Fancy Cocktail Bar Dos and Don'ts: Ordering Off Menu

So a drink with an egg white in it doesn’t quite appeal to you, and that “calamansi” ingredient might be a dermatological lotion as far as you know. And as for “batavia arrack,” well, wasn’t that an obscure battle in the Peloponnesian War? We get it, craft-cocktail bar menus can be intimidating, to say the least. What if you just can’t settle on anything—is it time to panic? Do you just turn tail and run out of there? No, no, not at all. Scary as it may be, this is definitely not a fight-or-flight situation, so settle your nerves. You can definitely find something to your liking here. And you are, in fact, allowed to order off-menu at an upscale place. But there’s a right way and a wrong way to do that. Learn the difference here.