Neat, Straight Up, and On the Rocks: How to Order a Cocktail (Slideshow)

Know what you want and give your order with confidence

Chilled

How to order…

“I’d like a chilled Maker's Mark.”

What it means…

You’d like your shot to be cold.

Dirty

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How to order…

“I’d like a dirty martini.” OR “I'd like a martini — extra dirty.”

What it means…

You’d like olive juice and olives in your martini.

Dry

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How to order…

“I’d like a dry martini.”

What it means…

You’d like a martini with less vermouth.

Wet

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How to order…

“I’d like a wet martini.”

What it means…

You’d like a martini with more vermouth.

Up/Straight Up

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How to order…

“I’d like a vodka martini, up and with a twist.”

What it means…

You’d like your martini chilled and served with a lemon peel.

With a Twist

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How to order…

“I’d like a Cosmo with an orange twist.”

What it means…

You’d like a Cosmopolitan, garnished with an orange peel.

Shaken

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How to order…

“I’d like a vodka martini, shaken.”

What it means…

You’d like your cocktail shaken with ice in a cocktail shaker.

Double

How to order…

“I’d like a double Jack and Coke.” OR "Make it a double."

What it means…

You’d like twice the amount of liquor in your cocktail.

Neat

How to order…

“I’d like a bourbon, neat.”

What it means…

You’d like your cocktail served without ice or mixer in an Old Fashioned glass.

On the Rocks

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How to order…

“I’d like a whiskey on the rocks.”

What it means…

You’d like your cocktail served with ice.

Sour

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How to order…

“I’d like a whiskey sour.”

What it means…

You’d like your cocktail mixed with lemon or lime and sugar.

Frozen/Blended

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How to order…

“I’d like a blended margarita with salt.”

What it means…

You’d like your margarita blended with salt on the rim of the glass.