Know your Algonguin from your El Diablo
Sometimes it can appear that us bartenders are speaking in a foreign tongue, this page helps to get us all speaking the same language.
Not just Tom Selleck's hunky private investigator but also the name given to a double size wine bottle (1.5lt).
Here's a useful list of bottle sizes:
Standard - 1 Bottle
Magnum - 2 Bottles
Jeroboam - 4 Bottles (Champagne & Burgundy) / 6 Bottles (Bordeaux)
Rehoboam - 6 Bottles (Champagne & Burgindy)
Methuselah - 8 Bottles
Salmanazar - 12 Bottles
Balthazar - 16 Bottles
Nebuchadnezzar - 20 Bottles
Melchior - 24 Bottles
NB: Sized shown those universally used across the wine industry, although Chapagne bottles can range up to 40 Bottles in size (Melchizedek).
The Mash is what whisk(e)y producers call their recipe of ingredients, often referred to as the Mash Bill.
Medium refers to the weight, or the body, of the rum and not the colour; although more often than not medium bodied rums with be gold in colour.
Non-alcoholic drinks that make up the bulk of a long cocktail. i.e mineral water, soda, tonic water, ginger ale, etc...
A glass jug for the mixing (stirring) of cocktail that has no handle.
A spoon holding about the same amount as a teaspoon but with a very long handle for stirring. May also have a muddlers disc on base. Also called a Barspoon.
The nickname for a cocktail bartender.
The act of crushing fruit, sugar etc with a muddler, or muddling stick as it is often referred to.
A muddler, or muddling stick, is used to crush fruit, sugar etc to extract flavour.