When you’re enjoying a cocktail with friends, that last thing you’re thinking about is the way you’re drinking it.
But according to body language expert Judi James, your technique (who even knew we had one?!) can actually say a lot about you.
Focusing on the porn star martini – which is made with Absolut Vanilla, pineapple, passion fruit pulp and puree and was the nation’s favourite cocktail in 2017 – Judi explains exactly what signals we’re giving off on our nights out…
The Splash Drinker
When drinking a cocktail such as a porn star martini, the splash drinker will immediately add their shot of prosecco into the drink. ‘The splash drinker will have very practical, down-to-earth body-language,’ says Judi. ‘They’ll be no-nonsense and first to the dance floor.
‘With them, what-you-see-is-what-you-get, they don’t mess around and won’t think twice about adding the shot to their cocktail to carry on dancing the night away. You’ll have no trouble spotting them as they’ll be the first on the dance floor.’
The Squeeze Drinker
This drinker will squeeze their slice of fruit into the drink. This defines themselves as tactile and hands-on – they are creative and crave attention.
‘They can be a bit of a performer in life generally, happily taking centre stage at social events and parties and encouraging others to enjoy themselves too.’
The Share Drinker
‘Some cocktail drinkers just love to share their pleasure with others, not only enjoying their cocktail but handing it round so everyone can take a sip; they are a generous, happy-go-lucky giver,’ says Judi.
‘They would tend to beam as they perform their act of generosity and then perform a strong bonding ritual that makes others instantly warm to them. You’ll most likely find them in the middle of the party.’
The Shot Clinker
The shot-clinker drinker is highly sociable, with a strong work-hard play-hard ethic; they know what they want and that’s to be social. They will be the centre of attention without realising it, and first to get the party started.
‘They enjoy pack-partying, out in a group and often selecting the shot ritual of clinking glasses to intensify the fun via group or team shared activity. Synchronised rituals like this aid social bonding, meaning this person is probably pretty much the life and soul of the party.’
The Snap Drinker
‘The snap drinker is the “social media star” of the group,’ explains Judi. ‘They will instantly stop and move to snap and share their cocktail on social media. This is revealing their love of sharing the moment with their followers. For any snap drinker it’s always Instagram first, drink second.’
The Savour Drinker
‘The savouring technique suggests someone tuned into all their senses and able to enhance their pleasure in every way possible; they are the sophisticated taste lover.
‘A clever and indulgent pleasure-seeker, the savour drinker is sophisticated and smart. Their body language doesn’t always define them as too cool for school as they are happy savouring their drink and letting everyone know just how much they’re enjoying it.’
The Sip Drinker
The strategic pleasure-seeker. The sipper might look like they are just taking their time but in fact they are the ultimate pleasure-seeker, someone smart and strategic who works at getting the best out of every situation.
They know that the best things come to those who wait, and are happy to draw out their favourite cocktail. They take care over their movements.