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The 49 Bits of Booze Jargon Every Drinker Needs To Know

on 18/06/12 at 9:12 am

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Jargon is technology. Language was created for communication, and sharing a set of slang makes it all the more efficient. A drink order to a bartender needs to be a particularly quick and clear statement. If not, you’re going to look like a novice, and you’re not going to get the drink you want. And the booze snobs will rub it in your face.

So learn these fundamentals of the saloon lexicon. You’ll look like a smart, sophisticated drinker, and more importantly, your libation will be served the way you want it.

It’s Friday afternoon, you’ve made it through the long week, and it’s time for Happy Hour, Gizmodo’s weekly booze column. A cocktail shaker full of innovation, science, and alcohol. Increase your vocabulary and slur your speech more smarterly.

ABV: n. Stands for alcohol by volume, or the percentage of alcohol in the solution. ABV equals 1/2 of the spirit’s proof.

Back: n. A small, non-alcoholic drink, like water or soda. Sip it alongside a drink you ordered neat.

Bruised: adj. A drink that has been overshaken and thus has more water than normal. It may appear murkier.