Whether you're a seasoned bar-hopper or just someone out for a night in town, most people will have a favourite go-to beverage. While most bartenders are more than happy to whip up your favourite libation, some drink orders can secretly irk them - is it yours?
While many bartenders are skilled in the art of mixology, it would seem there are certain drinks that are best avoided. To save you an awkward trip back to your seat from, drinks expert Reza Zadeh of Drinks House 247 has lifted the lid on the beverages he tells people they should avoid ordering at a bar.
First up on his list is 'outlandish internet drinks'. While brightly coloured cocktails and multi-ingredient tipples might look great for TikTok, Instagram and on other social media platforms – not so much for your next drinks order, Zadeh says.
"Can’t imagine a bartender will have the time to wait as you go through your explore page to find your next drink. Holding up the bar is a pet peeve and a faux pas in a busy, bustling environment," he explains.
Second up is a Long Island Iced Tea. 'Real' Long Island Iced Teas Zadeh says are one of the most complicated orders to make.
"These drinks usually have four to five kinds of liquor in them, so it’s likely to consume a bit of your time," he explained. "Ordering a Long Island iced tea in a packed bar with a long line of thirsty patrons is sure to irk whoever is behind the bar."
Third is a mojito. "They might be minty and refreshing cocktails to some but are often loathed by bartenders when the bar is swamped," Zadeh claims.
"It's a complex cocktail that takes a long time to make, not to mention that making one can leave hands and the bar area sticky. Any drink with more than two ingredients or served in a martini glass can also be a source of frustration for bartenders."
Another on his list is a margarita. While the expert agrees it is a relatively easy drink to prepare, the shaking process can "disrupt a bartender's flow during a busy shift". He added: "Having to shake the drink consistently can often throw an already free-flowing routine out of whack."
Strawberry daiquiris may appear innocent enough, but they can be quite the hassle, Zadeh says. "Achieving the correct balance requires precise measurements and careful mixing to avoid making the drink too sweet or too sour," he said.
'A surprise' is perhaps "one of the worst things you could order anywhere, let alone a bar," he also warns. "If you have no clue what it is you’re after, this could really test the patience of your bartender. Plus, the likelihood of you liking this surprise is often minimal and it’ll end up being the fault of the person who served you."
Zadeh suggests if you opt for a surprise, the expert recommends at least giving the bartender some hints about your preferred flavours or liquor types.
If you are a Guinness fan, you might want to be mindful of the timing when you place your order. The expert suggests making it your first on your list when ordering, as it takes some extra time to pour a perfect pint of Guinness. Ordering it last can be a major buzzkill for both the bartender and other thirsty patrons, he says.
Last in the list is a Manhattan. This classic cocktail is, typically depicted in movies to be known for sophistication, however, in real life, it can also be a source of frustration for bartenders it would seem.
Zadeh suggests that most people order them to look or feel a certain way when they don’t actually know what they’re ordering. Or they aren't specific enough and it doesn't end up tasting quite like they wanted it to.2023-09-20T15:29:06Z dg43tfdfdgfd