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Common Bar Terms

Age: How long a whiskey, rum or brandy has been stored.

Apéritif: A drink that stimulates the appetite.

Back: A non-alcoholic drink or a small glass of beer served on the side of a shot.

Bar Spoon: Long handled spoon with a twirled stem.

Base Liquor: The main ingredient in a drink.

Bitters: Made from bark, herbs, roots and berries, gives a bitter zest to drinks.

Blend: Use a blender to mix drink.

Call: A brand name liquor that is step above well.

Chaser: An alcoholic beverage served on the side of another alcoholic drink.

Cordial: Same as a liqueur, sweet drink made from berries, fruit or herbs.

Dash: A smidgen or a couple drops, approximately 1/16 oz.

Dry: No vermouth or a very small amount.

Flag: Term used when someone has had enough to drink, also a garnish.

Flamed: Drink is topped with high proof alcohol & lit.

Float: To layer one ingredient on top of another, usually to top a drink

Frozen: Drink is blended in blender with crushed ice or ice cream.

Jigger: Shot glass for pouring about an ounce and a half.

Layered: Using heaviest liquors first, each liquor is carefully poured on top of the other usually using a back of a spoon.

Liqueur: Same as a cordial, sweet drink made from berries, fruit or herbs.

Long Drink: Term used for a mixed drink served in a Collins glass.

Mist: To pour a drink over crushed ice.

Mixer: The non-alcoholic beverage you mix spirits with.

Muddled: A drink served with mashed fruit like an Old Fashioned.

Muddler: A wooden mallet used to smash fruit.

Neat: Room temperature drink with no ice.

Nip: Measurement for a little more than a jigger.

On the Rocks: Served over ice.

Pony: One ounce.

Perfect: Sweet and dry vermouth added to drink & served with a twist.

Premium: A step above call, but not top shelf.

Proof: The alcohol content of spirits.

Shake: Add ice, then ingredients & shake in cocktail shaker

Short: A drink with just a little mixer in a short glass.

Simple Syrup: Heavy sugar water.

Splash: A small amount of mixer.

Straight Up: Drink is mixed with ice & then strained into glass

Strainer: Wire gadget with a spring around it that fits over the top of your mixing

container so you can strain ice or pulp when pouring into a serving glass.

Stir: Ingredients are poured over ice & bar spoon is used to stir.

Tall: A drink using a larger glass, like a Collins Glass, and containg more mix.

Top: Ingredient is put on top of drink.

Top Shelf: The best spirits in the house.

Twist: Lemon peel used to flavor rim of glass, then dropped in drink.

Up: A drink served with no ice, either neat or chilled.

Well: Bar stock liquors.


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