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10 Drinks You Should Never Have After Dinner, and Why

Sometimes, putting your feet up and sipping on a nice, cold beverage after an evening meal sounds utterly appetizing. But have you ever thought of how drinking a sugary drink will affect you before bed? Unfortunately, there are a lot of liquids that will damage your body and widen your waistline literally overnight.

Take a look at our roundup of drinks that we believe you should never drink after dinner.

Bottled or Canned Tea

There’s plenty of hype over the health benefits of tea, and drinking “sleepy tea” before you go to bed has been said to help you unwind. So you would assume you’re getting the same benefits from bottled tea, right? Not so much — those Arizona Teas are doing the exact opposite. A presentation at the 2010 American Chemical Society meeting showed that even though bottled teas have fewer chemicals than home-brewed tea, because of mass production, they’re stripped of all of that natural goodness that makes tea healthy in the first place.

Plus, eight ounces of AriZona Iced Tea has a whopping 24 grams of sugar. Your body will have a hard time burning all of that off while you’re sleeping.

Coffee with Creamer

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Coffee can be relaxing on a cold day, and it goes perfectly with dessert. If your body can handle the amount of caffeine in your cup without experiencing sleeplessness, then sip away. The main thing to avoid when having a late-night cup of coffee is the creamer.

For example, Coffee-Mate powdered creamer, or “whitener,” contains partially hydrogenated vegetable oils and corn syrup. These ingredients recreate the texture of cream, but they’re harmful to your health. Corn syrup is a source of sugar that’s hard for your body to metabolize, and partially hydrogenated vegetable oil contains trans fats. If you’re not careful, your body may latch onto these unhealthy ingredients during the night.

Diet Soda

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Anything with “diet” in the name may be interpreted as healthy, but don’t let the labels fool you. If you’re trying to lose weight, would you ever down an entire bag of candy before you go to bed? Dr. Chris Tolcher, pediatrician and spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics, refers to soft drinks and diet soda as “liquid candy.” If a doctor won’t touch it, you may want to reconsider. The artificial sugar in Diet Coke can do a lot of damage to your waistline — especially if you’re drinking it right before you take a snooze.

Energy Drinks

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If you are looking to stay awake after dinner, stay away from energy drinks. An eight-ounce Rockstar Energy Drink will set you back 140 calories and contains a hefty 31 grams of sugar. You’ll need all the energy you get from the caffeine just to work off that sugar. Need to stay awake for a long night of cramming? Stick to a more natural beverage, like tea.

Flavored Water

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Drinking water any time of the day has been proven to help your health in many ways. However, flavored water is a different story. Take vitamin water, for example. The average 20-ounce bottle of Vitamin Water contains about 30 grams of sugar and 120 calories. If you’re drinking water before you go to bed, stick to the original.

Fruit Juices

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Considering chugging a glass of packaged OJ right after dinner? Unfortunately, most store-bought fruit juices contain unnecessary amount of fructose. Though fruit juice contains naturally occurring fructose, it’s the added sucrose from juice concentrates that can pack on the pounds. For example, Natural News reports that a typical glass of commercial apple juice has as much fructose as you would find in six apples. However, it doesn’t have the enzymes the liver needs to process all that fructose. After just a couple of sips, your stomach will be hanging onto nothing but sugar and fructose, which isn’t ideal when you’re not planning on being active anytime soon.

Packaged Coconut Water

You’ve probably heard only good things about coconut water, and if you’re drinking the natural kind, it’s all true. Coconut water is known to hydrate you, but packaged coconut water is loaded with sugar. An unnecessary amount of sugar causes dehydration —the last thing you want to experience right before you lay to rest. Packaged coconut water can also lack fiber, which is another way it cancels out the health benefits of natural coconut water.

Powdered Mixtures

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Do you love to add powders like Crystal Light to your bedside glass of H2O? The ingredients may make you think otherwise. These packets are filled with artificial flavors and sweeteners such as aspartame. The side effects of drinking these ingredients include anxiety, headaches, nausea, and abdominal pain. If you ask us, that doesn’t sound like good night’s sleep.

Sports Drinks

Sports drinks give the body electrolytes, and that’s about it. Unless you’re training for a marathon or heading to the gym right after dinner, you’re really just filling up on carbs, calories, and sugar. Most sports drinks contain a lot of ingredients we never want to put into the body, and downing one of these after dinner when you’re not being active just multiplies the negative effects.


10 Bartenders Tell Us the Drinks You Should Order to Look Like a Boss

Ever wonder what your bartender is thinking when you place an order for that pineapple-based beverage or generic glass of house wine? We picked the brains of 10 bartenders across the country to let us in on what drink you should order to look like you know a thing or two about cocktails. Now does this really matter? Of course not. Here at VinePair, we believe in drinking what you love, whatever that beverage may be. If you love a good dive bar Piña Colada, you just keep doing you. But if you’re curious what to order to look like a boss, the verdict is in.

“A stinger! Cognac, Creme de Menthe served up. When made right, unbeatable. That’s a boss after-dinner drink or after-8 drink.” – Gina Chersevani, Buffalo & Bergen at Union Market

“While I’d normally sing the praises of a Sazerac in this section, I’m going to go in a different direction: the Jasmine. It’s a shaken classic composed of Gin, Campari, lemon juice and Cointreau, and it’s served up. It’s not a common order, so you look like you know something unusual, but nearly every bar should have all of these ingredients, so you’re not forcing your bartender to scramble around to make your ego a point. It’s pink and served up, so if you’re a guy and you order this, you demonstrate that you’re not buying into some stupid idea of “girly” drinks, and though it’s pink, it is in fact a bone dry cocktail, so you’ve got “citrusy, not too sweet” totally covered. This cocktail is a win on every front.” – Lana Gailani, Seamstress & Holiday Cocktail Lounge

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“While I certainly don’t condone this behavior and can smell it a mile away (don’t worry, junior exec, I won’t blow up your spot) you should go with the trends without being too obvious. And most importantly, know where you are! I’d say call for a Boulevardier if it’s a reputable-seeming cocktail bar. If you’re at a Mexican joint, know a tequila that you like and order it on the rocks. If someone comes into my bar and asks for a pina colada, I’ll probably double over.” – Tommy Warren, Bedford & Co.

