Q. We're college students new to the bar scene. Every place we visit serves its mixed drinks with a straw. Is re-stirring your drink insulting to the barkeep? Is it proper to remove it once you're done? We've noticed lately that a lot of people, especially women, sip from the straw, but to us it's an annoyance.
-- A.H. and G.H., Ann Arbor, Michigan
A. Relax. Your method is fine; the barkeep doesn't care. We've heard two reasons from women for using the straw: to preserve their lipstick and to pace their alcohol intake. Either way, lucky straw.