Becoming a cocktail expert takes a lifetime. Memorizing classic cocktails, learning the ins and outs of every spirit, and mastering bartending techniques takes a ton of practice, talent and patience. But what if you don’t have the time (or will) that bartenders, mixologists and die-hard cocktail enthusiasts have to dedicate to the craft, yet still want the reputation as an all-knowing cocktail guru? Never fear. Here are a few things you can do to lazily fool your friends and family into thinking you’re a cocktail expert.
This simple cocktail will earn you cred in any bar. Bonus points if you can name its three ingredients (gin, Campari, sweet vermouth). That’ll be all the ammo you’ll need in case anyone tries to upstage you by pointing out that a Negroni is “the red one….right?”
If Someone Says a Cocktail Is “Missing Something,” Confidently Suggest Bitters
We can’t tell you how many times Angostura bitters was the “missing ingredient” in one of Supercall’s boozy experiments. Also, when asked what bottle was a must-have behind the bar, the majority of bartenders immediately answered “bitters.” They’re the Sriracha of cocktails, and you’ll look brilliant for suggesting a few dashes as a remedy for a lackluster drink.
Harbor a Hatred for Premade Mixes
The crowded bar you just walked into isn’t making every one of their cocktails completely from scratch? That’s worthy of outrage. In fact, a good rule of thumb is if a bar is doing anything out of convenience, it’s safe to assume they’re sacrificing taste and craftsmanship in the process. Nothing establishes one’s expertise like uninformed snobbery.