"It's the quintessential bachelorette party drink. Or if you're at an at-work function, the one lady who doesn't get out much -- this is her drink," says Williams. "I call it the bachelorette drink because when some women get in groups, it's all lemon drops. It tastes like sweet lemonade. If you have the right products and you use fresh lemon juice and a good triple sec, orange curacao, and a nice vodka, you can pull off a decent Lemon Drop. The fact that it's called for without seeing it on a menu... it's like the apple martini. People just have the assumption that every bar can make those because it's so great."
What to order instead: Tom Collins (gin, lemon juice, simple syrup)
Rum and cola
"You can see the theme here. It's drinks where there's no thought put into them," says Williams. "Some people have been drinking this for 20 years. That's what they drink. Try something different! Rum is a sugar-based distillate, it's already sweet in its nature. And adding high-fructose corn syrup on top of that -- it's an unhealthy drink in my opinion."
What to order instead: Dark & Stormy (dark rum, ginger beer)
Almost anything called a "-tini"
"That's not a real martini. More specifically, the drink that unfortunately has still not died off: the appletini," Williams explains. "The '90s and early 2000s steakhouse cocktail menus all had versions of this drink. Due to its relatively easy production and only needing some form of dyed green apple schnapps, consumers could order them anywhere. They could even call for them when the drink wasn't listed on a menu. I would gather that a guest that orders an appletini enjoys sweeter drinks, doesn't like to taste the spirits in those drinks, and doesn't get out much."
What to order instead: Southside (mint, lemon juice, simple syrup, gin)