A versatile actor with nearly two dozen credits under his belt, Miles Teller has an impressive career at the age of 33. He became a household name in 2014 after his pulse-pounding performance as a jazz drummer in the Oscar-nominated film Whiplash. Later this year, he’ll share the screen with Tom Cruise in the highly anticipated Top Gun sequel, Maverick. The imminent blockbuster could position him as the one of the biggest action stars of the new decade.
While waiting for the delayed December 2020 release (the film’s debut was initially slated for summer), Teller’s been keeping himself busy as co-owner of a Finnish line of RTDs, The Long Drink. The ready-to-drink cocktail is also the country’s national beverage — a refreshing combination of gin, grapefruit, and soda. Teller has been instrumental in carrying the canned spritzer, for the first time, to American markets.
During the coronavirus lockdown, Teller appropriated another one of Finland’s time-honored traditions into his daily routine back in Los Angeles. “Päntsdrunk” is the fine art of drinking at home alone in your underwear. And Teller seems to think the trend might catch on here in the U.S., as well. Although pants certainly remained on during this exclusive interview with VinePair, hats off, at the very least, to this talented actor and beverage alcohol producer.
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1) What’s your desert-island drink?
Desert island drink is a POG [passionfruit, orange, mango] Mai Tai.
2) What do you typically order when you’re out with friends or hanging out at home?
Well, if I’m at home… couple of good bottles of tequila and whiskey, red and white wine, and some beers. Most likely, some lagers, but I try to have some international variety. Favorite drink out with friends depends on the environment, but for me, it doesn’t get better than sitting at a baseball game with my buddies sipping on some cold beers… [like a] Phillies game with some Yuenglings.
3) How have your tastes changed over the years?
I drink more to the occasion now. I have a pretty broad palate, so I can go with the flow.
4) FMK three drinks.
I would F a Long Island Iced Tea because if it’s a one and done, I want the buzz to last. As co-owner, I am basically married to Long Drink, so that’s an easy one. I’m killing Mojitos…worst hangover of my life.
5) What’s your favorite drinking destination, and why?
I love a good bar with outdoor music. Growing up, my friends and I spent many vacations down in Key West, and for a group of lads in their early 20s, I couldn’t think of a better spot to have a few cold ones.
6) What’s the best and worst bottle in your fridge right now?
7) What do you drink when no one else is looking?
I had some rosé the other day with my wife.