Food & Drink

Tall Drinks Won’t Get You More Booze—But These 5 Orders Will

Has anyone ever told you that ordering a “tall” cocktail will trick the bartender into putting more booze into your drink? Well, we hate to be the ones to break it to you, but it’s just not true. A “tall” drink might be bigger than a lowball, but the only thing it actually has more of is soda water or sweet, sugary mixer.

To order a drink that does pack more of a punch, the term you’re looking for is a “double”—and it nearly always comes with an additional cost. But there is a way to get more firepower in your cocktail with little to no extra cost: By ordering a cocktail that builds the extra booze right in. Not only will you get the most bang for your buck, but you’ll also look like a pro in the process. Here, five boozy and delicious cocktails that will replace your “tall” cocktail forever.


As long as you don’t object to the Negroni’s intense bittersweet flavor, the aperitivo is an ideal boozy order. Its trio of gin, sweet vermouth and Campari is all booze, all the time. After a couple of glasses, you’ll feel fully charged and ready to dance the night away.

Long Island Iced Tea

Sure, the Long Island Iced Tea’s potency isn’t exactly a revelation, but it often gets looked over as a second-class drink. Here’s the thing: It doesn’t need to be made with crappy well liquor. Use decent ingredients instead to experience an almost magical melding of flavors that you can sip with pride—just be sure to to do it slowly: There are four and a half ounces of booze in there, after all.

Vieux Carré

If you’re all about whiskey cocktails and can typically be seen sipping on a Jack and Coke, class it up a bit with this classic New Orleanian tipple. A harmonious boozy medley, this drink blends rye whiskey, Cognac, sweet vermouth and orange liqueur. The best part is, you’ll not only get the buzz you’re looking for, but you’ll impress your bartender too.

Martini or Manhattan

James Bond was in on the secret: Martinis and Manhattans are some of the most potent classic cocktails you can order. Opt for the classic blend of two parts spirit to one part vermouth, or order your Martini bone dry and receive a full glass of chilled booze, with no aromatized wine to get in its way. No matter how you prefer yours, this order always fulfills its promise of potency.


Tiki cocktails are notorious for their high ABVs, and this O.G. tropical concoction is one of the original booze bombs, clocking in at no less than four and a quarter ounces of spirit (the quarter being super high-proof absinthe). It’s said this drink was originally created as a hair of the dog hangover cure, but it will make you feel just fine no matter what time of day you drink it.