“I never try to make it apparent [that] I am a bartender or work in the industry. However, I oftentimes get nods of acknowledgement or approval from bartenders when I order a Negroni. I like mine with Averna Amaro instead of Sweet Vermouth. I also like to tell the bartender how I like my martini made to the exact specs in fear they won’t make it properly. Most people have no clue how they actually like their martini prepared so to give the bartender all of that information makes life a lot easier on them. Dry Gin, stirred, straight up with an in and out and lemon twist in a chilled glass.” – Cody Goldstein, NYLO

“Negroni or Tom Collins.” – Joy Richard, Bar Mash

“Any Classic. The best one to order is the Vieux Carré. Cognac, Rye, Benedictine, Vermouth, Bitters… what’s not to like? Only the ones who actually know how to drink, know to pronounce this, much less order it. Good lord I just sounded like a douche!” – Warren Bayani, Chao Chao

“If you can order some obscure but not-too-obscure forgotten classic, three ingredients and the truth type of drink, with minimal fuss and or input into how its made, i.e. none, you will be cool. Order a beer and shot in a busy bar at 3 a.m. and I will know that you know what you’re doing, and tip my proverbial hat to you.” – Jacob Ryan, Four Pillars Brand Ambassador

“Whatever it is that you order, make sure you know the drink, know the ingredients, and know how you like it, but don’t overstate the obvious. If you like a Martini 50/50 (that means equal parts vermouth to gin) you can ask for a gin preference or request a twist over an olive, but you don’t need to ask the bartender to stir it, as that is how the drink should be made. This is, of course, if you are in the right kind of bar to order this. Don’t walk into your neighborhood dive and ask for a cocktail or you will probably get an eyeroll, if you are lucky, and a glass of swill if you aren’t. Don’t try to stump the bartender or order something you once had at another cocktail bar expecting the person to have an unlimited rolodex of every drink ever made by anyone ever. That’s like requesting a cover band to play you a song off your friend’s E.P. Generally, you will look like a boss if you take the guidance of your bartender and you pay attention to what they tell you.” – Tonia Guffey, Dram Bar

“A Vieux Carré is complex, subtle, and delicious, and I’m always pleased to see guests enjoying them.” – Meghan Kelleher, Distilled

“A Negroni. It’s the go-to for many sophisticated drinkers and any great bartender will make a respectable one.” – John McCarthy, Graydon House


10 Bartenders Tell Us the Drinks You Should Order to Look Like a Boss

Ever wonder what your bartender is thinking when you place an order for that pineapple-based beverage or generic glass of house wine? We picked the brains of 10 bartenders across the country to let us in on what drink you should order to look like you know a thing or two about cocktails. Now does this really matter? Of course not. Here at VinePair, we believe in drinking what you love, whatever that beverage may be. If you love a good dive bar Piña Colada, you just keep doing you. But if you’re curious what to order to look like a boss, the verdict is in.

“A stinger! Cognac, Creme de Menthe served up. When made right, unbeatable. That’s a boss after-dinner drink or after-8 drink.” – Gina Chersevani, Buffalo & Bergen at Union Market

“While I’d normally sing the praises of a Sazerac in this section, I’m going to go in a different direction: the Jasmine. It’s a shaken classic composed of Gin, Campari, lemon juice and Cointreau, and it’s served up. It’s not a common order, so you look like you know something unusual, but nearly every bar should have all of these ingredients, so you’re not forcing your bartender to scramble around to make your ego a point. It’s pink and served up, so if you’re a guy and you order this, you demonstrate that you’re not buying into some stupid idea of “girly” drinks, and though it’s pink, it is in fact a bone dry cocktail, so you’ve got “citrusy, not too sweet” totally covered. This cocktail is a win on every front.” – Lana Gailani, Seamstress & Holiday Cocktail Lounge

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“While I certainly don’t condone this behavior and can smell it a mile away (don’t worry, junior exec, I won’t blow up your spot) you should go with the trends without being too obvious. And most importantly, know where you are! I’d say call for a Boulevardier if it’s a reputable-seeming cocktail bar. If you’re at a Mexican joint, know a tequila that you like and order it on the rocks. If someone comes into my bar and asks for a pina colada, I’ll probably double over.” – Tommy Warren, Bedford & Co.

“I never try to make it apparent [that] I am a bartender or work in the industry. However, I oftentimes get nods of acknowledgement or approval from bartenders when I order a Negroni. I like mine with Averna Amaro instead of Sweet Vermouth. I also like to tell the bartender how I like my martini made to the exact specs in fear they won’t make it properly. Most people have no clue how they actually like their martini prepared so to give the bartender all of that information makes life a lot easier on them. Dry Gin, stirred, straight up with an in and out and lemon twist in a chilled glass.” – Cody Goldstein, NYLO

“Negroni or Tom Collins.” – Joy Richard, Bar Mash

“Any Classic. The best one to order is the Vieux Carré. Cognac, Rye, Benedictine, Vermouth, Bitters… what’s not to like? Only the ones who actually know how to drink, know to pronounce this, much less order it. Good lord I just sounded like a douche!” – Warren Bayani, Chao Chao

“If you can order some obscure but not-too-obscure forgotten classic, three ingredients and the truth type of drink, with minimal fuss and or input into how its made, i.e. none, you will be cool. Order a beer and shot in a busy bar at 3 a.m. and I will know that you know what you’re doing, and tip my proverbial hat to you.” – Jacob Ryan, Four Pillars Brand Ambassador

