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Posted 2/15/15 , edited 2/15/15

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Morbidhanson wrote:


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The bartender doesn't really usually control what liquors are available. There's literally no reason to test them this way, nor should you make it a goal to order obscure drinks. That just makes it a pain in the butt to make the drink. They don't know what it is and you don't get your drink. I go to bars to drink, not to try looking cool. To be honest, I drink quite a bit and have my preferences but it's not as though I'll be able to do blind tests based on taste. If you like the flavor, that's a win. If you want an obscure drink, it's better to buy it from your favorite liquor store, and enjoy it at home or at some small social gathering unless you know that particular bar has it.

I just order what I usually get. Usually it's an AMF, gin martini, or a Long Island. I rarely have non-specialty drinks since I don't enjoy mixed drinks as much. Sometimes, I order sake but that's rare since I can get a cheaper and better selection myself and it's bad value to order that at a bar.

The most I ever ask of them is what they recommend if I can't decide. Give them a category: specialty cocktails, a type of beer, whiskey, a type of wine, etc. Or I just ask them if they have a particular drink before I actually try to order it. Specials are a good test. Probably the only test that makes sense.

I actually feel that it's insane to order a pina colada or something at a downtown bar. Order those at a tiki bar, not at some club bar or something. Tiki bars are pretty much the only places where you get a really good pina colada.


Did I say obscure? If I did wrong word choice I suppose. By "obscure" I mean something other than shots or beer. Usually something I can very obviously see whether they have or not from where I'm sitting.

I also like my liqueurs.... I'm not one to drink to get drunk, and I admit it. I like things that have an herby or flowery taste at times..


Oh, I see. Gotcha.

You'd probably like stuff like saketinis and absinthe cocktails lol


Oh god no... why would you ruin good sake by doing that?

(also don't get me started on the martini craze. Martine used to mean gin and vermouth, or vodka and vermouth... now it's just "it comes in a martini glass and we can charge you a shitton more for it. Care for a screwdriv-errrrr.. an "orange martini"?"[ok maybe it's not THAT bad but you understand what i mean])

Absinthe is interesting but no need to make a cocktail out of it to appreciate it.


Haha, you're probably a purist like me. But when I think of floral and fragrant, I think of sake.

Yeah, it makes me cringe when a good sake is used in a mixer, too. Sort of like throwing sour and too much ice into a Hibiki 21 year whiskey. But some people think it's good. I wouldn't do that with a $50 bottle of sake but if you're having Ozeki or Tyku, might as well try, right?
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Morbidhanson wrote:

Haha, you're probably a purist like me. But when I think of floral and fragrant, I think of sake.

Yeah, it makes me cringe when a good sake is used in a mixer, too. Sort of like throwing sour and too much ice into a Hibiki 21 year whiskey. But some people think it's good. I wouldn't do that with a $50 bottle of sake but if you're having Ozeki or Tyku, might as well try, right?


fair enough... Really I want to experiment by trying to make it. I just haven't had the cash to spring for the microbes and a good quality rice. Maybe next fall/wnter.... They say the colder you can keep the fermentation the longer it takes and the better the flavor.
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bourbon and coke if they give me whisky and coke I know they have no idea what they are doing.
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Not even legal so.
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long island iced tea, because of the day i watched a bartender pulled out a bottle labeled long island mix, poured one shot of it over ice added coke and called it my drink...
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i ask them to surprise me, and then ill judge them based on their decision.
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I order a blue long island it normally stumps the bartenders allot unless they are from Florida. same as a regular long island just with Blue Curacao instead of cola.
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the only thing ive ever ordered were screwdrivers
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Phersu wrote:

Customer - I'd like a totally random and little known drink.
Me - Sure. Lemme just google how to make it.
Customer - Pfft. Loser.

Some time later.

Customer - Holy shit! Why does this cost so much?
Me - Asshole fee. Now pay up before I have to call Rico.
Customer - Rico?
Rico - Grrrrrh.
Customer - Now I know why it's called the Lion's Den Bar.
Me - I haven't fed Rico in a while.


Look at phersu with his imagination, even added some name. Going for the kill, did you? Oh no you didn't har har har
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Long Beach Iced Tea*.... It's easy and I find out if they give a stiff pour or not...

*Cranberry juice instead of Coke.

Most of the time I never bother to test a bartender....
I usually drink beer.
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The Cosmopolitan, try that
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Asking for a dry gin martini will give you a good idea if a bartender is good for anything other than opening beer bottles.

Such a simple drink that often gets bungled.
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well I did order a whiskey and coke, I wanted the better stuff that's usually on the top shelf. the bartender was short and as she reached up to grab the bottle, it slipped and fell.... I was almost in tears after seeing the bottle which was pretty much a full bottle smash as it hit the floor. the manager came over and said what happened she then pointed to me and said in a hotly voice "this guy just had to want the top shelf stuff..." the first thing that popped into my head was "well there goes your tip.... n00b" that was the first and only time I've seen a bartender drop a bottle, I usually like to order different brands of whiskey every time I get a drink let's me try different types
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PapaNeko wrote:

Asking for a dry gin martini will give you a good idea if a bartender is good for anything other than opening beer bottles.

Such a simple drink that often gets bungled.


you can even test if their a movie buff by ordering a Vesper
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well I did order a whiskey and coke, I wanted the better stuff that's usually on the top shelf. the bartender was short and as she reached up to grab the bottle, it slipped and fell.... I was almost in tears after seeing the bottle which was pretty much a full bottle smash as it hit the floor. the manager came over and said what happened she then pointed to me and said in a hotly voice "this guy just had to want the top shelf stuff..." the first thing that popped into my head was "well there goes your tip.... n00b" that was the first and only time I've seen a bartender drop a bottle, I usually like to order different brands of whiskey every time I get a drink let's me try different types


Reminds me of a bar I like. The bartenders were pretty tipsy/drunk as well. The drinks were HUGE. Each big mug held probably 4 cups' worth of liquid.

A guy went to order a whiskey and coke. The bartender filled his mug with like 5 ice cubes, 3.5 cups of whiskey, and a little pour of coke. The guy came back not long after to complain about how strong his drink was. The red-faced bartender just glared at him and made a big show of pouring him another little splash of coke lol
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