Wake up! (and DRINK)
I’m a bartender. Every day people sit down at the bar where I work and order Manhattans, Martinis and Margaritas. I can make all of these drinks in my sleep, but sometimes I just want to yell, WAKE UP, it’s 2010, and there are hundreds of great drinks I can make. So I’m using my blog this month to appeal to all the 30pov readers to “make the day” of their favorite bartender and order one of the great drinks I‘ve listed below instead of the classic favorites.
If your preferred hard stuff is bourbon, don’t order a Manhattan. Instead order a Brown-Eyed Girl made with Jim Beam, Simple Syrup and mint leaves.
Skip the classic gin martini, and order a Widget made with gin and peach schnapps and served over ice.
If you always order Rum and Coke, try ordering Nights in White Satin made with Cruzan Tropical White Rum and agave nectar.
If you are a Rob Roy man (or woman), switch to a Single Malt Scotch served straight or with a splash of water.
If your bartender makes 100 margaritas every day, he/she will be ecstatic when you order a Tequila Sunday (tequila, orange juice, blackberry brandy poured inside the rim, with an orange slice and a cherry).
To prevent your bartender from throwing the boring Vodka Tonic in your face, ask for a Vodka Kiss which is vodka, amaretto, and a splash of cranberry and orange juice.
If you usually drink a whiskey sour, try a Straight Flush made with Crown Royal, peach schnapps, and cranberry juice served chilled.
With so many great liquors behind our bars, be brave and try something new. Order one of these drinks or, better yet, tell the bartender what kind of drink you enjoy, and sit back and let him/her take charge. The classic drinks are always in vogue, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try an inventive new cocktail.
Try something new or try something old…but for cryin’ out loud, DRINK!