“Whatever it is that you order, make sure you know the drink, know the ingredients, and know how you like it, but don’t overstate the obvious. If you like a Martini 50/50 (that means equal parts vermouth to gin) you can ask for a gin preference or request a twist over an olive, but you don’t need to ask the bartender to stir it, as that is how the drink should be made. This is, of course, if you are in the right kind of bar to order this. Don’t walk into your neighborhood dive and ask for a cocktail or you will probably get an eyeroll, if you are lucky, and a glass of swill if you aren’t. Don’t try to stump the bartender or order something you once had at another cocktail bar expecting the person to have an unlimited rolodex of every drink ever made by anyone ever. That’s like requesting a cover band to play you a song off your friend’s E.P. Generally, you will look like a boss if you take the guidance of your bartender and you pay attention to what they tell you.” – Tonia Guffey, Dram Bar

“A Vieux Carré is complex, subtle, and delicious, and I’m always pleased to see guests enjoying them.” – Meghan Kelleher, Distilled

“A Negroni. It’s the go-to for many sophisticated drinkers and any great bartender will make a respectable one.” – John McCarthy, Graydon House


10 Bartenders Tell Us the Drinks You Should Order to Look Like a Boss

Ever wonder what your bartender is thinking when you place an order for that pineapple-based beverage or generic glass of house wine? We picked the brains of 10 bartenders across the country to let us in on what drink you should order to look like you know a thing or two about cocktails. Now does this really matter? Of course not. Here at VinePair, we believe in drinking what you love, whatever that beverage may be. If you love a good dive bar Piña Colada, you just keep doing you. But if you’re curious what to order to look like a boss, the verdict is in.

“A stinger! Cognac, Creme de Menthe served up. When made right, unbeatable. That’s a boss after-dinner drink or after-8 drink.” – Gina Chersevani, Buffalo & Bergen at Union Market

“While I’d normally sing the praises of a Sazerac in this section, I’m going to go in a different direction: the Jasmine. It’s a shaken classic composed of Gin, Campari, lemon juice and Cointreau, and it’s served up. It’s not a common order, so you look like you know something unusual, but nearly every bar should have all of these ingredients, so you’re not forcing your bartender to scramble around to make your ego a point. It’s pink and served up, so if you’re a guy and you order this, you demonstrate that you’re not buying into some stupid idea of “girly” drinks, and though it’s pink, it is in fact a bone dry cocktail, so you’ve got “citrusy, not too sweet” totally covered. This cocktail is a win on every front.” – Lana Gailani, Seamstress & Holiday Cocktail Lounge

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“While I certainly don’t condone this behavior and can smell it a mile away (don’t worry, junior exec, I won’t blow up your spot) you should go with the trends without being too obvious. And most importantly, know where you are! I’d say call for a Boulevardier if it’s a reputable-seeming cocktail bar. If you’re at a Mexican joint, know a tequila that you like and order it on the rocks. If someone comes into my bar and asks for a pina colada, I’ll probably double over.” – Tommy Warren, Bedford & Co.

“I never try to make it apparent [that] I am a bartender or work in the industry. However, I oftentimes get nods of acknowledgement or approval from bartenders when I order a Negroni. I like mine with Averna Amaro instead of Sweet Vermouth. I also like to tell the bartender how I like my martini made to the exact specs in fear they won’t make it properly. Most people have no clue how they actually like their martini prepared so to give the bartender all of that information makes life a lot easier on them. Dry Gin, stirred, straight up with an in and out and lemon twist in a chilled glass.” – Cody Goldstein, NYLO

“Negroni or Tom Collins.” – Joy Richard, Bar Mash

“Any Classic. The best one to order is the Vieux Carré. Cognac, Rye, Benedictine, Vermouth, Bitters… what’s not to like? Only the ones who actually know how to drink, know to pronounce this, much less order it. Good lord I just sounded like a douche!” – Warren Bayani, Chao Chao

“If you can order some obscure but not-too-obscure forgotten classic, three ingredients and the truth type of drink, with minimal fuss and or input into how its made, i.e. none, you will be cool. Order a beer and shot in a busy bar at 3 a.m. and I will know that you know what you’re doing, and tip my proverbial hat to you.” – Jacob Ryan, Four Pillars Brand Ambassador

“Whatever it is that you order, make sure you know the drink, know the ingredients, and know how you like it, but don’t overstate the obvious. If you like a Martini 50/50 (that means equal parts vermouth to gin) you can ask for a gin preference or request a twist over an olive, but you don’t need to ask the bartender to stir it, as that is how the drink should be made. This is, of course, if you are in the right kind of bar to order this. Don’t walk into your neighborhood dive and ask for a cocktail or you will probably get an eyeroll, if you are lucky, and a glass of swill if you aren’t. Don’t try to stump the bartender or order something you once had at another cocktail bar expecting the person to have an unlimited rolodex of every drink ever made by anyone ever. That’s like requesting a cover band to play you a song off your friend’s E.P. Generally, you will look like a boss if you take the guidance of your bartender and you pay attention to what they tell you.” – Tonia Guffey, Dram Bar

“A Vieux Carré is complex, subtle, and delicious, and I’m always pleased to see guests enjoying them.” – Meghan Kelleher, Distilled

“A Negroni. It’s the go-to for many sophisticated drinkers and any great bartender will make a respectable one.” – John McCarthy, Graydon House


10 Bartenders Tell Us the Drinks You Should Order to Look Like a Boss

Ever wonder what your bartender is thinking when you place an order for that pineapple-based beverage or generic glass of house wine? We picked the brains of 10 bartenders across the country to let us in on what drink you should order to look like you know a thing or two about cocktails. Now does this really matter? Of course not. Here at VinePair, we believe in drinking what you love, whatever that beverage may be. If you love a good dive bar Piña Colada, you just keep doing you. But if you’re curious what to order to look like a boss, the verdict is in.

