Instant Expert!: Cocktails from A to Z

Learn all you need to know about cocktails, including bartender basics, must-have bar tools and common drink ingredients in our A to Z cocktail and bartender guide.

Text by Rebecca Flint Marx and Stacy Adimando

Pick-a Liquor Ginger Cocktail
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N is for Neat and O is for On the Rocks

"NEAT" is when a spirit is served plain (undiluted and unchilled) and should not be confused with one that's "straight up," which means chilled with ice, then strained into a glass.

"ON THE ROCKS" is the opposite of neat and is when a spirit is poured over ice cubes or "rocks" like in our Pick-a Liquor Ginger Cocktail.

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