OtherGround Forums What’s your go-to cocktail?

8/22/19 3:03 PM
8/27/11
Posts: 2211

I do a lot of after work meetings in bars and hotel bars. I’m pretty boring. I always do bourbon and coke or some similar combination. I enjoy it, but truthfully the main reason I order it is because I don’t really know what else to order (other than beer). 

 

Whats the OG go-to?

8/22/19 3:04 PM
1/1/01
Posts: 35890

I like a vodka soda or whisky on the rocks if I'm being carb conscious.  Beer mostly.  At Christmas time i like old fashions for some reason.

8/22/19 3:04 PM
7/29/13
Posts: 1021

Gentlemans jack and ginger ale. Adds just the right amount of sweet to the ginger ale. 

8/22/19 3:05 PM
7/29/13
Posts: 1022

If not that Jameson on the rocks 

8/22/19 3:07 PM
1/1/01
Posts: 92542

Long Island Iced Tea

8/22/19 3:08 PM
9/25/09
Posts: 9074

Ok.  This might be more work then it’s worth asking but 

 

2 oz tequila

2 oz whisky

1 oz peach schnapps (or any sweet light alcohol)

bitters

sprite (think soda water with simple syrup) 

 

its alcoholic, it’s sweet but has whisky and tequila and is different but not womenly.  It’s also specific and generally if a bartender hasn’t had something like it, they will also sample it.  Not sure if it has a name.

8/22/19 3:14 PM
3/14/12
Posts: 3830

I’ve gotten quite good at making cocktails...

the wife and her friends live pina coladas... made with proper cream of coconut....

im partial to mojitos, tequila sunrise and Tom Collins.... 

It’s hard to drink a pina colada or mojito sat at a hotel bar alone though.... maybe go for a Tom Collins, Moscow mule, godfather or Black Russian... all are nice and won’t make you look like Del Boy at a hotel bar alone...

8/22/19 3:15 PM
7/25/08
Posts: 17295
Bourbon and Diet
8/22/19 3:16 PM
7/26/07
Posts: 86277
Dark and Stormy
8/22/19 3:16 PM
4/1/10
Posts: 59954

Negroni

Old Fashioned

8/22/19 3:16 PM
5/28/02
Posts: 75611

Mai tai

8/22/19 3:17 PM
3/6/10
Posts: 1237

Good bourbon neat

Jack and coke

White Russian

8/22/19 3:22 PM
7/25/08
Posts: 17296
Zned - 

Negroni

Old Fashioned


OH fuck you.

You're THAT guy.
Edited: 8/22/19 3:39 PM
4/13/12
Posts: 28270

My top 3:

The Negroni - equal parts gin, campari, sweet vermouth.  personally i prefer it a little more like 2-1-1 gin forward.  it's bitter and boozy that clears the palate and makes for a good pre-dinner drink.  any decent bartender should know how to make this.

The Boulevardier - same thing except whiskey instead of gin.  a little rounder and fuller flavored.  i actually prefer it.  this is my goto.

The Last Word - another classic cocktail.  equal parts gin, luxardo cherry liquor, chartruese, lime juice.  sweet and boozy.  a little tougher to make as chartruese is harder to find, but a real bar will have it.

here's a cocktail list i put together for my home.  i got tired with asking people if they wanted a cocktail and hearing, "sure, what do you have?".  it helps guests pick something based on ingedients i have on hand and flavor profiles they can understand, it keeps recipes handy, and it gives me something to use for an inventory checklist.  they're also all pretty classic and well known drinks (except for the mono pequeno which is something i made up for my wife).

 

8/22/19 3:26 PM
8/27/11
Posts: 2212
TGP -

I’ve gotten quite good at making cocktails...

the wife and her friends live pina coladas... made with proper cream of coconut....

im partial to mojitos, tequila sunrise and Tom Collins.... 

It’s hard to drink a pina colada or mojito sat at a hotel bar alone though.... maybe go for a Tom Collins, Moscow mule, godfather or Black Russian... all are nice and won’t make you look like Del Boy at a hotel bar alone...

Great advice. Thanks. 

8/22/19 3:30 PM
1/1/01
Posts: 16919
EFM - 

My top 3:

The Negroni - equal parts gin, campari, sweet vermouth.  personally i prefer it a little more like 2-1-1 gin forward.  it's bitter and boozy that clears the palate and makes for a good pre-dinner drink.  any decent bartender should know how to make this.

The Boulevardier - same thing except whiskey instead of gin.  a little rounder and fuller flavored.  i actually prefer it.  this is my goto.

The Last Word - another classic cocktail.  equal parts gin, luxardo cherry liquor, chartruese, lime juice.  sweet and boozy.  a little tougher to make as chartruese is harder to find, but a real bar will have it.

here's a cocktail list i put together for my home.  i got tired with asking people if they wanted a cocktail and hearing, "sure, what do you have?".  it helps guests pick something based on ingedients i have on hand and flavor profiles they can understand, it keeps recipes handy, and it gives me something to use for an inventory checklist.  they're also all pretty classic and well known drinks (except for the mono pequeno which is something i made up for my wife).

 


Nice! I've always wanted to have a drink menu for guests, lol. This shit is awesome!
8/22/19 3:33 PM
2/24/19
Posts: 300

Vodka Gimlet

Stoli or Grey Goose

Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice

Keep it in the freezer

That’s it. 

8/22/19 3:44 PM
12/18/03
Posts: 24999
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Negroni

Old Fashioned


I order the first if I don't trust the bar that much... you have to try really hard to fuck it up.

If the bartender is good and they have the right ingredients I'll order and Old Fashioned instead.

If it's warm I also like caipirinhas or Moscow Mules.

Edited: 8/22/19 4:02 PM
4/1/10
Posts: 59957
MarsMan - 
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Negroni

Old Fashioned


I order the first if I don't trust the bar that much... you have to try really hard to fuck it up.

If the bartender is good and they have the right ingredients I'll order and Old Fashioned instead.

If it's warm I also like caipirinhas or Moscow Mules.

 

That is so true.

 

I have been a victim several times of a poorly made old fashioned that tasted like fruit punch. I like my old fashioned with rye, not bourbon.

 

8/22/19 4:07 PM
2/5/06
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Shirley Temple



a few of those and I'm jacked up ready to go.
8/22/19 4:20 PM
1/1/09
Posts: 3059
Ketel One and soda..just a lemon...thanks, honey.
8/22/19 4:29 PM
8/2/19
Posts: 5
old fashioned (or for fall/winter an old fashioned made with maple syrup and black walnut bitters)
8/22/19 4:33 PM
6/30/11
Posts: 4302

dirty martini with extra olives

8/22/19 5:07 PM
2/19/14
Posts: 5744
MojoSoDope -

Gentlemans jack and ginger ale. Adds just the right amount of sweet to the ginger ale. 

This, this, THIS!

8/22/19 5:19 PM
12/18/03
Posts: 25002
PuraVida76 - Ketel One and soda..just a lemon...thanks, honey.

I read somewhere that vodka exists to make other things alcoholic. 

Not sure I totally agree with that but it seems to be true for Ketel One... It really feels like it has no taste or aroma whatsoever.