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7 Drinks That Will Instantly Impress Your Bartender

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Your bartender can only make so many Vodka Sodas before they start banging their head against the backbar, wondering why they wasted so much time learning hundreds of classic cocktails if people are just going to order the same old Highballs. Break up the monotony and let your bartender’s expertise shine by ordering one of these seven esoteric classic cocktails instead. We guarantee your deviation from the norm will impress them.

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Vermouth is probably the most misunderstood alcohol in the world, thanks to decades of famous drinkers like Winston Churchill shunning the fortified wine from their Martinis. Prove to your bartender that you know how delicious a properly stored bottle of vermouth can be by ordering a 50/50 Martini, which has equal parts gin and dry vermouth. It’ll also show that you don’t take drinking cues from misguided, fictional secret agents.

The Essentials

dry vermouth
gin
orange bitters
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Asking for a Vieux Carre with the proper French pronunciation won’t impress your bartender; it’ll make them roll their eyes. Instead, ask for this similar cocktail by its ingredients—a Manhattan made with Bénédictine instead of sweet vermouth. The herbal modifier yields a rounder, more honeyed flavor and is sure to intrigue your bartender without sounding incredibly pretentious.

The Essentials

rye
Bénédictine
Angostura
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This underrated cocktail is a cult favorite with bartenders at the moment, who believe it’s poised to make a comeback. Don’t be like the people who missed the Negroni boat and only started ordering it when it became mainstream. Order this herbaceous mix of gin, maraschino, green Chartreuse and lime before it’s cool, and achieve genuine early adopter status.

The Essentials

Gin
Green Chartreuse
Maraschino liqueur
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There is more to tequila than bottomless frozen Margaritas. Enjoy the agave spirit in this lesser-known, modern classic, which combines blanco tequila with fresh grapefruit juice, Campari, lime and simple syrup. The Siesta, invented in 2006, was inspired by the Hemingway Daiquiri, so ordering this variation shows you’re up on both your history and the latest trends.

The Essentials

Silver Tequila
Grapefruit Juice
Campari
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A shot of fernet is often referred to as the bartenders’ handshake for a reason—its bitter, pungent flavor is so divisive that usually only bartenders can stomach it. Prove that you’re in with the fernet-swilling crowd by ordering a Hanky Panky, made with gin, sweet vermouth and two hefty dashes of Fernet Branca.  

The Essentials

Gin
Sweet Vermouth
Fernet Branca
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Named for the famed Hotel Nacional in Havana, Cuba, this riff on the Daiquiri was legendary in the 1930s. The easy-drinking combo of gold rum, pineapple juice, lime juice and apricot liqueur is the most impressive way to order a fruity, sweet-tart, tropical cocktail without having to say anything embarrassing like “Sex on the Beach” or “Bahama Mama.”

The Essentials

gold rum
pineapple juice
Lime Juice
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Back in 2016 during the Rio Summer Olympics, Caipirinhas were all the rage. Everyone went from never having heard of caçacha to ordering it in every bar, rendering the Brazilian cocktail no longer under-the-radar. Get a leg up on the next South American spirit that is sure to be on everyone’s tongues by ordering a Pisco Sour. The cocktail may be from the early 1900s, but the grassy, creamy, citrusy drink is sure to taste brand new.

The Essentials

pisco
bitters

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