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Bartenders Are Sharing The Best Drinks That People Never Order And I Feel Changed By This Knowledge

"I've never seen someone unhappy when I make them their first one. I consider that drink the bridge to craft cocktails."

Do you ever walk up to the bar only to find yourself completely tongue-tied and unable to decide on a drink? We've all been there. So Redditor u/ThorsFather took one for the team and asked, "Bartenders: What's the best drink we've *never* had?"


And they came through! Here are some excellent cocktails to work into your drink rotation once bars fully open back up again:

1. French 75

French75 cocktails in Champagne flutes with lemon.
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"1 ounce gin, 3 ounces champagne, a half ounce of simple syrup, and a half ounce of lemon juice. You can garnish with a lemon twist." β€”u/deleted

"Definitely my favorite cocktail. Very classy, especially when correctly served in a champagne flute." β€”u/SomethingOriginal5

2. The Colorado Bulldog

"It's just a white Russian with a splash of cola. Delicious." β€”u/peteisneat

3. Aviation

A purple Aviation on a bar countertop.
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"Gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, and lemon juice." —u/ShinjukuAce

"I've never seen someone unhappy when I make them their first aviation. I consider that drink the bridge to craft cocktail nerdiness." β€”u/BSRussell

4. The Seven Seas

"A splash of the first seven things the bartender sees." β€”u/kedavo

5. Pimm's Cup

Two Pimm's Cups with lime and strawberries.
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"2 ounces Pimm's No. 1, 1/4 ounces fresh lemon juice, ginger ale, and ice cubes. Garnish with a cucumber." β€”u/Ihastimeforthat

6. The Pickleback

"Sounds disgusting, tastes amazing. The most dangerous drink on the planet due to how fast and thoughtlessly it can be consumed. It's a shot of whiskey and a shot of kosher dill pickle brine. Drink them, in that order. The brine shot is like a Mr. Clean magic eraser for your tongue. But don't mess up the order or use the wrong pickles β€” it will be gross!" β€”u/imadeup

7. Gin & Tonic

Gin and Tonic with whole black pepper, lemon rind, and cucumber.
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Got talked into trying a gin & tonic with a sprinkle of pepper and a piece of cucumber in it. Absolutely delicious." β€”u/Trax123

"Gin and tonic with muddled jalapeΓ±o. I was not expecting it to be so amazing." β€”u/bobsaid

8. Honey Whiskey On The Rocks

"It's the manliest 'girly' drink." β€”u/madpixie

9. Caipirinha

A Caipirinha with limes.
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"Muddle sugar with a whole lime and cachaca, a Brazil style of rum. Leblon is a popular brand you should be able to find." β€”u/Baron42

10. The Toronto

"2 ounces rye whiskey, 1/4 ounce fernet (Branca typically preferred), 1/4 ounce simple syrup, dash of bitters. I usually toss a little extra fernet in because I love how it cuts the rye. I can't get enough of this." β€”u/z_smalls

11. Dark and Stormy

A dark and stormy cocktail with lime.
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"2 oz dark rum, 4 oz ginger beer, ice, and a lime wedge." β€”u/1234454

"Best drink I had was a modification of this made with dark and light rum, lime juice, muddled ginger, and ice. It was shaken, poured, and then floated with ginger beer. They called it a Monsoon. The muddled fresh ginger took this thing to the next level." β€”u/schrodingersays

12. Burt Reynolds

"Served in a shot glass: 50% spiced rum, 50% butter ripple Schnapps." β€”u/DevmasterJ

"I just call this 'maple syrup' β€” and can confirm it is delicious." β€”u/QuinnMallory

13. Negroni

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"The Negroni. Equal parts gin, campari, and sweet vermouth chilled and served up with an orange rind." β€”u/watch_listen_eat

"A good negroni is a very underrated drink. It throws people because it's not sweet but it's very complex. I like mine with a shake of bitters." β€”u/knucklehead88

