Written by: The King of the bucket (Iannick from Piknic) and his assistant, Maud La Rue
Rule #1 – Choose your bucket well
Once you’ve decided to drink out of a bucket, matters don’t just fall into place so easily. Oh no! The first choices you make are going to influence the rest of your story. Lemonade or sangria? Gold rum or tequila? Red, blue, or yellow bucket? You have so many options to personalize your bucket by dressing it up. Here, there are no set rules. We suggest you go with your gut feeling at that moment, so long as you don’t write off these decisions that could affect your bucket enjoyment down the line.
Rule #2 – Carrying the bucket
The bucket ought to be easy enough to carry. You have to be able to hold it in front of you with your arms bent, all while walking. This is important to avoid injury. It’s best to hold the bucket from the underneath and not from the top. Finally, make sure the Piknic logo is plainly visible to the crowd. It’s all a question of look and comfort. If in doubt, take a look at the photo.
Rule #3 – Drinking from the bucket
Vigorously stir the happy mix contained in the bucket so that all flavours come through equally. The mix of flavours is incredibly important. To do this, grab a plastic serving spoon, from hereon called the STRAW, and set into motion a counter-clockwise whirlpool. You can also try a figure eight motion, which is riskier.
Once this step is realized, it’s imperative to test the quality of your concoction using an objective third party. We can’t stress enough the involvement, at this crucial stage, of an unemotionally engaged taster to minimize the risk of white lies from first sip. All this is in your best interest.
Rule #4 – Bucket attitude
ALWAYS and I mean ALWAYS share the bucket with your Piknic neighbours or friends. Keep your STRAW handy to ensure that the flavour distribution is the same for you as for everyone else, and make sure that your bucket is accessibly drinkable from all sides.
Note: Your STRAW can also become a handy drinking spoon! Careful not to get any drinkables in your eyes.
Rule #5 – The bucket’s notable risks
Don’t think you’re home free now that you’re drinking out of a bucket. Taking on this joy of life assumes certain responsibilities. In the case of lemonade, it’s important to slow down on the drinking, unless you want the acidity to peel away the enamel of your teeth and lead to cavities during your next dentist’s visit ($$). Here, we’re promoting regular but controlled drinking. But we know you, dear Piknicers, and your moderation has always been exemplary. In the case of sangria, don’t forget that red wine can quickly become a headache should it spill or splash on your white clothes. Think about it!
Finally, no matter what you drink, drink responsibly. #YOLO, y’know?
(We’ll leave you here to count all the time we wrote bucket in this bucket guide to explain how to drink your bucket.)