Almost all of us have found ourselves at a bar or two, staring at a pretentious bartender getting way too fancy on a drink that costs $20 and consists of a half-sip of liquid. Or, maybe worse, being presented with a drink that you're pretty sure might actually kill you.
Got us at the bar like:
To help us all avoid making those mistakes, bartenders got together and came up with a top 5 list of need-to-knows. The list is for all of us drinkers, or those of us who love a drinker enough to want them to not spend a ton of money on neon-colored drinks.
These bartenders are the real MVP's.
(5/5) Sour Mix.
That's right, the first thing on the list isn't even actually a drink. We're not at that level yet, people. According to bartender Joe Doose, of Arabella in Chicago, everyone needs to know how to make a properly balanced sour mix. Once you've got it down, you can use it to make things like whiskey sours, margaritas, lemon drops and lemonades.
Move to the next page for more of the list!