Meeting a friend, a date or a colleague at a bar this weekend and eager to impress? Or perhaps you’ve been trying to earn a lingering glance from that bartender for the last few months? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. For a different way to catch someone’s attention, get to know your drinks. Whether it’s heavy and boozy, light and fresh, or simple and easy, we’ve covered all the possibilities. Mixology has taken on a new level as of late and is just as experimental, if not more, than the gastronomy scene. The term “craft” has been awarded to many a gastro endeavor, but few know what it really means. The vague term generally refers to the use of handmade products and high quality ingredients, and steering clear of processed or mass produced items. However, this also usually entails a higher price tag, and just how much hand processing has gone into the product is unfortunately left to the consumer to investigate. This term craft has recently been given to cocktails, but with your bartender standing in open view, it can be slightly easier to determine just how craft your cocktails are. Plus, the scene’s rise in popularity has encouraged many connoisseurs to utilize online tools to build their own websites on craft cocktails, documenting the variety of complex flavors and aromas. This means you can far more reliably identify which cocktails are ‘craft’ in the true sense of the word, based on the findings of those who know what they’re talking about. So, when it comes down to sitting in a bar and wanting to impress that certain person on your right, get your bartender to walk you through some of the below – each is equipped with a relevant question that will make sure your drinks order doesn’t go unnoticed: Heavy and Boozy: Sazerac This one is mostly for the whiskey-drinkers. Instead of your usual old fashioned, which can often times be made too sweet, or your manhattan, this is yet another way to drink whiskey in disguise except with a bit more of a kick. A sazerac usually consists of rye whiskey, peychaud’s bitters, absinthe and a sugar cube. A drop of absinthe is simply swirled around the chilled glass to lend its distinct aroma, and then emptied, and the stirred rye, sugar and bitters mixture is added. Question: what kind of ryes do you have? Light and Fresh: Homemade Pimm’s Originally used as a digestive aid, Pimm’s is one of the most delicious drinks to come out of London. With this one you may have to guide your bartender a bit but most bars should have all the right ingredients. First mix together gin, red vermouth, Cointreau, sherry or port and angostura bitters, and then add lots of fresh fruit and some ginger ale, tonic or lemonade, depending on your preference. Question: could I have a sweeter red vermouth with that? Simple and Easy: Vodka Sling For vodka-lovers, this is a great way to dress up a shot of vodka and to make it last a bit longer. This one’s simple and easy to remember: it contains vodka, lemon juice, powdered sugar, a drop of water and a twist of orange peel to garnish. Question: what vodka do you have? Bubbly and Fruity: Bellini Bellini cocktails are very easy to drink and a great choice for brunch, or perhaps if you’re feeling like celebrating. The classic version is prosecco with some peach puree, but variations on this include replacing the prosecco with champagne such as Bollinger, or experimenting with other fruit purees. Question: could you add some bitters to liven it up? Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.