Sure You Don't Want That Neat?
"Someone ordered Laphroaig Quarter Cask scotch and Red Bull from me last week. That's a very smokey, peaty scotch...with energy drink. But who am I to judge?" — Brandon Sornberger (Io West)
Good Luck With Those
"It's hard to ruffle feathers with a drink order, but I've heard some strange ones. The guy who came in to the West Village cocktail bar I was working and ordered 4 Mind Erasers for him, his parents and his girlfriend is definitely up there..." —Dan Sabo (Five Leaves)
The Taste of Pink, Not the Color
"I was once asked to make a drink that tasted like the color pink. They did not want the drink to be the color pink, but to make a drink that I thought would represent the essence of the color pink. I crushed it, but couldn't tell you exactly what I made, because I never wanted to make it again so I didn't write any specs down." —Hector Santa Cruz (Neat, Bow & Truss)
That's Not Really A Mixer
"When I worked in Boston at the late Persephone, someone once asked me for a Hennessy and Vitamin Water. I reacted quickly and asked him what flavor of Vitamin Water he wanted. The best part about this exchange was that I was actually able to stump HIM." — Jeff "Chewy" Chouinard (Lincoln Ristorante)
"May I have a blended white zinfandel in a beer glass please?" —Brian Means (Fifth Floor)
One Eight Hundred...
"1-800 Tequila (It took me a minute to realize the dumbass was asking for 1800—pronounced "Eighteen Hundred" for all of you under 21—Tequila)." —Molly Prather (Little Dom's)
That's Not Red Wine
"More than odd drink requests, I've just had people have no idea what they were ordering. Had a gentleman order a Sazerac once, when I handed it to him he thought he had ordered red wine." —James Romer (Wirtshaus)
Blame It On Vegas
"The most unusual drink request was a guy who came into the bar looking for a gin and milk with soda. I've never seen it befotre or since. I was working in vegas at the time, so I guess nothing should surprise when it comes to that..." —Billy "Bonefish" Fannemel (Couloir Restaurant, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort)