If your favorite drink is the drink that your best friend’s mom’s boyfriend’s daughter made up and named herself, please do not be surprised when your bartender has never heard of it before.
Last night as I was working, a person ordered a drink from me called a Blonde Barbie. When I asked her what was in a Blonde Barbie, the patron said, “You’ve never heard of a Blonde Barbie? Who taught you how to bartend?”
…think for a minute how many made up recipes there are in this world. There is no way your bartender will automatically know them all. It is not like there is a drink recipe database in your bartender’s brain that updates every hour with the most recent made up drink recipes. There is no ‘What’s Hot’ category or ‘Alphabetical Listing’ for your bartender to mentally search. Although, that would be amazing.
Most bartenders love learning how to make new drinks, and would probably love to know how to you make your version of a Blonde Barbie. When you go to order it, however, please realize that if it is a drink that isn’t commonly known, your bartender may not know how to make it. Do not look at him or her funny, have a bad attitude, or sulk in sadness because your favorite drink is never going to replace the Cosmopolitan. If the bartender does not know how to make the drink, TELL THEM HOW TO MAKE IT. Odds are, the next time you go to that bar, the bartender will make you your Blonde Barbie before you even ask for it.