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Poll: Do You Order Complicated Cocktails?

Do You Order Complicated Cocktails?

In a discussion with several colleagues, I discovered that, apparently, complicated cocktails are a bit of a love it or hate it thing. While PartySugar and I appreciate the rise of highly nuanced cocktails — like the Grey Lady pictured here — one co-worker begged to differ. "I hate waiting for fancy drinks," he lamented. "I'd just rather order a vodka and cranberry; it has the same effect, anyway."

He has a point: I once waited twenty minutes on a cocktail at The Violet Hour in Chicago — although my drink's multifaceted flavors wound up tasting perfectly balanced in every imaginable way.

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starofsorrow starofsorrow 7 years
It depends....if I go to a nice place, I'm definitely ordering something nice and complicated if it's good, or something that I haven't tried before. However, at bars where I'd probably go with friends for bar-hopping, I tend to order simple drinks that are easy to mix up. It all just depends on how I'm feeling.
partysugar partysugar 7 years
The other day I ordered three cocktails at Smuggler's Cove (SF's new tiki bar) and it took so long that my friends thought I left. Seriously I waited about 45 minutes for them.
kred kred 7 years
After many years of bartending I would love to slap the people that invented Mojitos, blended anything, and Cosmo's. I enjoy a good mojito, but I will never order one anywhere becasue I know how much I hated making them. It's eaasy and probably much cheaper to make one at home....
mek123 mek123 7 years
If it is a crowded bar; then something simple but I like to try new drinks and will ask the waitress or bartender about their speciality drinks.
limelindsey limelindsey 7 years
I stick to the simple - gin and tonic, two limes. Pretty much always.
Lauren3185 Lauren3185 7 years
I always used to order complicated drinks until I bartended. The worst was to be slammed on a Friday or Saturday and someone wanted a Mojito or some other crazy drink - blended ones were always the worst! Now if the bar is slammed I stick to something simple - but if it's slow I'll ask for something a little fancier.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I don't usually order anything very complicated--I'll either get a beer or vodka and tonic. Sometimes I'll get a mojito or a margarita if I'm in the mood, but I don't like to wait too long for a drink.
kia kia 7 years
I'll only take a complicated cocktail when the alcohol is cheap quality. Give me a simple drink if it is high-grade... or even straight if it is sip-worthy.
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 7 years
My boyfriend hates when I order complicated drinks at crowded bars but when the reason I go to an upscale cocktail bar is for a specific drink, you'd better believe I'm ordering it!! That being said, I love caipirinhas and chiltons... don't worry, I tip extra for the effort.
dclsweetspot dclsweetspot 7 years
I usually will order a beer with dinner but if I am sitting at the bar I love to have a drink that involves too many ingredients for me to make at home. I love a Long Beach with no sour but with grenadine to make it sweet. It's a powerful drink so you can sip it for a while and it tastes just like Hawaiian punch.
lisabarn lisabarn 7 years
It really depends on the Bar - I would never go to a place that specializes in cocktails and order something simple when I go to places like Rickhouse, Bourban Branch or Alembic I like to trust the bartender.
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 7 years
Apart from Mojitos, I don't like or even know too many complicated cocktails, I think. I also always make sure to tip a little more when there's more work involved for the bartender.
doogirl doogirl 7 years
I prefer a simple cocktail, Amaretto Sours and Lemon Drops.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 7 years
I'll order a vodka cran if i'm at a really crowded bar, but how boring. I'd much rather try something new and exciting that i can't make at home.
mlen mlen 7 years
simple unless the place is known for their cocktails- then i'm all about a complex one!
SecondCitySoiree SecondCitySoiree 7 years
Well, Violet Hour is all about waiting for a fabulous cocktail! You wouldn't order a vodka-cranberry there, anyway. Did you check out their "House Rules" posted in the restroom? Something about no dirty martinis, cosmos, Irish car bombs, etc. I usually stick to simple drinks unless the place specializes in cocktails, or I can tell from talking to the bartender that they're more of a mixologist type, stuck in a bartender role.
courtneyd courtneyd 7 years
It depends on the establishment. There's nothing I hate more than ordering something beyond rum and coke and being asked how to make it. So I generally stick to very simple unless the place is known for their cocktails.
Food Food 7 years
I have a penchant for complex cocktails. The exception would be when it's the bartender's treat. When a drink's on the house, you don't want to make them labor over a cocktail for 10 minutes!
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