“A stinger! Cognac, Creme de Menthe served up. When made right, unbeatable. That’s a boss after-dinner drink or after-8 drink.” – Gina Chersevani, Buffalo & Bergen at Union Market

“While I’d normally sing the praises of a Sazerac in this section, I’m going to go in a different direction: the Jasmine. It’s a shaken classic composed of Gin, Campari, lemon juice and Cointreau, and it’s served up. It’s not a common order, so you look like you know something unusual, but nearly every bar should have all of these ingredients, so you’re not forcing your bartender to scramble around to make your ego a point. It’s pink and served up, so if you’re a guy and you order this, you demonstrate that you’re not buying into some stupid idea of “girly” drinks, and though it’s pink, it is in fact a bone dry cocktail, so you’ve got “citrusy, not too sweet” totally covered. This cocktail is a win on every front.” – Lana Gailani, Seamstress & Holiday Cocktail Lounge

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“While I certainly don’t condone this behavior and can smell it a mile away (don’t worry, junior exec, I won’t blow up your spot) you should go with the trends without being too obvious. And most importantly, know where you are! I’d say call for a Boulevardier if it’s a reputable-seeming cocktail bar. If you’re at a Mexican joint, know a tequila that you like and order it on the rocks. If someone comes into my bar and asks for a pina colada, I’ll probably double over.” – Tommy Warren, Bedford & Co.

“I never try to make it apparent [that] I am a bartender or work in the industry. However, I oftentimes get nods of acknowledgement or approval from bartenders when I order a Negroni. I like mine with Averna Amaro instead of Sweet Vermouth. I also like to tell the bartender how I like my martini made to the exact specs in fear they won’t make it properly. Most people have no clue how they actually like their martini prepared so to give the bartender all of that information makes life a lot easier on them. Dry Gin, stirred, straight up with an in and out and lemon twist in a chilled glass.” – Cody Goldstein, NYLO

“Negroni or Tom Collins.” – Joy Richard, Bar Mash

“Any Classic. The best one to order is the Vieux Carré. Cognac, Rye, Benedictine, Vermouth, Bitters… what’s not to like? Only the ones who actually know how to drink, know to pronounce this, much less order it. Good lord I just sounded like a douche!” – Warren Bayani, Chao Chao

“If you can order some obscure but not-too-obscure forgotten classic, three ingredients and the truth type of drink, with minimal fuss and or input into how its made, i.e. none, you will be cool. Order a beer and shot in a busy bar at 3 a.m. and I will know that you know what you’re doing, and tip my proverbial hat to you.” – Jacob Ryan, Four Pillars Brand Ambassador

“Whatever it is that you order, make sure you know the drink, know the ingredients, and know how you like it, but don’t overstate the obvious. If you like a Martini 50/50 (that means equal parts vermouth to gin) you can ask for a gin preference or request a twist over an olive, but you don’t need to ask the bartender to stir it, as that is how the drink should be made. This is, of course, if you are in the right kind of bar to order this. Don’t walk into your neighborhood dive and ask for a cocktail or you will probably get an eyeroll, if you are lucky, and a glass of swill if you aren’t. Don’t try to stump the bartender or order something you once had at another cocktail bar expecting the person to have an unlimited rolodex of every drink ever made by anyone ever. That’s like requesting a cover band to play you a song off your friend’s E.P. Generally, you will look like a boss if you take the guidance of your bartender and you pay attention to what they tell you.” – Tonia Guffey, Dram Bar

“A Vieux Carré is complex, subtle, and delicious, and I’m always pleased to see guests enjoying them.” – Meghan Kelleher, Distilled

“A Negroni. It’s the go-to for many sophisticated drinkers and any great bartender will make a respectable one.” – John McCarthy, Graydon House


10 Bartenders Tell Us the Drinks You Should Order to Look Like a Boss

Ever wonder what your bartender is thinking when you place an order for that pineapple-based beverage or generic glass of house wine? We picked the brains of 10 bartenders across the country to let us in on what drink you should order to look like you know a thing or two about cocktails. Now does this really matter? Of course not. Here at VinePair, we believe in drinking what you love, whatever that beverage may be. If you love a good dive bar Piña Colada, you just keep doing you. But if you’re curious what to order to look like a boss, the verdict is in.

“A stinger! Cognac, Creme de Menthe served up. When made right, unbeatable. That’s a boss after-dinner drink or after-8 drink.” – Gina Chersevani, Buffalo & Bergen at Union Market

“While I’d normally sing the praises of a Sazerac in this section, I’m going to go in a different direction: the Jasmine. It’s a shaken classic composed of Gin, Campari, lemon juice and Cointreau, and it’s served up. It’s not a common order, so you look like you know something unusual, but nearly every bar should have all of these ingredients, so you’re not forcing your bartender to scramble around to make your ego a point. It’s pink and served up, so if you’re a guy and you order this, you demonstrate that you’re not buying into some stupid idea of “girly” drinks, and though it’s pink, it is in fact a bone dry cocktail, so you’ve got “citrusy, not too sweet” totally covered. This cocktail is a win on every front.” – Lana Gailani, Seamstress & Holiday Cocktail Lounge

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“While I certainly don’t condone this behavior and can smell it a mile away (don’t worry, junior exec, I won’t blow up your spot) you should go with the trends without being too obvious. And most importantly, know where you are! I’d say call for a Boulevardier if it’s a reputable-seeming cocktail bar. If you’re at a Mexican joint, know a tequila that you like and order it on the rocks. If someone comes into my bar and asks for a pina colada, I’ll probably double over.” – Tommy Warren, Bedford & Co.