14. Sailor Jerry's

"Spiced rum, cherry cola, and orange juice. It'll change you." β€”u/dialzforzombies

15. Vieux Carre

A Vieux Carre on a bar counter.
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"If you like a Manhattan, then the Vieux Carre is right in your wheel house. 3/4 ounce rye whiskey, 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth, 3/4 ounce cognac, bar spoon of Benedictine, two dashes Peychaud's and Angostura bitters. Stir and serve over ice in a rocks glass." β€”u/AtticusFinch1962

16. The After Eight

"Half shot of crème de menthe, shot of Tia Maria, shot of amaretto. Topped with Coca Cola. Tastes like mint chocolate." —u/gunnerspowpow

17. Daiquiri

A lime daiquiri in a coupe.
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"For a real daquiri (read: not blended with ice into a slurpee): 3 parts white rum, 1.5 parts fresh-squeezed lime juice, 1 part simple syrup. Shake with ice and strain." β€”u/seattleque

18. Tequila Ginger Ale

"Sounds terrible, but it is actually stupidly good, and it's one of the very few drinks that gets better with time. It mellows out more and more as the ice melts. Lime is critical. Final result is a refreshing drink that goes down easily." β€”u/CorneliusVan

19. Clover Club

A clover club with fresh raspberries.
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"Small handful of fresh raspberries and 2 lime wedges, muddled. 2 oz gin, 1/2 oz simple syrup, and 1 egg white. Shake with ice, then strain it into a martini glass." β€”u/deleted

20. Boulevardiar

"It's an adaption of a negroni made with equal parts bourbon, Campari and sweet vermouth. Squeeze some orange into it. Boom! It's sweet, bitter, and dry. Perfection. And on the same theme: a mezcal negroni. Equal parts mezcal, Aperol, and sweet vermouth β€” with grapefruit this time." β€”u/spleenwriter

21. Sidecar

A Sidecar cocktail in a coupe glass.
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"Cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice." β€”u/ShinjukuAce

"For a twist on the sidecar, try .the Cuban Sidecar 1:1:1 ratio of clear rum, lime juice, and triple sec." β€”u/samsquared

22. Rumchata and Cinnamon Whiskey Shot

"Mix equal amounts into a shot, and enjoy the taste of Cinnamon Toast Crunch in alcohol form." β€”u/Kitchen_Explosion

23. Whiskey Sour

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"I make mine with Maker's Mark, but rye works well too." β€”u/Herbie555

24. Sazerac

"2 ounces rye whiskey, 3 dashes Peychaud's Bitters, 1 sugar cube or 1 teaspoon simple syrup, and a splash of absinthe. Garnish with a lemon twist." β€”u/LiterallyOuttoLunch

"It's like an Old-Fashioned but with an extra ingredient and a lemon instead of orange." β€”u/doomgoblin

25. Moscow Mule

A Moscow Mule in a copper mug.
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"2 ounces vodka, 1 ounce fresh lime juice, 4 ounces ginger beer, and crushed ice. It's supposed to be served in a copper cup, but it's not necessary." β€”u/sLangR

"Or, a Texas mule: Tito's vodka, ginger beer, crushed jalapeΓ±os." β€”u/passeriformes

26. The Greyhound

"Gin and grapefruit. Amazing." β€”u/milky_moon

27. Aperol Spritz

An Aperol Spritz.
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"It's an Italian drink of 3 ounces prosecco, 1.5 ounces Aperol, a splash of soda water, and an orange wedge over ice." β€”u/winterscuming

28. Ramos Gin Fizz

"Cream, egg white, gin, orange blossom essence. Tastes like a creamsicle." β€”u/littlelightgiver

29. Smoky Margarita

A Margarita with a salt rim.
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"Tequila, lime, honey or agave, and smoky mezcal." β€”u/Not_Homeless

Do you have a favorite cocktail that wasn't mentioned? Tell us in the comments below!

Note: Some responses were edited for length or clarity.