Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Drink Terminology

“Neat” – The drink is pour and served at room temperature with no ice and no dilution from water (i.e. not shaken, not stirred, not chilled), in a short glass. If it is a delicate sort of spirit like Cognac or a very well aged rum it should be served in a special glass such as a brandy snifter.

“On the rocks” – Simply served over ice in a short glass.

“Up” or “Straight Up” – Almost always refers to a Martini or Manhattan but “up” simply means the drink is either shaken or stirred and served cold WITHOUT ice. For example a “Ketel Up” is a standard Ketel One Vodka Martini, served in a cocktail glass with no ice and an olive (all Martinis will be garnished with an olive unless specified otherwise, i.e “Ketel up with a twist”).

“Over” – As with the order “up”, “over” means the drink is either shaken or stirred but served OVER ice in a short glass. Example is a “Gin Martini, over.”

“_____ Back” – Means they want an additional glass on the side of either water or coke or sprite or pineapple juice or anything else. It’s a chaser for their drink. If a guest asks for a “Whiskey and Water”, that is not the same as a “Whiskey and Water Back”. If you are not sure what your guest is asking, ask for clarification.

“Press” – A drink that is mixed with equal parts Soda water and Sprite/7-Up (i.e. a “Grey Goose Press”).

“Bruised” – To shake a drink rather than stir.

“With a Twist” – Garnished with a twist of citrus peel (usually lemon, some guests prefer lime though).

“Chilled” – Usually refers to a shot that is kept chilled or has been shaken with ice in order to chill it down before the person consumes it.

“Toddy” – A hot drink. The guest may just say “a hot toddy” which most bartenders will default to whisky. The guest could also say “a rum toddy” or “a smoky scotch toddy.”

“Dry” – Refers to the amount of vermouth used in a Martini or sometimes Manhattan. When a guest requests a Martini to be dry, they are asking for LESS vermouth, not more.

“Wet” – The opposite of “Dry”, use more dry vermouth.

"Burnt" - The guest would like a small dash of smoky scotch added to their martini.

"Gibson" - Garnish the martini with a pickled/cocktail onion rather than an olive.

“Dirty” – Add olive juice to a Martini to make it “dirty”

“Filthy” – Add A LOT of olive juice!

“Perfect” – Again refers to Martinis and Manhattans. “Perfect” means to use equal amounts of Dry and Sweet vermouth in the cocktail.

For more info on styles of cocktails see Styles of Classic Cocktails.

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