There’s a reason cocktail enthusiasts avoid chain restaurants: They tend to serve overly saccharine cocktails that are, generally speaking, void of personality. But love them or hate them, you can almost always find a chain restaurant, whether you’re on the coast or in the depths of suburbia. Sometimes they’re your only option for a sit-down dinner, or you might just be craving a plate of mozzarella sticks from your local Applebee’s (we may or may not be speaking from experience). Though some chains like TGI Friday’s have made an effort in recent years to improve their cocktail game, most remain a risky venture for discerning drinkers.
But because each chain has a standardized way of doing things, you’ll be able to count on at least a modicum of consistency for a handful of cocktails, no matter which location you’re at—be it a TGI Fridays, Chili’s, Chevy’s, Yard House or any other big player. The next time you find yourself craving a boozy treat while sitting at your local Outback Steakhouse bar, here are the three safest cocktails to order.