3 Pairs Of Cocktail Terms That You Should Never Get Wrong

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Cocktails are awesome. Most of the time, they come in pretty colours and they taste like a tiny bit of heaven, served in a chilled glass. But due to the myriad ways you can enjoy a cocktail, many people often get their cocktail terms all mixed up, like a hilarious alcoholic version of Lindsay Lohan’s classic hit movie, Freaky Friday. So to avoid being laughed at when you’re down at your local bar, here are some terms you should never get wrong.

Neat/ On the Rocks

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People who love the taste of alcohol often have their drinks served neat. Sometimes, they get it on the rocks. But are the two more or less the same thing? Like Ryu and Ken from Street Fighter II?

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No. They are not. Ryu wears a white gi while Ken wears a red one.

Similarly, a neat drink is one served without ice or mixed-ins. Just a shot of the alcohol of your choice. Having it on the rocks, however, means having that same shot poured over ice cubes. That’s all there is to it.

Chaser/ Back

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Although they both sound like positions in a sports team, and if Harry Potter has taught me nothing else, it is that Quidditch positions are real; however, today we are referring to them when used in mixology.

A back can be a chaser. However, a chaser may not necessarily be a back. Confused yet?

A back is a non-alcoholic drink such as water or a soft drink served in a separate glass along with an alcoholic drink. Presumably it is served to reduce the amount of alcohol consumed and the level of intoxication.

A chaser is a mild drink, usually beer or water and not necessarily non-alcoholic, taken after hard liquor.

And there you go.

Liquor / Liqueur

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Liquor and liqueur are often used interchangeably but they actually refer to two different categories of alcohol. Liquor refers to any unsweetened distilled alcoholic beverage. Essentially, your vodka, gin, brandy, whiskey, and tequila falls under liquor.

Liqueur, however, is used for sweetened distilled alcoholic beverages. You’ve got your triple sec, amari, Chartreuse, Benedictine, and more.

And now you know.

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