Saturday, July 23, 2011

Vodka Collins. Extra Lime?

*Interesting drink order of the day edition*

Last night was a moderately busy night and mostly uneventful. I did have an interesting drink order and wanted to share the experience. A couple approached the bar and the female half ordered a vodka collins with extra lime. After taking the husband's order I began to prepare the drinks. Finally her order sank in. I looked to her and said "Just to clarify, you ordered a vodka collins with extra lime." She said yes. I replied "You know a collins is made with lemon right?" She replied "Yes, I just prefer lime." Hey, customers always right so I made her drink exactly as I would a vodka collins. She drank it, liked it, and ordered another. As I talked to both of them, I said "Listen, I will make your drink however you want but can I make a suggestion?" The said "Sure". So I told them "What you're really drinking is a lightly sweetened Vodka Rickey. It's a drink most good bartenders will know. Just might make it easier for you to order by asking for a sweet vodka rickey." They thanks me and said they didn't realize that. Another happy and educated customer!

So what is a Rickey? Lime rickeys or gin rickeys or the most popular. Originally it was made with bourbon. It is just a variation of the highball aka the world's easiest cocktail.

The Vodka Rickey I made for her last night:

1 1/2 oz vodka
juice of 1/2 lime
dash of simple syrup
club soda

Muddle the lime and simple syrup in the bottom of a Collins glass. Fill with ice and pour vodka. Top with club soda. Stir and garnish with another lime.