Article By: Bernita Marais
Have you ever taken a moment to think of the time it takes a bartender to mix your drink? Some things are better enjoyed when you know the effort that goes into it. And when it comes to cocktails, we’re not speaking of: ‘pour Tequila and lime juice into a cocktail shaker, add a handful of ice cubes and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds.’ No. We are speaking of time, the number of minutes it takes to make these interesting and amazingly colourful, mouth-watering concoctions that just come together in the most beautifully presented packages. Here are some of them:
Long Island Iced Tea
Since these refreshing tall icy drinks have four to five kinds of liquor in them, they do take time to make. In fact, it is one of the most complicated if you make the ‘real’ Long Island iced tea, since it has an official garnish. So keep this in mind next time when ordering.
There is a rumour that says that the person who created this beauty must have hated bartenders, because it’s a complex cocktail to make – not only does it take a long time to make, but it leaves the bartender’s hands all sticky afterwards. Bartenders reveal that any drink that has more than two ingredients and is served in a martini glass is a nightmare to make. It takes time to muddle the mint correctly; the sugar and fresh lime leave everything sticky. So hats off to bartenders making these bad boys!
This one is a Catch-22. It’s one of the easiest drinks to make, but it takes concentration, because the drink needs to be shaken for precisely 20 seconds!
All the small amounts of liquor and garnish that accompany this drink, along with demand, makes this both interesting and time consuming. The other cool thing about this drink is that you are often not able to taste the alcohol. So do keep in mind, when ordering a strawberry daiquiri, not to say, “Make sure I can taste the alcohol.”
The drink for sophisticated people, or people who try and look the part. One of the things when people order this drink is when people aren’t specific enough and it doesn’t end up tasting like you wanted. Rather taste it first before you go out and make it your go-to drink of choice once you know it’s what you want!
Beer, if you order it last
One of the pet peeves according to bartenders is when someone has a long list of drinks they order and finish off with ‘Oh, and a beer.’ Beer should be ordered first, and then go on by adding onto the list.
Now, with the festive season upon us, keep the amount of time in mind it takes to make the drinks mentioned, and enjoy responsibly!