When heading out to our favorite watering holes with our friends, we usually already have an idea of what we’re going to order before we approach the bar. You know, everyone has their drink. But as someone who has manned the taps for over a decade at some of Chicago’s most famous watering holes—and was the head of bar research and development for the acclaimed restaurant group Hogsalt and currently works at the Chicago Athletic Association’s Cindy’s—I’ve made a lot of drinks.
I mean, a lot.
Even though my own opinion of what you should be drinking is negligible (after all, you are paying me to provide you the hooch), I’ve compiled a list of drinks that rub most bartenders the wrong way. Order them if you must, but I’ve offered some pretty tasty alternatives to up your cocktail game.
Here’s a list of the top five drinks you should reconsider ordering before making a final decision about what you’re going to sip for the evening...and why.