Food & Drink

Fancy Cocktail Bar Dos and Don'ts: Substitutions

What if you look at the menu at an upscale craft-cocktail place and recognize only about 35% of the words on it? First off, don’t feel bad; you’re definitely not alone. But can you swap your preferred spirit or mixer into a cocktail? Can you go off-script and guide the bartender through your own favorite signature creation? Here are the rules for substitutions at a fancy cocktail bar.