When you go up to a bar to order a drink, you want to project a certain nonchalant yet decisive elegance with the bartender that shows her that you’ve been here before and you know what you’re doing.
The goal is steely-eyed, white-jacketed, Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca-like cool certainty, as opposed to waffling or floundering or acting like goofy Clarence the Angel ordering a flaming rum punch at Nick’s, the hard-drinking bar in the alternative, George Bailey-free universe.
Knowing how to correctly pronounce the drink you’re ordering sure helps.
Would you know how to order a caipirinha, which the national drink of Brazil? Made with sugarcane distilled spirits called Cachaca, lime, and sugar, it packs a lethal punch and is pronounced kai-pee-reen-ya. Or let’s suppose you were up in Sweden during its endless, dark winter and wanted to warm yourself with a glass of traditional mulled wine, called glogg (with an umlaut over the o, too). Appropriately, it’s pronounced glug, which should be easy to remember after you’ve swilled down two or three of them, because Swedish mulled wine tends to have a lot more alcohol than the American version. Or let’s say you’re in a somewhat daintier mood, and feel like having a sgroppino to top off your meal. That’s an Italian concoction of Prosecco, vodka, and lemon sorbet that’s pronounced sro-pee-no. (You wouldn’t want to order that one at Nick’s, by the way.)
Hospitality Training Solutions has provided a guide to the correct pronunciation of these and other cocktails, to ensure that you project an image more like Bogie and less like Clarence the next time you belly up to the bar. And remember, too — people rarely mispronounce beer.