This is not a test for people whose liquor knowledge begins and ends with Vodka-Crans and the occasional tequila shot. This is a test for those with near-genius level liquor IQs, those who have read Jerry Thomas’s works from cover to cover, those who know that mezcal is over and the new Mexican spirit to watch is raicilla. This is for the pros. Think you have what it takes? Answer these nine questions and prove your boozy prowess.
1) When you free pour, how many counts equals a measurement of one ounce?
2) Which of these is not a famous cocktail book?
a) The Drunken Botanist
b) Dorothy Parker Drank Here
c) The Gentleman’s Companion
d) Death and Co.
3) What classic cocktail pairs dry vermouth with creme de cacao?
a) Brandy Alexander
b) White Russian
c) Twentieth Century
4) Which classic punch’s name began as a greeting?
5) What is a “bruised” Martini?
a) A Martini with no vermouth
b) A Martini with equal parts dry vermouth and gin
c) A Martini with muddled fruit.
d) A Martini shaken not stirred
6) Which of these liqueurs is not an orange liqueur?
b) Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
c) St. George California Citrus
7) What does the bar call “up against the wall” mean?
a) Float cream or half and half on top of a cocktail
b) Top a cocktail with an ounce of vodka
c) Float a half an ounce of Galliano
d) Float a half an ounce of peach schnapps
8) What is dunder?
a) The liquid left in the still after distilling a batch of rum
b) The liquid used to “sour” the corn mash used in sour mash bourbons
c) The liquid used in Jamaican rum that gives the spirit it’s funky, earthy flavor
d) A and B
e) A and C
9) Which part of the still run ends up in the bottle?
a) The heads
b) The heart
c) The tails
d) The heads primarily but some bottles use both the heads and the tails
e) The hearts primarily but some bottles use both the hearts and the tails