I know there are better ways of writing this sentence that would make it much easier to understand, however, is there a correct answer to whether or not to use "was" versus "were" in this particular example sentence?
"The total drinks that I consumed during the night was seven."
"The total drinks that I consumed during the night were seven."
I want to say that "was" sounds more natural to me (for whatever possibly illiterate reason), however, if "drinks" is the subject, it seems like it should be "were". Of course, I could reword it to "The total number of drinks that I consumed during the night was seven." But I guess my question is, will the example sentence above work at all, and if so, which word (was or were) would work best under that circumstance?