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Don’t be afraid though, it is an absolutely great time to be alive if you love good drinks.
The cocktail menu can still be your guide; even if you don’t understand 50 percent of what the heck is printed on it, you can gain a pretty good sense of what a cocktail is going to be like with the other 50 percent.
Be brave, and remember after you’ve done a bit of reading and deciphering, it is always OK to ask for some guidance.
Five Tips on Reading a Craft Cocktail Menu: Jackson Cannon
Decide what to drink based on your mood. Celebrating? Go to the Champagne cocktails probably marked 'sparklers,' 'bubbles' or 'celebrations.' Feeling adventurous? Pick something from the section titled 'advanced' or find a section like the one we put on the menu at Eastern Standard simply as 'OEUF' (French for egg) where we collected our flips and fizzes with whole egg or just the whites added."
2. On the house
If you see a house drink called something like, 'Woodsman’s Old Fashioned – barrel aged genever with house made maple bitters,' be advised, your drink might take a few minutes but it should be packed with flavor and love."
3. The bitter truth
The major brands of Angostura, Peychaud’s and Regan’s are commonplace and it is not unusual for a cocktail bar to have more than two dozen commercial and house made flavorings of this type.
Grapefruit, rhubarb, chocolate mole, cranberry, celery, etc. - DON’T THINK THAT BECAUSE AN INGREDIENT IS A BITTER THAT YOUR DRINK WILL BE BITTER TOO! In fact aromatic bitters often tame and meld other flavors and are used in the vast majority of crafted cocktails."
4. Ask for help
5. Cocktail terms and truisms to keep in mind
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