Hope is subversive, for it limits the grandiose pretensions of the present by calling into existence the possibility of something better.
"Straight" or "straight up" usually refers to a mixed drink of some sort that is chilled but served without ice. My use of "Bourbon, straight," was meant as a play on Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, but with the "straight talk" double meaning.
"Whiskey in a glass" is more reliably ordered as "neat." If that order produces a blank look, I say, "just whiskey in a glass."
Does a "shot of whiskey" imply anything other that neat?
"Some people were born on third base and think they hit a triple"
"Drinking when we are not thirsty and making love at all seasons… that is all there is to distinguish us from other animals."
Not that there's anything wrong with that.