Bar Lingo 2.0

Hi there,

A while ago, I wrote about basic bar lingo you ought to know 

So in continuation, here’s a few more you definitely can learn to throw around when speaking to a bartender.

  • Flame – Setting a drink on fire. It’s not recommended to flame drinks unless you are VERY skilled. Bad things can happen!
  • Highball – Any liquor mixed with soda, served in a tall glass (often called a highball).
  • Mixer – Mixers are the non-alcoholic ‘mixes’ that accompany alcohol in drinks. Mixers can be water, soda, juice, energy drinks etc
  • Premium – Premium refers to premium alcohol or top shelf liquor (E.g. the well or bar rail gin is Beefeater and the premium is Tanqueray)
  • Shooter – a shooter or shot is a 1-2 ounce serving of either straight liquor (like Tequila) or a mixture of alcohol (like a B-52 Shooter – Irish Cream, Kahlua and Grand Marnier) that is meant to be drank (or shot) in one gulp.
  • Straight up – Refers to a drink, like a martini, which is shaken in a shaker and strained into a glass. In some areas, straight up is used interchangeably with ‘neat’.
  • Toddy -A sweetened drink of liquor and hot water, often with spices and served in a tall glass.

    Trust me, guaranteed to win you cool points and even a free shot maybe.


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