Everyone wants to make a good impression whether it is out on a date, at a business dinner or getting together with some new friends at a bar. When you are out with someone you have just met, order a drink that gives them an idea of your personality but will also impress with the presentation and ingredients. One rule of thumb is not to order anything with fruit while on a first date unless it is a fruit puree or a margarita at a Mexican restaurant. Another drink to stay away from are shots of any kind. In a recent study, 27 % of those individuals asked said that if their date ordered a shot, they would be turned off immediately. Another good rule to follow would be to stay away from suggestively named drinks with someone you don’t know. Ordering a drink called ‘sex on the beach’ is probably not appropriate when you are out with a potential client. It might be a good idea to research the drinks ahead of time, so you know exactly what you are going to order without having to think too much. The following drinks are classy, and sophisticated and will have your companion thinking you are the same.
1. Old Fashioned
This drink was made popular with the modern set because of shows set in the 1950s like Mad Men, which portrayed a large number of mixed drinks that dated back to the 19th and 20th centuries. An Old Fashioned is made with bitters, whisky and a lump of sugar. You can garnish it with a lemon peel or maraschino cherries to fancy it up. It is always impressive if you know the type of whiskey you prefer in your drink ahead of time.
2. Espresso Martini
The espresso martini is a relatively new drink and was designed by a bartender in the 1980s in England when a model walked into the bar and asked for something “to wake me up”. Espresso martinis are made with premium vodka so you may be asked what kind of vodka you want it to be made with. It is a good idea to research ahead of time so you can give your preferred vodka without batting an eye. When you want a little boost of energy while you are out, this is a great drink to order. To enjoy the same taste at home, try a canned espresso martini made with high-quality, glu
3. Gin and Tonic
Always a favorite at any party, this drink is simple and elegant and won’t have anyone thinking twice when you order it. This cocktail consists of 3 ingredients, gin, tonic water and ice. You can ask for a garnish of lime or lemon for color, but otherwise, it is an understated and dependable drink which shows your companion that you are not ostentatious and have refined tastes.
4. Dark and Stormy
This drink is made of dark rum and ginger beer, hence the dark and stormy name. Ordering this drink will sound impressive and more than a little mysterious. This is another traditional drink that should be available and most bars and restaurants, but you still might want to sneak a look at the drinks menu ahead of time to make sure you don’t get a blank face from the server, and never try to tell them how to make it.
This drink is always fun to order when you are out with someone new or business associates because it always sparks interest in the name and stimulates conversation. This cocktail is made with cognac, orange liqueur and lemon juice so it makes for a good drink after a meal as it is sweet. In some versions of the origin story, the drink’s name comes from an American army captain in World War I who used to drive around a motorcycle with a sidecar while stationed in France. The drink was said to have been invented by this captain and then brought to England by a bartender who improved upon the original recipe with a second version of the drink. Depending on who you ask, many people take credit for creating it so it can create a lively conversation.
It is always a good idea to put your best foot forward in any social gathering, but more so if you are going out with someone you have just met, or need to impress. Ordering the right kind of cocktail can go a long way to showing the kind of person you are and that you are sophisticated and classy. Unless you are out at a rowdy sports bar with buddies, or a kegger with pals, one of these cocktails should help you impress your companion and set the mood for the evening.