We recently ran a poll on the Tipsy twitter account asking folks which they preferred: wine and beer or hard liquor. To our surprise, there was an overwhelming majority in favor of the latter type of alcohol, with 66% of the 1,198 respondents voting for hard liquor over wine and beer. To break down why this may be the case, we decided to put together a little list of seven reasons why hard liquor has a leg up on wine and beer.
When you go our drinking what do you usually prefer, hard liquor or beer/wine?
— Tipsy Bartender (@TipsyBartender) March 26, 2018
1. Hard liquor has way less carbs than wine or beer (zero, actually)
Carbs are not always bad, but for people on the keto train or any other super low-carb diet, they’re basically the devil. So if you’re going low carb, hard liquor is your best option: For reference, Sparkpeople notes that the average 5 ounce glass of red or white wine has 2 grams of carbs, and the average glass of draft beer has about 13.2 grams of carbs.
2. Shots of hard liquor will get you tipsy much faster than sipping on wine or beer
Only have about a minute to pre-game before your Uber arrives and need to get a nice tipsy going? Time to do some shots of hard liquor, which will get the job done way faster than wine and/or beer. Unless you can chug like Tom Brady…
3. Mixed drinks using hard liquor allow for way more creativity
OK, we admit this one is subjective, but take a look at our cocktail database, which has literally thousands of different crazy cocktails, all with different aesthetics. While you may get plenty of variability in taste with wine or beer, it definitely seems like you’ll never be able to have as much variability in terms of the way those drinks look.
4. Keeping ABV constant, hard liquor is less filling
According to Live Science, in terms of alcohol content — on average — “12 ounces of beer is about equivalent to 5 ounces of wine and 1.5 ounces of liquor…” So if you’re looking to get your tipsy on without filling up your stomach, there’s no question hard liquor is the way to go.
5. It’s easier to conceal hard liquor versus beer or wine
This point’s a little shady, but damn it, it’s true isn’t it? If you’re sneaking alcohol into a concert or something like that, running a covert tipsy op. is way easier with liquor. If you wanted to sneak beer into a show, you’d need a belt buckle flask the size of an Arrowhead jug, right?
6. Hard liquor cocktails have cooler names
OK, this may seem like kind of a stupid bonus to hard liquor — ’cause it kind of is — but don’t mixed drinks have way cooler names than your run-of-the-mill wine or beer drinks? With mixed drinks you get everything from Sex on the Beach to the White Russian to Alien Brain Hemorrhage. With wine and beer you definitely get the occasional cool name, but we don’t think said names can hold a candle to something like the Flaming Liquid Cocaine shot.
7. Wine and beer go bad much faster than hard liquor after being opened
While wine and beer have shelf lives of anywhere from a month to just a few days after being opened, opened hard liquor can be kept for years, and in some cases, indefinitely if stored properly. That’s a clear advantage for hard liquor, especially for those of us who aren’t especially responsible when it comes to taking care of perishables.
8. We love beer and wine, we’re just playing Devil’s advocate here
Don’t hate us wine and beer lovers, we just saw the poll and had to — in the words of the great Ricky Ricardo — do some splainin’ as to why the numbers were overwhelmingly in favor of hard liquor. But trust us, we still love wine and beer.
So much so that we’ve even linked to a couple of our favorite wine and beer cocktails below. (And by the way, isn’t it great that you can enjoy both simultaneously?!)