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8 Cocktail Orders That Will Impress Your Date

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There are surefire drinks to order on a first date, and then there are serious cocktails that truly impress. While the former won’t steer you wrong, the latter are stronger plays for those mid-date moments when you need a perfect cocktail to seriously spark some romance or reassure a partner who doubts your ordering abilities (and, by the transitive property, your quality as a

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Not only can you pronounce this classic mix of Cognac and rye whiskey (you’ve got that fancy French worldly air), but you also know the drink calls New Orleans home (history buff, over here), and favor it over its more popular NOLA neighbor, the Sazerac (you’re discerning too). You’re a triple threat, and your date knows it.

The Essentials

Rye
Cognac
Sweet Vermouth
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You appreciate the bitter flavor of Campari, but you’re also conscious of your figure, so you take it easy with this low-ABV version of the uber popular Negroni. The drink actually predates that now-passé lowball, giving you throwback cred in the drinking world and in your date’s eyes.

The Essentials

Campari
Sweet Vermouth
Club Soda
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James Bond is sexy. The British spy does everything smoothly, including ordering up a Martini variation with panache. Sexy is as sexy does. Order this doubly spirited Martini like 007, and watch your date melt into a puddle of secret agent fantasy. Yeah, you can handle a split base of gin and vodka (extra credit if you can name a preferred spirits pairing).

The Essentials

Gin
Vodka
Cocchi Americano
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Don’t be like every other schmo who ordered a Manhattan and never got to a second date. Opt for a Black Manhattan, which uses amaro in lieu of sweet vermouth. If you have a fave Italian brand, feel free to call it in the drink for bonus points. But you should also be open to the bartender’s suggestions to show that you’re into new experiences.

The Essentials

rye
Averna
bitters
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This esoteric cocktail will earn you respect from the bartender, who is the greatest ally you have on the date (your server can make or break the night with a subtle comment or flick of the wrist, after all). Plus, you can likely introduce your date to something new. Look at that, you’re already growing together.

The Essentials

Gin
Green Chartreuse
Maraschino liqueur
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The trick to impressing with this choice is to order with confidence, showing you’ll drink what you like and you don’t care who snickers. The Cosmo is on the rebound from its ugly reputation, and it’s actually a pretty quality cocktail when you get right down to drinking it. Plus, nothing brings people together quite like nostalgia for the ‘90s. Just please don’t make any Sex in the City double entendres.

The Essentials

Citrus Vodka
Cointreau
Cranberry Juice
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You go your own way, and you don’t care that an Old Fashioned is traditionally made with rye. Drinks at a bar are meant to be fun, and bourbon is the most easy going whiskey on the back bar. If you’re with a date who prefers wine or beer, you can give them a taste of this mellowed classic and bond over the drink’s sweet, aromatic, friendly nature.

The Essentials

Bourbon
Sugar Cubes
Bitters
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Meeting a blind date you found in the want ads? Can’t go wrong sharing your love of Piña Coladas.

The Essentials

Rum
Coco Lopez
Pineapple Juice

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