3 Cocktails That You Should Order To Impress Your Bartender
The next time you’re at a bar, resist the temptation to answer “A Whiskey Coke, please” when asked what drink you would like. Instead, confidently ask for the following cocktails to impress your bartender. If your local watering hole doesn’t serve these, fret not. You can always mix them in the comfort of your own home.
Time to put on your top hat and monocle. Before Flaming Lamborghinis and Graveyards became popular, cocktails were a much simpler affair. Originally just a mix of spirits, sugar, water, and bitters, cocktails have evolved over the years to include liqueurs, fortified wines, and garnish. So when you ask for an Old Fashioned, you’re asking for the prototypical cocktail. The throwback cocktail, if you will. It’s basically the Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls jersey compared to the LeBron James Miami Heat jersey of the cocktail world that everyone else is drinking. I’m not entirely certain that analogy makes sense.
The Old Fashioned works with spirits of any kind. So that means anything from whiskey and tequila to rum and even vodka. It’s all up to your bartender.
2 oz bourbon or rye whiskey (or any other spirit)
1 teaspoon superfine sugar (or 1 sugar cube)
2-3 dashes of bitters
Place the sugar in an Old Fashioned glass and douse with the bitters.
Add a few drops of water, and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
Add the whiskey and stir.
Add a couple of large ice cubes.
Stir a few times to chill.
The Negroni is the most understated of cocktails. It doesn’t try to impress you with crazy colours or by being on fire. It’s a classy drink that shows its appeal just by pure deliciousness alone. It tastes both bitter and sweet at the same time, and it has herbal undertones that are incredibly refreshing. It’s like having a shower in your mouth during the hottest day of the summer.
The best part about the Negroni is that it’s incredibly easy to mix. It has a 1:1:1 ratio that is almost foolproof. Even the most amateur of bartenders should be able to serve you a Negroni. But don’t just take our word for it, try it for yourself.
1 oz dry gin
1 oz Campari
1 oz sweet vermouth
Combine the ingredients in an old-fashioned glass filled with ice.
Stir to combine.
Besides having one of the coolest names ever for a cocktail, the Last Word has an amazing story behind it. The Last Word was created back in the Prohibition era in the United States, but was then promptly forgotten for decades. It has only been reintroduced to cocktail menus around the world within the past four years or so. In fact, the Last Word can almost be considered the Holy Grail of cocktails. At any moment now, Dan Brown will be writing a novel about the mystery behind the disappearance and the sudden rediscovery of the Last Word. There will be ambigrams aplenty and Tom Hanks will star in the movie adaptation. That’s how gripping the story of the Last Word is.
As a cocktail, the Last Word is beyond just delicious. Made with four ingredients that work together in perfect harmony, the Last Word is an explosion of taste in your mouth that will have you wanting more.
3/4 oz gin
3/4 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
3/4 oz maraschino liqueur
3/4 oz green Chartreuse
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
Fill with ice, and shake briskly for 10 seconds.
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.