Looking at a well-made cocktail list can be daunting. There are a lot of cocktails out there (not to mention all the terms you need to know), and even if the ingredients are laid out for you, there’s one major hurdle before you make your choice: Can you pronounce the name of the drink? Don’t let your fear of not knowing how to say something keep you from ordering what could be your next favorite libation. We rounded up the classic cocktails with some of the most difficult names (some common, some less so) and broke down each pronunciation.
13 Classic Cocktails You’re Probably Mispronouncing at the Bar
Bool-e-var-de-ay. A Negroni variation using rye whiskey instead of gin. The name means a wealthy, fashionable socialite in French.
Voo cah-ray. One of many great New Orleans cocktails. The name is French for “old square.”
Kai-pee-ree-nyah. Brazil’s national cocktail, which is made with a cane spirit called cachaça (bonus pronunciation: ka-shah-suh).
Cali-moh-cho. Few wine lovers would consider topping off their red wine with ice and cola. However, it’s a delicious way to finish the rest of that day-old cheap wine.
Me-cheh-lah-duh. A drink that can be sipped from morning through night, a Michelada is a beer-focused take on a Bloody Mary. The name comes from a mashup of Spanish words: mi (my) chela (slang for beer) helada (frost).
Shahn-zey-lee-zey. The cocktail is named after the famous Parisian boulevard, Champs-Élysées.
Negroni Ez-bye-yah-toe. In this Negroni variation, the gin is swapped out for Prosecco. Its name means “wrong Negroni.”
Dyoo-buh-ney. Dubonnet is a wine infused with aromatics. England’s Queen Mother Elizabeth and Queen Elizabeth II Dubonnet Cocktail preference brought the drink into the spotlight.
Be-zhoo. A four-ingredient classic with a name that means “jewel” in French.
Fan-chew-lee. The name of this Fernet-Branca riff on the Manhattan comes from Italian slang for “the boys.”
San-gah-ree. A stronger version of Sangria, Sangaree uses fortified port in place of wine.
Al-ga-rah-bee-nah. A creamy, Eggnog-like dessert cocktail that gets its name from syrup made with algarroba beans, which tastes similar to a bitter molasses.
Keer Roy-al. The Kir Royale is named after a French World War II resistance fighter named Felix Kir, and is simply crème de cassis topped with Champagne.
Crème de Cassis