 1 part milk
  • 1 part ice
  • 1 part whipped cream and espresso beans

6. Dark 'N' Stormy. Rock the boat with this delicious cocktail.

  • 1 part Gosling's Black Seal Rum
  • 2 parts Gosling's ginger beer

7. Appletini Mocktail. For those who use condoms and wear dress shoes without socks.

  • 5 parts freshly pressed apple juice
  • 2 parts  simple syrup 
  • 1 part lemon juice
  • Sugar for rimming
  • Apple slice for garnish

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