How Is Your Bar Knowledge?
Anybody who went to college knows what a “shot” is, and has probably had more than their share of them. Gracious Girls, those days are long gone and it’s time to “up” your sophistication points. Knowing how to order a drink is one sure way to do that. Learn what to expect when you order your drink “shaken, not stirred.”
“Shots are a great way to start a night, and the most definitive way to end one.”
D.C. bartender, Dave Lanzalone
James Bond is the standard bearer for sophisticated bar knowledge. You don’t need an English accent and a perfectly cut tuxedo to order a drink in true Bond style; all you need is to learn a few terms! Let’s learn what we need to know to order drinks like a real Jane Bond.
HERE’S EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW TO ORDER A DRINK LIKE A REAL BOND!
Shaken not Stirred
Why would you care if your drink is shaken or stirred? Isn’t the objective of both to get the drink cold? Well there is a difference. When you shake a drink, small bits of ice break off and will be in your drink. While it keeps it cold longer, it will water down the drink. When a drink is stirred, the ice does not break off. The drink still gets cold, but it is less diluted.
When you want your drink room temperature with no ice, order it “neat.” Your bartender will pour it straight from the bottle into your glass. This is usually reserved for spirits of good quality – and girls who know how to handle their liquor!
Straight or Up
When you order a drink “straight” or “up,” it is usually chilled with ice, then strained before it is poured into a glass. This, too, is a drink to order when you are wearing your big girl panties…
On the Rocks
In bartender lingo, rocks are ice. When you order a drink “on the rocks,” you will get it with ice cubes in it. This is where most of us join in…just a little dilution goes a long way…
Well, Call and Premium/Top Shelf Drinks
This is where we separate the grown ups from the college kids….
This is the cheapest option in the class of drink that you are ordering. It simply means that you have no preference for the brand of liquor; just give you the cheapest. It also means that you have no respect for your body or well-being because it is sure to make you sick. The rum and cokes that you drank in college were made with well liquor. Unlike your college days, you gotta be up and at work tomorrow. Now that you can, do better!
When ordering a call drink, you tell the bartender what type of liquor you want in your drink. For example, if you ask for a Tanqueray and tonic, you have ordered a call drink, and you’ve done it like a boss.
These are drinks made with the most expensive liquors. A Grey Goose martini is a premium drink. This is Jane Bond level drinking.
Wet vs. Dry Martini
Martinis, not the flavored kind, have three essential ingredients, vermouth, olive and either gin or vodka. If you want more vermouth in your drink, you order your drink wet, if you want less, order it dry. Vermouth is a wine that has a botanical taste. Some people like more of it, some like less of it.
With a Twist
Order a drink “with a twist” and the bartender will present you with a drink with a lemon peel in it. “With a twist” is essentially ordering your drink with a garnishment. If you like the frilly stuff, and that lemon peel means that much to you, go for it.
Back or Chaser
“I want a scotch on the rocks with a coke back,” said my sophisticated friend. Clueless, I asked him what it meant. I felt stupid when he said, “oh, that just means ‘on the side.'” Ordering a scotch on the rocks with a chaser of coke means the same thing.
Ordering a double means you wants two shots of alcohol. Doubles are usually reserved for when you’ve had a really bad day…. and you have the Uber App!
Mocktail or Virgin
This is a drink without alcohol. There is no shame in ordering one. All I have to say on this is, “Know Thyself.” (Here’s a question though,why are you in a bar ordering mocktails?)
What’s the difference between getting a drink “neat” and getting a shot?
The only difference is the type of glass you pour it in. Both terms, “neat” and “shot” indicate straight liquor, but a neat drink is poured into a larger glass so that it can be sipped. A shot is meant to be consumed all at once. Your choice.
Gracious Girls, knowledge is power. Powerful women know how to walk into a bar and order drinks like Bond, Jane Bond.
Read this funny article about what your drink says about you. It’s hilarious!
For cocktail recipes you can make at home, click here.