Ever go to a bar and wonder what the words “neat”, “straight up”, “on the rocks” or “with a twist” mean?
If you have, then you’re in luck, because Jeffrey Morgenthaler is here to help you sort them out. (And apparently they’re confusing for both sides of the bar, so don’t feel bad.)
The short version is as follows:
Neat: Right out of the bottle.
Up: Chilled, and served in a cocktail glass.
Straight Up: Usually means “neat”, but check first.
Twist: A thin strip of citrus peel. Default is lemon.
But for the long version with a full explanation, you’ll just have to visit the site.