Bartenders Admit Which
Drinks They Can't Stand To See People Order
Bartenders deal with the worst of the worst. Sooner or later, they
can tell exactly what
type of customer they're dealing with based on drink choice alone. Wondering
what your go-to order reveals about your personality? Well, these bartenders
who've dealt with regulars, tourists, and everything in between revealed
which drinks make them suppress an exaggerated eye roll and which make them
Egg White Cocktails
A creamy egg white cocktail is truly a delight,
but depending on how "authentic" you want it, the process can be a
real pain for bartenders. Whipping up the egg whites by hand can be grueling,
especially when preparing multiple orders at once. Unless you're at a quiet
cocktail bar, we suggest going for a fine merlot.
Vodka Sodas (with Lime)
A popular trend
among bartenders is a t-shirt that simply reads, "Vodka Soda Lime."
This basic order is requested so often, it makes long island ice teas look
top-shelf. Anyone who orders a vodka soda is usually less about the taste of fine liquor and more about getting wrecked. Sorry, but that touch of lime
doesn't make it any fancier.
A properly made mint mojito is superb, but for bartenders who are
in the middle of a rush, the request might not be well-taken. The process of
muddling mint with a wooden spoon is tedious and time consuming, not to mention
patrons tend to drink all that hard work down in just seconds. If you're
planning on multiple orders, you're honestly better off with vodka sodas.
Nothing makes a bartender let out a sigh faster
than kamikaze shots. While they're easy to whip up thanks to their simple
ingredient list (vodka, triple sec, and lime juice), kamikazes can still put a
bartender on their toes. The easier shots are to make, the faster they get
ordered. Soon enough, the entire dance floor gets covered with fallen men.
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Long Island Ice Teas
Basic, basic, and more basic. Sure, some people enjoy long island
ice teas for the flavor, but be aware that you're setting off red flags to your
bartender. Often associated with drunk party girls, long island ice teas tell
your bartender to keep an eye on you in case you start dancing on the table.
What looks good for the Blue Man Group doesn't
look good for your drink order. Bartenders have to hold back from rolling their
eyes whenever a blue Hawaiian is ordered. Why? Because once another customer
sees a drink that looks like a Kool-aid knockoff, they want one, too. Soon, the
whole bar is covered in blue-tongued drunks trying to hula.
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When you're at brunch, feel free to order
Bloody Marys and mimosas to your heart's content. But once the evening rolls
around, you might want to steer clear of this extravagant treat. If you're ever
in New Orleans, don't forget that bartenders often have to add "the
works" to your order, including olives, horseradish, shrimp, bacon, and
other fried treats. Trust us, your bartender and your breath will thank you
for waiting til tomorrow morning
Slap a "tini" onto a fruit and you've
got yourself a brand new drink. Beverages like appletinis are sure to send a
clear message to your bartender: You don't know how to drink. Between the
artificial flavor and ultra-sweetness of the syrup, your server will watch in
awe as you guzzle down four ounces of pure cane sugar.
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Ever try pouring champagne quickly? It's not
easy. The bubbles take so long to pour that your bartender may need a few
minutes just to assemble your drink. While you're waiting for your bubbly
treat, other patrons may stare anxiously at your bartender, debating how little
they should tip. For everyone's sake, try ordering when the line dies down.
Depending on where you go, you can expect to find mixed reactions
when you order a White Russian. Most drinks don't require dairy products,
making heavy cream an unlikely ingredient to be sitting behind a dive bar. A
bartender who has to stop everything to grab you some dairy might end up giving
you a beverage that's all cream, no booze.
Take a bartender's advice: If you're ordering
sangria, get it by the pitcher and not by the glass. If the bar you're visiting
doesn't already have sangria prepped ahead of time, your bartenders will have
to cut-up fresh fruit on the spot every time you order. Don't you dare request
a second glass, especially if your bartender already gave you this exact
warning. The look on their face will be very sour.
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