“I never try to make it apparent [that] I am a bartender or work in the industry. However, I oftentimes get nods of acknowledgement or approval from bartenders when I order a Negroni. I like mine with Averna Amaro instead of Sweet Vermouth. I also like to tell the bartender how I like my martini made to the exact specs in fear they won’t make it properly. Most people have no clue how they actually like their martini prepared so to give the bartender all of that information makes life a lot easier on them. Dry Gin, stirred, straight up with an in and out and lemon twist in a chilled glass.” – Cody Goldstein, NYLO

“Negroni or Tom Collins.” – Joy Richard, Bar Mash

“Any Classic. The best one to order is the Vieux Carré. Cognac, Rye, Benedictine, Vermouth, Bitters… what’s not to like? Only the ones who actually know how to drink, know to pronounce this, much less order it. Good lord I just sounded like a douche!” – Warren Bayani, Chao Chao

“If you can order some obscure but not-too-obscure forgotten classic, three ingredients and the truth type of drink, with minimal fuss and or input into how its made, i.e. none, you will be cool. Order a beer and shot in a busy bar at 3 a.m. and I will know that you know what you’re doing, and tip my proverbial hat to you.” – Jacob Ryan, Four Pillars Brand Ambassador

“Whatever it is that you order, make sure you know the drink, know the ingredients, and know how you like it, but don’t overstate the obvious. If you like a Martini 50/50 (that means equal parts vermouth to gin) you can ask for a gin preference or request a twist over an olive, but you don’t need to ask the bartender to stir it, as that is how the drink should be made. This is, of course, if you are in the right kind of bar to order this. Don’t walk into your neighborhood dive and ask for a cocktail or you will probably get an eyeroll, if you are lucky, and a glass of swill if you aren’t. Don’t try to stump the bartender or order something you once had at another cocktail bar expecting the person to have an unlimited rolodex of every drink ever made by anyone ever. That’s like requesting a cover band to play you a song off your friend’s E.P. Generally, you will look like a boss if you take the guidance of your bartender and you pay attention to what they tell you.” – Tonia Guffey, Dram Bar

“A Vieux Carré is complex, subtle, and delicious, and I’m always pleased to see guests enjoying them.” – Meghan Kelleher, Distilled

“A Negroni. It’s the go-to for many sophisticated drinkers and any great bartender will make a respectable one.” – John McCarthy, Graydon House


10 Bartenders Tell Us the Drinks You Should Order to Look Like a Boss

Ever wonder what your bartender is thinking when you place an order for that pineapple-based beverage or generic glass of house wine? We picked the brains of 10 bartenders across the country to let us in on what drink you should order to look like you know a thing or two about cocktails. Now does this really matter? Of course not. Here at VinePair, we believe in drinking what you love, whatever that beverage may be. If you love a good dive bar Piña Colada, you just keep doing you. But if you’re curious what to order to look like a boss, the verdict is in.

“A stinger! Cognac, Creme de Menthe served up. When made right, unbeatable. That’s a boss after-dinner drink or after-8 drink.” – Gina Chersevani, Buffalo & Bergen at Union Market

“While I’d normally sing the praises of a Sazerac in this section, I’m going to go in a different direction: the Jasmine. It’s a shaken classic composed of Gin, Campari, lemon juice and Cointreau, and it’s served up. It’s not a common order, so you look like you know something unusual, but nearly every bar should have all of these ingredients, so you’re not forcing your bartender to scramble around to make your ego a point. It’s pink and served up, so if you’re a guy and you order this, you demonstrate that you’re not buying into some stupid idea of “girly” drinks, and though it’s pink, it is in fact a bone dry cocktail, so you’ve got “citrusy, not too sweet” totally covered. This cocktail is a win on every front.” – Lana Gailani, Seamstress & Holiday Cocktail Lounge

Everything You Can Order Online To Stock Your Home Bar For The Long Haul

“While I certainly don’t condone this behavior and can smell it a mile away (don’t worry, junior exec, I won’t blow up your spot) you should go with the trends without being too obvious. And most importantly, know where you are! I’d say call for a Boulevardier if it’s a reputable-seeming cocktail bar. If you’re at a Mexican joint, know a tequila that you like and order it on the rocks. If someone comes into my bar and asks for a pina colada, I’ll probably double over.” – Tommy Warren, Bedford & Co.

“I never try to make it apparent [that] I am a bartender or work in the industry. However, I oftentimes get nods of acknowledgement or approval from bartenders when I order a Negroni. I like mine with Averna Amaro instead of Sweet Vermouth. I also like to tell the bartender how I like my martini made to the exact specs in fear they won’t make it properly. Most people have no clue how they actually like their martini prepared so to give the bartender all of that information makes life a lot easier on them. Dry Gin, stirred, straight up with an in and out and lemon twist in a chilled glass.” – Cody Goldstein, NYLO

“Negroni or Tom Collins.” – Joy Richard, Bar Mash

“Any Classic. The best one to order is the Vieux Carré. Cognac, Rye, Benedictine, Vermouth, Bitters… what’s not to like? Only the ones who actually know how to drink, know to pronounce this, much less order it. Good lord I just sounded like a douche!” – Warren Bayani, Chao Chao

“If you can order some obscure but not-too-obscure forgotten classic, three ingredients and the truth type of drink, with minimal fuss and or input into how its made, i.e. none, you will be cool. Order a beer and shot in a busy bar at 3 a.m. and I will know that you know what you’re doing, and tip my proverbial hat to you.” – Jacob Ryan, Four Pillars Brand Ambassador

“Whatever it is that you order, make sure you know the drink, know the ingredients, and know how you like it, but don’t overstate the obvious. If you like a Martini 50/50 (that means equal parts vermouth to gin) you can ask for a gin preference or request a twist over an olive, but you don’t need to ask the bartender to stir it, as that is how the drink should be made. This is, of course, if you are in the right kind of bar to order this. Don’t walk into your neighborhood dive and ask for a cocktail or you will probably get an eyeroll, if you are lucky, and a glass of swill if you aren’t. Don’t try to stump the bartender or order something you once had at another cocktail bar expecting the person to have an unlimited rolodex of every drink ever made by anyone ever. That’s like requesting a cover band to play you a song off your friend’s E.P. Generally, you will look like a boss if you take the guidance of your bartender and you pay attention to what they tell you.” – Tonia Guffey, Dram Bar

