Alcoholpedia: 14 Alcohol Terms Every Drinker Needs To Know

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1. Dirty:

To make a drink dirty, means to slightly change its colour and taste by adding different ingredients. For instance, a Dirty Martini is made by adding olive juice so that the clarity is diluted and it tastes a little salty.

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2. With a twist:

A twist is a piece of citrus zest (lemon, usually, unless you ask for lime or orange) used as a cocktail garnish. This releases the oils from the fruit peel over the drink and gives the drink a pleasing aroma.

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3. Shaken vs Stirred:

Most drinks are made by mixing the ingredients with ice, and then either straining or keeping the ice. Shaken drinks are shaken with ice, resulting in added aeration and dilution (great for citrusy drinks). While stirred drinks are stirred with ice, with a resulting smoother taste (good for dark or strong drinks).

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4. Shot vs ShooterA shot is a small glass of a straight spirit. A shooter includes a spirit plus any other flavourings, served in a shot glass.

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5. Aperitif

A drink served before a meal meant to fuel the appetite.

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6. Digestif:

This drink is meant to aid the digestion of the food you have eaten or will be eating. So it can be had either before or after a meal, but is usually consumed after.

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7. Neat:

When you order a neat, you’re ordering alcohol that is to be best consumed at room temperature, minus add-ons. This means, you don’t add any mixture, not even ice or water.

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8. On the rocks:

This is the classic way to order any drink. If it’s served ‘On the rocks’, it is poured out for you in an old-fashioned glass or whiskey glass, over ice cubes.

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9. Straight up:

A drink served straight up is usually shaken, or stirred with ice, after which the ice is strained and the drink is served to you chilled. So it’s somewhere between an ‘on the rocks‘ drink and a ‘neat drink‘.

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10. Muddled

muddled cocktail is one where fresh ingredients like herbs and fruit are pressed against the side of the glass to release their flavours so that they bind with the alcohol better.

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11. Virgin

A Virgin drink is like a mocktail with the same ingredients used in a cocktail, except this time without the alcohol.

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12. Infused

If your drink is infused, it means that fruits, vegetables and even spices have been poured into the spirit and it has been left to steep for some time. Usually done with lighter spirits, this process gives your drink that added flavour.

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13. Crusta:

You know that sugared rim all around your cocktail? It’s called a crusta.

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14. Bitters:

Heard of Angostura bitters in your cocktail? Bitters are a liquid extraction of seeds, herbs, bark, roots, flowers, leaves and fruit of various plants, highly concentrated and used to flavour cocktails. They’re known to cleanse the body of toxins and aid in digestion.

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