What are you drinking?

What are you drinking?

What would you like to drink? Used as an offer to buy that drink for the other person. A: "Hey, I haven't seen you around this bar before. What are you drinking?" B: "Oh, no thank you. I'll sort myself out in a bit." The first round is on me—what are you drinking?
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What are you drinking?

 
1. Fig. a phrase inquiring what someone is already drinking so that the person who asks the question can offer another drink of the same thing. Bill: Hi, Tom. Nice to see you. Can I get you something to drink? Tom: Sure. What are you drinking? Bill: Scotch andwater. Waiter: What are you drinking, madam? Sue: It's just soda. No more, thanks. Waiter: Very good.
2. Fig. a phrase inquiring what is being drunk at a particular gathering so that the person asking can request the same drink. (A way of finding out what drinks are available.) Mary: Do you want a drink? Sue: Yes, thanks. Say, that looks good. What are you drinking? Mary: It's just ginger ale. Bill: Can I get you something to drink? Jane: What are you drinking? Bill: I'm having gin and tonic. Jane: I'll have that too, thanks.
See also: what

What would you like to drink?

an offer to prepare or serve a drink. Bill: Come in and sit down. What would you like to drink? Andy: Nothing, thanks. I just need to relax a moment. Waiter: What would you like to drink? Alice: Do you have any grape soda? Waiter: I'll bring you some ginger ale, if that's all right. Alice: Well, okay. I guess.
See also: like, what
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