Bartender Laura Lashley of Madam Geneva in New York City swears by the tequila shot as the perfect pre-date shot of courage. "It's quick and it gives you energy and courage."
If you're taking a shot for pre-date courage, save yourself a hangover and splurge for a top-shelf brand. It's potent, but won't go straight to your head. Also, be sure to take your shot well before your date arrives, or at an entirely different bar altogether — there's nothing more disheartening than showing up and seeing your date downing shots at the bar.