We're all familiar with the idiom, "You are what you eat," meaning that if you consume healthy foods, you will be a healthy person. If you've never visualized the phrase, do so now. It's worth the three seconds.
If you think about it though, don't we as a society tend to identify people based on what they drink? Dare I say more often than their food preferences? The rest of this article will explore the stigmas attached to beverages. These opinions are not necessarily my own because I don't believe that it is fair nor completely possible to encapsulate someone via their drink of choice. They are merely observations, which you have the freedom to agree or disagree with.
I consulted a couple of my barista friends for this section. Here is the verdict: sugary, froufrou, more-cream-than-coffee beverages are typically ordered by your basic female college student or the kid you babysit when she wants to feel older.
Cappuccinos/machiattos/cortados mean that you are in the learning process of becoming a coffee aficionado. If you order a drip black coffee, it is evident that you know your stuff. If you order a pourover, you are the ultimate coffee snob.
People in a rush tend to order iced coffee. Baristas appreciate when someone orders a hot drink in a mug and takes the time to take a seat, read a book, and sip slowly.
From what I understand, beer means you are either a resident of the South, a college student, or both. If you drink punch, it's because you are a regular at fraternal gatherings. If you drink fruity beverages (margaritas, daiquiris, piña coladas), you're probably a girl. Wine means you are sociable and want to appear classy, even if it's only a façade. Liquor-drinkers tend to be more hardcore and also potentially alcoholics, more often than not with facial hair.
You strive to be healthy, but you have found a way to make it enjoyable. I commend that. The sad truth is that there is as much sugar in those drinks as there is nutritional value.
You are more than likely a wannabe gym rat. You quite possibly procrastinate chronically, why else would you be you chugging that Red Bull if not to cram for a test?
These are too broad and universal to stereotype. Ergo, if you drink tea or pop, as the Northerners like to call it, you are a human. Congratulations.
You value your life here on this earth.