“A Vieux Carré is complex, subtle, and delicious, and I’m always pleased to see guests enjoying them.” – Meghan Kelleher, Distilled

“A Negroni. It’s the go-to for many sophisticated drinkers and any great bartender will make a respectable one.” – John McCarthy, Graydon House


10 Bartenders Tell Us the Drinks You Should Order to Look Like a Boss

Ever wonder what your bartender is thinking when you place an order for that pineapple-based beverage or generic glass of house wine? We picked the brains of 10 bartenders across the country to let us in on what drink you should order to look like you know a thing or two about cocktails. Now does this really matter? Of course not. Here at VinePair, we believe in drinking what you love, whatever that beverage may be. If you love a good dive bar Piña Colada, you just keep doing you. But if you’re curious what to order to look like a boss, the verdict is in.

“A stinger! Cognac, Creme de Menthe served up. When made right, unbeatable. That’s a boss after-dinner drink or after-8 drink.” – Gina Chersevani, Buffalo & Bergen at Union Market

“While I’d normally sing the praises of a Sazerac in this section, I’m going to go in a different direction: the Jasmine. It’s a shaken classic composed of Gin, Campari, lemon juice and Cointreau, and it’s served up. It’s not a common order, so you look like you know something unusual, but nearly every bar should have all of these ingredients, so you’re not forcing your bartender to scramble around to make your ego a point. It’s pink and served up, so if you’re a guy and you order this, you demonstrate that you’re not buying into some stupid idea of “girly” drinks, and though it’s pink, it is in fact a bone dry cocktail, so you’ve got “citrusy, not too sweet” totally covered. This cocktail is a win on every front.” – Lana Gailani, Seamstress & Holiday Cocktail Lounge

Everything You Can Order Online To Stock Your Home Bar For The Long Haul

“While I certainly don’t condone this behavior and can smell it a mile away (don’t worry, junior exec, I won’t blow up your spot) you should go with the trends without being too obvious. And most importantly, know where you are! I’d say call for a Boulevardier if it’s a reputable-seeming cocktail bar. If you’re at a Mexican joint, know a tequila that you like and order it on the rocks. If someone comes into my bar and asks for a pina colada, I’ll probably double over.” – Tommy Warren, Bedford & Co.

“I never try to make it apparent [that] I am a bartender or work in the industry. However, I oftentimes get nods of acknowledgement or approval from bartenders when I order a Negroni. I like mine with Averna Amaro instead of Sweet Vermouth. I also like to tell the bartender how I like my martini made to the exact specs in fear they won’t make it properly. Most people have no clue how they actually like their martini prepared so to give the bartender all of that information makes life a lot easier on them. Dry Gin, stirred, straight up with an in and out and lemon twist in a chilled glass.” – Cody Goldstein, NYLO

“Negroni or Tom Collins.” – Joy Richard, Bar Mash

“Any Classic. The best one to order is the Vieux Carré. Cognac, Rye, Benedictine, Vermouth, Bitters… what’s not to like? Only the ones who actually know how to drink, know to pronounce this, much less order it. Good lord I just sounded like a douche!” – Warren Bayani, Chao Chao

“If you can order some obscure but not-too-obscure forgotten classic, three ingredients and the truth type of drink, with minimal fuss and or input into how its made, i.e. none, you will be cool. Order a beer and shot in a busy bar at 3 a.m. and I will know that you know what you’re doing, and tip my proverbial hat to you.” – Jacob Ryan, Four Pillars Brand Ambassador

“Whatever it is that you order, make sure you know the drink, know the ingredients, and know how you like it, but don’t overstate the obvious. If you like a Martini 50/50 (that means equal parts vermouth to gin) you can ask for a gin preference or request a twist over an olive, but you don’t need to ask the bartender to stir it, as that is how the drink should be made. This is, of course, if you are in the right kind of bar to order this. Don’t walk into your neighborhood dive and ask for a cocktail or you will probably get an eyeroll, if you are lucky, and a glass of swill if you aren’t. Don’t try to stump the bartender or order something you once had at another cocktail bar expecting the person to have an unlimited rolodex of every drink ever made by anyone ever. That’s like requesting a cover band to play you a song off your friend’s E.P. Generally, you will look like a boss if you take the guidance of your bartender and you pay attention to what they tell you.” – Tonia Guffey, Dram Bar

“A Vieux Carré is complex, subtle, and delicious, and I’m always pleased to see guests enjoying them.” – Meghan Kelleher, Distilled

“A Negroni. It’s the go-to for many sophisticated drinkers and any great bartender will make a respectable one.” – John McCarthy, Graydon House


10 Bartenders Tell Us the Drinks You Should Order to Look Like a Boss

Ever wonder what your bartender is thinking when you place an order for that pineapple-based beverage or generic glass of house wine? We picked the brains of 10 bartenders across the country to let us in on what drink you should order to look like you know a thing or two about cocktails. Now does this really matter? Of course not. Here at VinePair, we believe in drinking what you love, whatever that beverage may be. If you love a good dive bar Piña Colada, you just keep doing you. But if you’re curious what to order to look like a boss, the verdict is in.

