Even in coolest bars you may be given fewer drinks than necessary; there may be too much ice in a cocktail, and cheaper ingredients can be used in cocktails deliberately. All of this is done in order to save money. How not to be cheated in a bar?
- In an unknown place, ask double drinks in two different glasses: it is less likely that you will be fooled. Such tricks are less likely to be practiced with regular visitors.
- Always ask ice to be brought separately: piles of ice in a glass very often mask a shortage of alcohol.
- The change in small bills that many people are too lazy to count feeds more than one generation of bartenders.
- Diluted martini is easy to distinguish: due to its oily structure it leaves pure streaks on the glass walls, whereas diluted martini leaves droplets.
- To replace expensive vodka with cheap one, it is kept in the freezer: so the differences are less noticeable. This usually happens when you order small portions – ask in advance not to serve it too cold.
- A good whiskey or brandy mixed with cola is a wasted product. The bartender thinks the same and is likely to pour the cheapest drink.