What’s your poison?
Do you religiously stick to one type of drink all night (well done, you) – or have you been known to mix it up?
Whether it’s a gin and tonic, pint of bitter or a crisp Chardonnay, each of us has a go-to drink to help get us in the mood.
The chances are, when ordering, you’ve not really given your drink a second thought – but maybe you should, because you may very well be annoying your bartender.
And you wouldn’t want to do that, would you?
So to help you help the bar staff this New Year’s Eve , Business Insider spoke to Elena Alvarez, bartender at The Airliner in Iowa.
1. Long Island iced tea
Not for the faint-hearted, with their multitude of ingredients, Alvarez says requesting a drink like this takes a lot of time and is one of the most annoying things to bartenders.
“The really difficult drinks with a lot of ingredients are always annoying to make when things are really busy,” Alvarez explains.
“Do you see how many people are crowding the bar right now while you’re asking me to make something for you that’s going to take a few minutes? That’s really annoying.”
The two most complicate drinks – and therefore most irritating – are ‘real’ Long Island Iced Teas, with all four or five kinds of liquor in them, and Bloody Marys, with all of their garnishes.
There’s a legend surrounding mojitos, as one bartender explains : “I’ve heard it said that the person who created the mojito must have hated bartenders because it’s a complex cocktail that takes a long time to make, and making one leaves your hands all sticky.
“If you want a bartender to hate you, order a mojito when the bar has a long line.”
Apparently anything involving more than two ingredients which is served in a martini glass is a real pain to make.
So maybe go for a beer instead.
“A margarita is super easy to make, but it totally messes up my flow because shaking the drink for 20 seconds is annoying when I have 100 people waiting at the bar,” bartender Jenssen said.
4. “Surprise me!”
According to Alvarez, indecision is EXTREMELY irritating.
“The most annoying thing is when someone comes into the bar asking for a drink, but they don’t know what they want. So they tell the bartender, ‘surprise me,’ but can’t give them any kind of idea as to if they want it fruity or this or that,” she says.
“Then you make them something and they say, ‘Oh I really don’t like this, can you make me something else?'”
5. A Guinness
…But only if you order it last. A Guinness should always be ordered first, as they take a while to pour.
6. A Manhattan
Revellers are urged to do their research with these, as another fed-up bartender says: “Either people order one because they’re trying to be sophisticated and don’t know what they’re getting, or they aren’t specific enough and it doesn’t end up tasting like they wanted.”
You’ve been warned…