“A stinger! Cognac, Creme de Menthe served up. When made right, unbeatable. That’s a boss after-dinner drink or after-8 drink.” – Gina Chersevani, Buffalo & Bergen at Union Market

“While I’d normally sing the praises of a Sazerac in this section, I’m going to go in a different direction: the Jasmine. It’s a shaken classic composed of Gin, Campari, lemon juice and Cointreau, and it’s served up. It’s not a common order, so you look like you know something unusual, but nearly every bar should have all of these ingredients, so you’re not forcing your bartender to scramble around to make your ego a point. It’s pink and served up, so if you’re a guy and you order this, you demonstrate that you’re not buying into some stupid idea of “girly” drinks, and though it’s pink, it is in fact a bone dry cocktail, so you’ve got “citrusy, not too sweet” totally covered. This cocktail is a win on every front.” – Lana Gailani, Seamstress & Holiday Cocktail Lounge

Everything You Can Order Online To Stock Your Home Bar For The Long Haul

“While I certainly don’t condone this behavior and can smell it a mile away (don’t worry, junior exec, I won’t blow up your spot) you should go with the trends without being too obvious. And most importantly, know where you are! I’d say call for a Boulevardier if it’s a reputable-seeming cocktail bar. If you’re at a Mexican joint, know a tequila that you like and order it on the rocks. If someone comes into my bar and asks for a pina colada, I’ll probably double over.” – Tommy Warren, Bedford & Co.

“I never try to make it apparent [that] I am a bartender or work in the industry. However, I oftentimes get nods of acknowledgement or approval from bartenders when I order a Negroni. I like mine with Averna Amaro instead of Sweet Vermouth. I also like to tell the bartender how I like my martini made to the exact specs in fear they won’t make it properly. Most people have no clue how they actually like their martini prepared so to give the bartender all of that information makes life a lot easier on them. Dry Gin, stirred, straight up with an in and out and lemon twist in a chilled glass.” – Cody Goldstein, NYLO

“Negroni or Tom Collins.” – Joy Richard, Bar Mash

“Any Classic. The best one to order is the Vieux Carré. Cognac, Rye, Benedictine, Vermouth, Bitters… what’s not to like? Only the ones who actually know how to drink, know to pronounce this, much less order it. Good lord I just sounded like a douche!” – Warren Bayani, Chao Chao

“If you can order some obscure but not-too-obscure forgotten classic, three ingredients and the truth type of drink, with minimal fuss and or input into how its made, i.e. none, you will be cool. Order a beer and shot in a busy bar at 3 a.m. and I will know that you know what you’re doing, and tip my proverbial hat to you.” – Jacob Ryan, Four Pillars Brand Ambassador

“Whatever it is that you order, make sure you know the drink, know the ingredients, and know how you like it, but don’t overstate the obvious. If you like a Martini 50/50 (that means equal parts vermouth to gin) you can ask for a gin preference or request a twist over an olive, but you don’t need to ask the bartender to stir it, as that is how the drink should be made. This is, of course, if you are in the right kind of bar to order this. Don’t walk into your neighborhood dive and ask for a cocktail or you will probably get an eyeroll, if you are lucky, and a glass of swill if you aren’t. Don’t try to stump the bartender or order something you once had at another cocktail bar expecting the person to have an unlimited rolodex of every drink ever made by anyone ever. That’s like requesting a cover band to play you a song off your friend’s E.P. Generally, you will look like a boss if you take the guidance of your bartender and you pay attention to what they tell you.” – Tonia Guffey, Dram Bar

“A Vieux Carré is complex, subtle, and delicious, and I’m always pleased to see guests enjoying them.” – Meghan Kelleher, Distilled

“A Negroni. It’s the go-to for many sophisticated drinkers and any great bartender will make a respectable one.” – John McCarthy, Graydon House


10 Bartenders Tell Us the Drinks You Should Order to Look Like a Boss

Ever wonder what your bartender is thinking when you place an order for that pineapple-based beverage or generic glass of house wine? We picked the brains of 10 bartenders across the country to let us in on what drink you should order to look like you know a thing or two about cocktails. Now does this really matter? Of course not. Here at VinePair, we believe in drinking what you love, whatever that beverage may be. If you love a good dive bar Piña Colada, you just keep doing you. But if you’re curious what to order to look like a boss, the verdict is in.

“A stinger! Cognac, Creme de Menthe served up. When made right, unbeatable. That’s a boss after-dinner drink or after-8 drink.” – Gina Chersevani, Buffalo & Bergen at Union Market

“While I’d normally sing the praises of a Sazerac in this section, I’m going to go in a different direction: the Jasmine. It’s a shaken classic composed of Gin, Campari, lemon juice and Cointreau, and it’s served up. It’s not a common order, so you look like you know something unusual, but nearly every bar should have all of these ingredients, so you’re not forcing your bartender to scramble around to make your ego a point. It’s pink and served up, so if you’re a guy and you order this, you demonstrate that you’re not buying into some stupid idea of “girly” drinks, and though it’s pink, it is in fact a bone dry cocktail, so you’ve got “citrusy, not too sweet” totally covered. This cocktail is a win on every front.” – Lana Gailani, Seamstress & Holiday Cocktail Lounge

Everything You Can Order Online To Stock Your Home Bar For The Long Haul

“While I certainly don’t condone this behavior and can smell it a mile away (don’t worry, junior exec, I won’t blow up your spot) you should go with the trends without being too obvious. And most importantly, know where you are! I’d say call for a Boulevardier if it’s a reputable-seeming cocktail bar. If you’re at a Mexican joint, know a tequila that you like and order it on the rocks. If someone comes into my bar and asks for a pina colada, I’ll probably double over.” – Tommy Warren, Bedford & Co.

