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What're your favorite pre & post dinner drinks? And your late night go-to choices?

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Hi all - I'm looking for a new drink...and figured Chowhounds were the best place for recommendations!

I'd love to hear what your favorites are...mine are currently:
Pre-dinner: Dirty Martini (vodka, I know but I like it and I strongly dislike gin)
Dinner: Wine (usually red, but occasionally a white or rose)
Post-dinner: port, old fashioned, espresso martini
Late night: Guinness or vodka soda
Occasionally: Bloody Mary, Margaritas

What are your favorites? Or any you'd recommend I try (especially if your favorite flavors are similar)?

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  1. I only drink "dessert" in the colder months! In the fall I sometimes like a "white Russian" after diiner or later evening. I also just mix some Godiva chocolate liquer with some fat free half & half. Other times I mix up a variation of a "chocotini". In the dead of winter I like a "snow shoe" with peppermint schnapps, or a warm cognac or brandy.

    I like a spicy bloody mary with brunch...anytime!

    1. Pre: It varies with the weather...vodka gimlet, bourbon Manhattan

      Post: B&B...always tastes great regardless of the weather!

      1. Pre: Champagne, gin martini, Campari and soda

        Post: Port, B and B, Fernet Branca, late harvest/botrytis-type dessert wine

        1. Pre: G&T/V&T, Manhatten or martini depending on how much time/energy I have.
          Whilst cooking: Whatever I just finished drinking.
          Dinner: Wine it it's there. Some sort of gin or vodka if it's not.
          Post: Beer if it's football/hockey season. G&T if not.
          Late night: Bourbon or Irish whiskey on the rocks.

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          1. re: JohnE O

            Before: Champagne or martini...or maybe one of my own concoctions if it's a BBQ
            During: Mainly wine (Shiraz, Merlot, Malbec)
            After: Tawny Port, Scotch or Brandy

          2. Late nite: Christian Brothers brandy on the rocks