You ever go to a bar and want to order a drink a certain way, but didn’t know the terms to use? It’s cool! we got you covered! The following are a few basic glossary terms that will have you ordering at the par like a pro in no time!
The basic terms:
NEAT: Your choice of alcohol at room temperature without ice or any type of mix.
STRAIGHT UP ( or just up): liquor or cocktails served without ice, but unlike a drink that is neat, straight up drinks are usually chilled by either shaking or stirring before serving.
ON THE ROCKS: Your choice of alcohol over ice
MIST: Your choice of alcohol over crushed ice.
WELL DRINKS: The cheap liquor kept in the well which are used unless a certain brand is asked for.
MIXER: Non alcoholic ingredient such as juice or soda mixed in with the alcohol
CHASER: A drink that is taken right after another one. Usually is a weaker alcohol such as a beer.
A SHOT: Usually made of pure alcohol. Maybe one type or a mixture of a few different kinds of alcohol. Usually drank in one gulp or shot.
SHOOTER: These are strong drinks served in a shot glass. Can include a mix of non alcoholic ingredients.
A SOUR: Normally a whiskey drink, but can be other types of liquor as well. It is your choice of alcohol, sugar, and lime or lemon juice.
A TODDY: Drink that is mixed with a hot beverage usually water, tea, or coffee.
Twist: Thin slice of citrus peel that is twisted onto the drink to give it a light flavor.
Dirty: Just means they add olive brine to your martini.