“I never try to make it apparent [that] I am a bartender or work in the industry. However, I oftentimes get nods of acknowledgement or approval from bartenders when I order a Negroni. I like mine with Averna Amaro instead of Sweet Vermouth. I also like to tell the bartender how I like my martini made to the exact specs in fear they won’t make it properly. Most people have no clue how they actually like their martini prepared so to give the bartender all of that information makes life a lot easier on them. Dry Gin, stirred, straight up with an in and out and lemon twist in a chilled glass.” – Cody Goldstein, NYLO

“Negroni or Tom Collins.” – Joy Richard, Bar Mash

“Any Classic. The best one to order is the Vieux Carré. Cognac, Rye, Benedictine, Vermouth, Bitters… what’s not to like? Only the ones who actually know how to drink, know to pronounce this, much less order it. Good lord I just sounded like a douche!” – Warren Bayani, Chao Chao

“If you can order some obscure but not-too-obscure forgotten classic, three ingredients and the truth type of drink, with minimal fuss and or input into how its made, i.e. none, you will be cool. Order a beer and shot in a busy bar at 3 a.m. and I will know that you know what you’re doing, and tip my proverbial hat to you.” – Jacob Ryan, Four Pillars Brand Ambassador

“Whatever it is that you order, make sure you know the drink, know the ingredients, and know how you like it, but don’t overstate the obvious. If you like a Martini 50/50 (that means equal parts vermouth to gin) you can ask for a gin preference or request a twist over an olive, but you don’t need to ask the bartender to stir it, as that is how the drink should be made. This is, of course, if you are in the right kind of bar to order this. Don’t walk into your neighborhood dive and ask for a cocktail or you will probably get an eyeroll, if you are lucky, and a glass of swill if you aren’t. Don’t try to stump the bartender or order something you once had at another cocktail bar expecting the person to have an unlimited rolodex of every drink ever made by anyone ever. That’s like requesting a cover band to play you a song off your friend’s E.P. Generally, you will look like a boss if you take the guidance of your bartender and you pay attention to what they tell you.” – Tonia Guffey, Dram Bar

“A Vieux Carré is complex, subtle, and delicious, and I’m always pleased to see guests enjoying them.” – Meghan Kelleher, Distilled

“A Negroni. It’s the go-to for many sophisticated drinkers and any great bartender will make a respectable one.” – John McCarthy, Graydon House


10 Bartenders Tell Us the Drinks You Should Order to Look Like a Boss

Ever wonder what your bartender is thinking when you place an order for that pineapple-based beverage or generic glass of house wine? We picked the brains of 10 bartenders across the country to let us in on what drink you should order to look like you know a thing or two about cocktails. Now does this really matter? Of course not. Here at VinePair, we believe in drinking what you love, whatever that beverage may be. If you love a good dive bar Piña Colada, you just keep doing you. But if you’re curious what to order to look like a boss, the verdict is in.

“A stinger! Cognac, Creme de Menthe served up. When made right, unbeatable. That’s a boss after-dinner drink or after-8 drink.” – Gina Chersevani, Buffalo & Bergen at Union Market

“While I’d normally sing the praises of a Sazerac in this section, I’m going to go in a different direction: the Jasmine. It’s a shaken classic composed of Gin, Campari, lemon juice and Cointreau, and it’s served up. It’s not a common order, so you look like you know something unusual, but nearly every bar should have all of these ingredients, so you’re not forcing your bartender to scramble around to make your ego a point. It’s pink and served up, so if you’re a guy and you order this, you demonstrate that you’re not buying into some stupid idea of “girly” drinks, and though it’s pink, it is in fact a bone dry cocktail, so you’ve got “citrusy, not too sweet” totally covered. This cocktail is a win on every front.” – Lana Gailani, Seamstress & Holiday Cocktail Lounge

Everything You Can Order Online To Stock Your Home Bar For The Long Haul

“While I certainly don’t condone this behavior and can smell it a mile away (don’t worry, junior exec, I won’t blow up your spot) you should go with the trends without being too obvious. And most importantly, know where you are! I’d say call for a Boulevardier if it’s a reputable-seeming cocktail bar. If you’re at a Mexican joint, know a tequila that you like and order it on the rocks. If someone comes into my bar and asks for a pina colada, I’ll probably double over.” – Tommy Warren, Bedford & Co.

“I never try to make it apparent [that] I am a bartender or work in the industry. However, I oftentimes get nods of acknowledgement or approval from bartenders when I order a Negroni. I like mine with Averna Amaro instead of Sweet Vermouth. I also like to tell the bartender how I like my martini made to the exact specs in fear they won’t make it properly. Most people have no clue how they actually like their martini prepared so to give the bartender all of that information makes life a lot easier on them. Dry Gin, stirred, straight up with an in and out and lemon twist in a chilled glass.” – Cody Goldstein, NYLO

“Negroni or Tom Collins.” – Joy Richard, Bar Mash

“Any Classic. The best one to order is the Vieux Carré. Cognac, Rye, Benedictine, Vermouth, Bitters… what’s not to like? Only the ones who actually know how to drink, know to pronounce this, much less order it. Good lord I just sounded like a douche!” – Warren Bayani, Chao Chao

“If you can order some obscure but not-too-obscure forgotten classic, three ingredients and the truth type of drink, with minimal fuss and or input into how its made, i.e. none, you will be cool. Order a beer and shot in a busy bar at 3 a.m. and I will know that you know what you’re doing, and tip my proverbial hat to you.” – Jacob Ryan, Four Pillars Brand Ambassador

“Whatever it is that you order, make sure you know the drink, know the ingredients, and know how you like it, but don’t overstate the obvious. If you like a Martini 50/50 (that means equal parts vermouth to gin) you can ask for a gin preference or request a twist over an olive, but you don’t need to ask the bartender to stir it, as that is how the drink should be made. This is, of course, if you are in the right kind of bar to order this. Don’t walk into your neighborhood dive and ask for a cocktail or you will probably get an eyeroll, if you are lucky, and a glass of swill if you aren’t. Don’t try to stump the bartender or order something you once had at another cocktail bar expecting the person to have an unlimited rolodex of every drink ever made by anyone ever. That’s like requesting a cover band to play you a song off your friend’s E.P. Generally, you will look like a boss if you take the guidance of your bartender and you pay attention to what they tell you.” – Tonia Guffey, Dram Bar

“A Vieux Carré is complex, subtle, and delicious, and I’m always pleased to see guests enjoying them.” – Meghan Kelleher, Distilled

“A Negroni. It’s the go-to for many sophisticated drinkers and any great bartender will make a respectable one.” – John McCarthy, Graydon House


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