LIMITED TIME ONLY: ALL NEW CRATE PURCHASES COME WITH A FREE SHAKER KIT!

Back: A milder drink taken after a shot or neat glass of liquor, e.g., a shot of whiskey with a pickle back is a shot of whiskey followed by a shot of pickle juice.

Bartender's handshake: A gift from one bartender to another, usually in the form of a shot and free.

Behind the stick: Working behind the main bar, as opposed to working out in the cocktail area or service station; thought to refer to the keg tap levers.

Bev nap: Short for beverage napkin, the small paper napkins placed beneath drinks instead of coasters.

Bitters: A concentrated herbal alcoholic blend frequently added to cocktails to enhance flavor.

Build:  To make a drink starting with ice and then systematically adding the other ingredients to build the cocktail.

Burn the ice: Pouring hot water into an ice bin to melt the ice; usually because a glass has broken over the ice bin.

Burnt: Refers to the burnt martini, a martini with a small bit of Scotch added; some recipes call for 1:2 scotch to gin, while others call for just a few drops of Scotch.

Call drink: A drink ordered with both the specific liquor name and the specific mixer name, e.g., Jack and Coke, Tanqueray and tonic.

Chaser: Anything consumed immediately after a shot or neat drink.

Chill: To add ice to a glass or place a glass in a freezer or cooler briefly, so a cocktail can be poured into a cold glass.

Dash: A few drops of an ingredient.

Dirty: The addition of olive juice to a martini.

Dry: The reduction of vermouth in a martini.

Finger: An antiquated unit of measurement, equal to the width of a person's finger.

Flame: Setting a drink on fire; Sambuca is often lit on fire to heat it up before putting the flame out and drinking it. Another common flaming liquor is 151-proof rum, which is very flammable. Do not flame drinks unless you're a trained professional.

Float: A liquor, mixer, or syrup that is slowly poured on top of a drink to create layering.

Frost: A glass dipped in water, drained, then put in a freezer; used often with beer mugs.

Garnish: Added to a drink after it's been made to either add something to the flavor profile or aroma or enhance the drink's appearance, e.g., orange zests, cherries, etc.

High top: The taller tables near the bar that a cocktail server or cocktail bartender covers; usually use stools.

Highball: Liquor mixed with soda water, served in a highball (tall, slim) glass.

House pour: The well or rail liquor the bar offers, as opposed to top-shelf and premium drinks.

Jigger: A small hourglass-shaped measuring device used by bartenders to pour accurately.

Layering: A shot or drink with heavier alcohol on the bottom and lighter alcohol floated on top it; done using a careful pour down the side of the glass or over an inverted spoon.

Long: A mixed drink served in a tall glass with a fairly large volume, typically 6-9 ounces.

Mixer: Non-alcoholic substance that accompanies alcohol in drinks; can be water, soda, juice, energy drinks etc.

Muddle: To mash ingredients with a muddler, a special tool for grinding and crushing ingredients into the bottom and sides of a glass.

Neat: A drink straight from the bottle, typically served in a rocks glass; no ice, no nothin'.

On the rocks: Served with ice, typically in a rocks glass.

Pony: A 1-ounce shot, as opposed to the standard 1.5-ounce shot.

Premium: Premium alcohol or top-shelf liquor (e.g. the well or bar rail gin is Beefeater and the premium is Tanqueray).

Rim a glass: To wet a glass's rim in a rimmer and press the glass into salt, celery salt, or sugar.

Rocks glass: Also known as the Old Fashioned glass or the lowball, it's the standard glassware for serving liquor with ice cubes.

Shooter: A small mixed drink taken as a shot, usually about 2-3 ounces.

Shot: 1.5 ounces of straight liquor taken all at once.

Sour: The sour bar mix—equal parts lemon or lime juice and simple syrup—that's used to make whiskey sours, vodka sours, margaritas, etc.

Straight up / up: A drink shaken or stirred then strained and served in a stemmed glass without ice.

Strain: The act of pouring a drink after shaking or stirring, often through a strainer but also through the side of a shaker, into a glass.

Toddy: A sweet alcoholic drink cut with hot water, often served with warm spices like cinnamon, black pepper, and nutmeg.

Top shelf: The highest quality and most expensive bottles of alcohol available, often kept on the top shelf because they're not used that often

Twist: A piece of citrus zest (a thin, curled slice of a citrus fruit peel) added to a drink for flavor or decoration, either in the drink directly or hanging on the side of the glass.

Virgin: A drink with no alcohol in it.

Well drinks: Usually interchangeable with rail drinks and house pour, it's the lowest-cost liquor the bar has available

Wet: A drink with more of the mixer and less of the alcohol than the standard recipe calls for.

Close (esc)

The Argus Newsletter

Subscribe to stay in touch with all things Monster Crate and Argus Bar. + You'll be entered to win a free Monster Crate!

Age verification

By clicking enter you are verifying that you are old enough to consume alcohol.

Search

Shopping Cart

Your cart is currently empty.
Shop now