If you're not already hunkered down in your hometown for a lot of festive family time, you're likely steeling yourself for the massive transit clusterfuck that awaits. Our advice if you're in the latter boat: Drink, but no so much that you can't navigate the eighth circle of hell that is Penn Station during the holidays or figure out a gate change when your flight is, inevitably, delayed. You'll likely find yourself in a mediocre airport (or train station) bar to accomplish that nerve-soothing pre-gaming, and once you're home, your bar choices might be limited to the types of joints that pour mass-produced beer, crappy sour apple martinis, or highballs with plastic jug whiskey (but hey, you still need a cocktail, because families are stressful). So here is our early Christmas present to you: A guide to hacking the bar -- any bar -- and drinking well, even when your boozy pickings are slim.
StuartWebster via Flickr Pink gin: A good low-faith order in a bad bar.