It happens all too often: You go to a bar and, when the bartender asks what you want, you blurt out “Whatever IPA you have on draft” instead of ordering the bar’s critically acclaimed Margarita or that bourbon cocktail you’ve been meaning to try. Big mistake. Here’s why you should order a cocktail instead of a beer every time.
Cocktails Give You More Bang for Your Buck
It’s no secret that a cocktail is typically twice the price of a beer, but think about what you’re really paying for when you order a cocktail: You’re getting a drink that probably packs a boozier punch than a beer, a drink made with fresh ingredients (if you’re in a good bar), a drink made by hand from scratch by a seasoned professional, and a drink you probably wouldn’t be able to make for yourself at home. Plus, if you opt for a cocktail that’s strong and stirred, you’re more liable to sip it slowly, which means you’ll be enjoying your drink much longer than your buddy who went with a light beer.
Beer Has Only Four Ingredients, but a Cocktail Can Have a Bunch
Grain, hops, yeast, water—that’s all beer is, really. Sure, craft breweries have gotten very creative in the ways in which they manipulate those ingredients, but the fact of the matter is, every beer is comprised of the same four ingredients. Cocktails, on the other hand, can be made with any number of spirits and other ingredients—including beer! Beer is merely a planet in the cocktail universe, so when you pay the extra six bucks for a cocktail, you’re really paying for a ticket to a vast realm of boozy exploration.