19 Bartenders Reveal Underrated Drinks Everyone Should Try Once

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What’s your go-to drink when you’re spending a night on the town?

Chances are you’ve been ordering the exact same thing for years.

And your bartender is probably judging you.

Put down the vodka cran! Throw out the rum and coke! It’s time to discover your new favorite drink. A recent AskReddit thread asked bartenders to share their favorite underrated drinks, and honestly? They all sound pretty darn delicious. Why not try a couple next time you’re out? (As always, please enjoy these tasty drink recipes responsibly!)

French 75 — Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, sparkling wine

French 75’s. Just be careful, they can sneak up on ya!dcbluestar

Tom Collins — Gin, lemon juice, sugar, carbonated water

A Tom Collins! I had my first one at my wedding! And my second through eighth.Arctic_Walrus

Corpse Reviver — Cognac, apple brandy, sweet vermouth

My choice of drink for New Years are Corpse Revivers. It was a precursor to the Bloody Mary in that it was supposed to cure a hangover according to the original recipe. You were supposed to drink 5 of them in quick succession to cure the hangover. I don’t know how they did it, but 5 will just about kill me.hatsnatcher23


Palomas. Tequila, grapefruit juice, soda, and lime juice.altaltaltaccount I actually ordered this next one myself the other night and highly recommend it!

Vodka Gimlet — Vodka, lime juice, soda

Vodka Gimlets. My nana told me they were her first experience with alcohol and she liked them so much she slammed eight. Then there was some talk of my papa having to help her with her girdle, and I blocked out the rest.purplecatmeowmeow


The Godfather. Equal parts Amaretto and Bourbon/Scotch Poured directly over ice in a shallow old-fashioned glass. No bullsh*t. Tastes like magic! For those who like their drinks a little sweeter, add cola. It will taste pretty much like an adult Dr. Pepper.RyanMcCartney

Whiskey Smash

Whiskey Smash. In a cocktail shaker, muddle a couple lemon wedges in simple syrup. Add a few mint leaves and an ounce and a half to two ounces of whiskey. Shake and strain over fresh ice. It’s a super refreshing summer drink.bydemons

Sazerac — Rye whiskey, absinthe, Peychaud’s Bitters

If you’re an old-fashioned fan, get all up in the Sazerac. It’s absolutely always going to be one of my biggest benchmarks of any bar I go to. If I wander into any bar that calls themselves a cocktail bar, and they don’t know how to make one, I immediately default to a good ol’ bourbon and coke, because I no longer trust them with anything more complicated. It’s sweet, rich, spicy and all-around gorgeous. This recipe is for Rye Whiskey, but I often prefer cognac if there’s a good one available.Nitrosol

Penicillin — Scotch, honey-ginger syrup, lemon juice

Whiskey Sour and Scotch fans out there, need to go and give the Penicillin a good try. It’s a style of ginger whiskey sour that floats a bit of smokey scotch on top to give it a bit of a bite. Always going to be one of my favorites.Nitrosol This next drink is actually the national cocktail of Brazil!

Caipirinha — cachaça, sugar, lime

From my experience, a surprisingly huge amount of people haven’t even heard about the Caipirinha, but it’s one of the best drinks ever. Just don’t go for the cheapest cachaça.Nisheee

Negroni — Gin, vermouth rosso, Campari

A Negroni. A bartender friend of mine says they call them the Bartender’s Handshake because often other bartenders get them when they go out. Kind of like a secret message that they’re a barkeep too.aggieinoz

Boulevardier — whiskey, vermouth rosso, Campari

I like Negronis, but sometimes I prefer Boulevardiers, but a lot of bartenders have never heard of that. It makes it awkward because I don’t want to be the guy that orders the weird made-up drink, but what are you doing at a bar making Negronis if you don’t also know what a Boulevardier is?laurus85

Snickers Shot

I give everyone a “Snickers” shot when they ask for a surprise (or offer to buy me a shot because it’s my fave). 10ml Kahlua, 10ml Frangelico, 10ml Baileys with salt shaken over the top makes it taste much like a Snickers bar and is great for those who don’t do well with the taste and burn of alcohol. –shan146


An Aviation! It’s a fantastic cocktail.  The recipe is usually 2 ounces of gin, 1/4 ounce of maraschino liqueur, 1/2 ounce of lemon juice, and 1/4 ounce of Crème de Violet. I usually go 1/2 ounce of maraschino liqueur though.archer1151 This next one might surprise you.

Vodka Soda

Vodka soda. I’m serious. Decent vodka, very very cold ice, very very sparkling water, a wedge of lime, done.ts_asum


A shot of Fernet. My bartender friends tend to order this to signal to their bartender that they are also in the industry instead of outright saying anything. Usually also offering to do a shot of Fernet with the bartender (if it’s allowed in your state). Tastes great, and settles the stomach like no other drink can.Beebrains

Hot Buttered Rum

Home bartender here. In the winter, nothing beats a hot buttered rum: Hot water (tea making temp), 6ish oz Shot of dark rum Pat of butter Freshly grated nutmeg (fresh is a must) Cinnamon Dash of allspice Tablespoon of maple syrup A quick stir to melt the butter, Enjoy.tarquynn

Sidecar — Cognac, orange liqueur, lemon juice

A Sidecar. It’s the classic no one seems to have heard of.encogneeto


Bartender/bar owner, and let me tell you: the martini. Proper, traditional. Excellent and easy. Chill a martini glass by loading it with ice and water. In a shaker full of ice, pour in 1.5 oz of your favorite gin. I find Watershed’s Four Peel Gin out of Columbus, Ohio to be my current favorite for this recipe, but seriously whatever gin you enjoy. Next, and this is crucial, add dry vermouth. It makes the drink a little oily and adds a slight sweetness and tang to counterbalance the gin’s flavors. The amount is up to you; I do 1 oz (for a 3 parts gin, 2 parts vermouth martini). Stir this together in the ice. Don’t shake it; it will look nice and homogenous when you stir it. Dump the ice and water from the chilled martini glass. Take the peel of a lemon and rub the outer skin side around the rim of the martini glass. This just adds an amazing aroma of citrus and will delight your nose. Strain the booze, serve with the lemon peel (“twist”) in the glass. Drink, and look dapper as f*ck in your local watering hole.jacobjw2 Share this with someone who’s looking for a new go-to drink!