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Smash

A julep in miniature, a smash is a mix of a base spirit, sugar and water, served over crushed ice in a small bar glass. According to cocktail expert David…

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Fizz

(n.) Essentially a sour made tall by adding soda water, the fizz category emerged in the late-19th century in the United States. Any base spirit can be used (gin may…

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Sour

A direct descendant of punch, the basic sour forms the template for a host of modern drinks. First mentions of the sour, made from a base spirit, citrus, sugar and…

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Cobbler

An offshoot of the punch family tree, a cobbler is, at its most basic, a mix of a spirit, sugar, crushed ice and fruit, served with a straw. The category…

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Well Drink

(n.) A cocktail made from house liquor, which is usually a cheaper and less prestigious label; the opposite of a call drink (an order in which the brand of alcohol…

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Up

(Adj.) A drink order requesting that a cocktail or spirit be shaken or stirred with ice, then strained and served chilled without ice.

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Twist

(n.) A thin slice of fresh citrus fruit peel used as a cocktail garnish that when squeezed or flamed over the surface of a cocktail, contributes citrus aroma and flavor.…

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Tall

(adj.) A catchall category for cocktails that use a non-alcoholic mixer, usually juice or soda, and served over ice in a tall glass, such as a Collins glass. These drinks…

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Shaker

(n.) a cocktail-making tool used to shake ingredients for a cocktail. This tool to shake ingredients for a cocktail comes in two main styles: the traditional, or cobbler shaker, and the…

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Punch

(n.) Before the single-serve cocktail became popular, mixed drinks were made in large-format style, called punch, and served in bowls. Classic examples of the category contain a variation on five…