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By Chad Upton | Editor
Ordering a cocktail can be as confusing as ordering at starbucks. Here’s a quick guide to help you get it your way.
- on the rocks – on ice (“rocks”)
- straight up – chilled in a shaker and strained to remove ice (aka “up” or “shaken”)
- stirred - served on ice and stirred with a bar spoon
- neat - served at room temperature, no ice
- back - a glass of non-alcoholic liquid served with your cocktail, such as water for mixing with Whiskey
If you like martinis, they have a language of their own. Traditionally, a martini is made with gin and dry vermouth, then garnished with a green olive. Many variations have become popular, especially swapping top shelf vodka with gin. Here are some terms for traditional martinis:
- dry - little to no vermouth
- wet - extra vermouth
- dirty - extra olive juice, making it look “dirty” (murky)
- perfect - equal parts dry and sweet vermouth are used
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If you’re throwing a party or just having some friends over, you may want to have the basics in your home bar.
A good place to start is with the most popular types of liquor.
At a real bar, there is often a stock of liquor at waist height below the bar with the most commonly commonly requested liquors. This is called the “speed rail” and it is normally stocked with:
- Rum (light)
Many popular drinks can be made with these liquors but bars frequently stock these other popular liquors in the speed rail too:
- Scotch (Whiskey)
- Bourbon (Whiskey)
- Triple Sec
Here’s a secret if you’re short on space or cash, or if you run out of Triple Sec. Triple Sec is an orange flavored liquor, so you can substitute other popular orange flavored liquors like: Grand Marnier, Cointreau or Curaçao. When it comes to selecting whiskey, click here to read more about Whiskey.
If you want to go all out with your bar, pick up some of the following and none of your guests will be unsatisfied:
- Irish Whiskey
- Canadian Whiskey
- Tennessee Whiskey
- Dark Rum
- Agostura bitters
You’ll also want to stock popular tonics and mixers such as: Coke, ginger ale, club soda and cranberry juice. By the way, the Tanqueray Gin bottle was designed to look like a London fire hydrant.