|Common Bartender Terms
On The Rocks? Training Wheels? - These are
just a couple of cocktail terms you'll need to know to when
bartending. This section of our website will keep you up to
date on the latest bartender lingo.
Age - The amount of time a whiskey, rum,
or brandy has been stored.
Bang! - A term used to identify
the double or triple flavor cocktails. (i.e. Peach Bang! –
peach schnapps and peach juice)
Base Liquor - The main ingredient
in the cocktail.
Box - Pour cocktail into
and out of shaker. Mixes the cocktail without shaking.
Call Drink - A cocktail where
the liquor is clearly defined. (i.e. gin and tonic, jack and
Chaser - A drink that is
consumed directly after taking a shot or shooter. Usually,
to change the taste in your mouth.
Collins - A sour served in
a highball glass with club soda or seltzer water.
Cooler - A cocktail made
with ginger ale, club soda, or another carbonated beverage.
Garnished with a lemon or orange rind. These type of cocktails
are usually served in a collins glass.
Crusta - A short sour type
drink that is completely lined with an orange or lemon peel
cut in a continuous strip.
Daisy - An oversized sour
type cocktail sweetened with a fruit syrup. Usually served
in a large goblet.
Dry - No vermouth or a tiny
Flag - Term used when someone
has had enough to drink. Also a garnish.
Flamed - Drink is topped
with high proof alcohol and lit on fire.
Fizz - A beverage that is
carbonated or produces small amounts of bubbles.
Lace - Applies to the last
ingredient in a recipe, meaning to pour on top of the drink.
Mist - To pour drink over
Mixer - A non-alcoholic beverage
you mix spirits with.
Neat - The consumption of
a spirit as a straight, unaccompanied shot.
Nightcap - Any drink taken
On-The-Rocks - Any wine or
spirit poured over ice cubes.
Pick-Me-Up - Any drink designed
to delay the effects of the overindulgence in alcoholic beverages.
Shooter - A straight shot
of whiskey or other kind of spirit. Taken with out a chaser.
Straight Up - When a drink
is mixed with ice and then strained into a glass.
Tot - A small amount of any
beverage, a “short shot” or a “touch”
Up - A drink served with
Virgin - A non-alcoholic
Well Drink - A liquor and mixer, of which
neither are defined brands. (ie. Gin and Tonic, Rum and Coke)