- Neat. Neat is used to order a drink that is served with no ice or mixers. It is, quite simply, a straight pour of liquor from the bottle into the glass. Neat drinks also are served at room temperature.
- Up. Up usually describes a drink that is chilled with ice—either shaken or stirred—and strained into a glass without ice. Typically, these drinks are associated with a cocktail glass, and this makes it easy to remember.
- Straight Up. Straight up can bring the most confusion because drinkers use it to refer to both neat and up drinks. Some of this confusion goes back to the multiple meanings of straight in the bar, which circles back to those orders like a straight shot of tequila.
- Straight. Straight is where things get really confusing because drinkers use it in a few different ways: Some use straight when they order a straight pour of darker spirits.
- Neat vs. Up vs. Straight Up
- Dry vs. Wet
- Over vs. on The Rocks
- Back vs. Chaser
- Seltzer vs. Soda
- Twist vs. Squeeze
These three terms are probably the most misused bartending terms of all. Here's what they actually mean: Neat: Order your whiskey neat if you want it to be poured straight into a glass, at room temperature, without ice. Up: Want that drink chilled instead? But still without ice? Order it "up" and the bartender will shake it with ice, then strain it into a stemmed cocktail glass. The "stemmed" part is important here since it's the added elevation that gives us the "up" here. Conversely, if you wanted the same thing, just served in a rocks glass, you could ask for it served down. However, that term has largely fallen out of fashion, and might perplex all but the most seasoned of bartenders. If he or she gives you a funny look, try ordering it chilledinstead. Straight up: The term "straight up" technically isn't a real bartending term at all, but is what a lot of people mistakenly ask for when they really want their drink served neat. So how did it become a thing? No one knows for sure...
The terms "dry" and "wet" are most commonly used when ordering martinis and they can actually be a little confusing. The dryin a dry martini refers to the vermouth used in the cocktail (which also happens to be "dry"). So you might assume that a dry martini is extra on the dry vermouth. But you'd be wrong. Dry, in this case, actually means "easy on the", so when you order a dry martini, you're ordering a martini that goes lighter on the dry vermouth. If you want it with just a hint of vermouth (like Winston Churchill did), try ordering it extra dry. If, on the other hand, you want the bartender to go heavy on the vermouth, you'll want your martini wet or extra wet. You probably won't want to apply this logic to other drinks, though. Ordering a "dry manhattan", for instance, won't get you a manhattan that's heavy on the rye and light on the sweet vermouth. A dry manhattan is its own thing—a manhattan made with dry vermouth, instead of sweet, and garnished with olives.
Finally! An easy one! Over and on the rocks both mean the same thing: served over ice. "On the rocks" has become the more ubiquitous term thanks to its use in movies and TV shows, but "over" is still a common term in some areas of the country or with bar patrons of a certain age.
A back and a chaser are basically the same thing: a glass of something else that accompanies your main drink. But they tend to be used a little differently. A "back" is typically a drink that is sipped alongside another drink, while a "chaser" is meant to follow a drink that's thrown back quickly. Here are some examples: "Bartender, a whiskey neat with a water back." As opposed to: "I'll take a shot of whiskey with a soda chaser." The terms can be used interchangeably without confusion though, so fire (or gingerly sip) away!
Who knew that even the cocktail mixerscan be confusing? Most people know that tonic water is its own thing, but what about all those other bubbly waters behind the bar? Here's what you need to know: Seltzer: If you're looking for plain, carbonated water with nothing else in it, seltzer is the mixer you're looking for. Club soda: Club soda might seem like the same thing as seltzer, but it actually has minerals added to it that give it a subtle difference in flavor. Some people prefer one over the other, while others can't tell the difference or don't care. Either way, bars have both on hand, so choose whichever you like best.
Believe it or not, this is a common bartending terminology mistake that results in a lot of drinks being sent back—usually because the customer doesn't understand what a twist really is. A twist is a thin piece of citrus peel that the bartender twists over the drink to express the flavorful citrus oils into it. The peel is then usually dropped into the drink or draped across the rim of the glass as a garnish. You won't get any juice from a twist. If what you really want is a squeeze of citrus or a wedgeof lemon or lime served with your drink, be sure to ask specifically for that.
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- Shot. What it is:A liquor served in a small shot glass without ice; toss it back all at once. Say: “Two shots of Tequila with lime and salt, please.”
- On the rocks. What it is: A spirit or a cocktail that is poured over ice cubes in a straight-walled, flat-bottomed glass. Some liquors, like blended Scotches, gin and high-proof Bourbon benefit from the chilling and dilution that ice gives to open up its flavors and aromas.
- Neat. What it is: Two ounces of a single spirit served in an old-fashioned glass that’s meant to be sipped—no chilling, no ice or any other mixers. Usually used on Whiskey or Brandy, both commonly drunk at room temperature.
- Up. What it is: An alcoholic drink stirred or shaken with ice, and then strained into a stemmed cocktail glass. Say: “A Manhattan up, thanks!”
Neat. Neat is the least confusing of cocktail terms. This means that a spirit is directly poured into a glass (preferably a NEAT Glass). It’s similar to a shot, but the glass makes a huge difference in the sipping experience. Neat drinks are about two ounces, not chilled, there are no extra ingredients (even ice) and no, you can’t order an ...
Oct 07, 2009 · Yeah neat and straight up are two different things. Like scotch neat and water back is totally different from a cocktail like a martini ordered straight up. On our squirrel system there is no modifier for neat so I have to put no ice. Crazy cause neat used to be used a lot way back when and back also.
A shot straight up we put in 1.5 oz shooter glass. Neat goes in a small rocks glass. “Perfect” is an old term designated normally for scotch in which it is in a rocks glass with two ice cubes. ALL high dollar scotches should be served perfect.
Apr 07, 2021 · What’s the difference between straight up and neat? And how do these ways of drinking change the taste of the spirit? Let’s break down these commonly used terms. What is “Neat”? Drinking a spirit “neat” is the most straight-forward. A “neat” drink is a pure spirit, poured into a glass with no other ingredients added, not even ice.
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May 09, 2008 · May be a loaded question, but what’s the main difference between single malt scotch vs others vs Tennessee whiskey vs Irish whiskey vs bourbon, etc. I usually just drink JD neat in casual bar settings, ad switch it up to scotch (mcallans 12 year usually) neat in more formal settings.
Neat: 2 ounces of spirit at room temperature served in a standard old fashioned glass or tumbler. Up: For straight spirit, 2 ounces stirred with ice to chill, generally served in a chilled cocktail glass. …. There is no extra spirit. Dirty: Adding olive brine to a martini.
Apr 24, 2014 · For a drink made without ice or mixer, you’d order it “neat,” and it would be served to you in an Old Fashioned cocktail glass. So, you might say, “I’d like a bourbon, neat.” To order a martini “up” or “straight up,” means you’d like it chilled. A cocktail that is poured over ice is “on the rocks.”
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