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    • 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...

    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...

    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 ...

    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 see...

    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...

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  2. Oct 29, 2017 · 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. Say: “Bourbon on the rocks, please.”. Neat.

  3. May 09, 2008 · “Up” implies that there was some preparation involved, and that there is no ice in the final product. You can have a Manhattan on the rocks, or I can give it to you “up”. Straight Up “ Up ” was originally short for “ straight up “, meaning “ no bullshit “. As in “ I can handle the truth. Give it to me straight up. “

  4. Oct 24, 2018 · On the Rocks. If there is a set of bartending terms that gets more bartending newcomers tripped up than any others it is the difference between Straight Up, Neat, and On the Rocks. Here is a quick explanation: Neat: A shot served room temperature without any additives. Up: A cocktail chilled and served in a cocktail glass without ice.