Monday, July 11, 2011

Monday Manners: Rule #9: Don't Change the Classics

Rule #9: Classic drink recipes shouldn't be altered in secret

A Manhattan is not made with cloves. A Margarita shouldn't have mint leaves floating in it. At least not in the traditional recipes. When it comes to creating original cocktails, I don't care if you mix in spaghetti and meatballs. But if your guest wants a Manhattan and you make it with cloves, you need to print that in the cocktail menu or alert her to the additional ingredient when she places the order. The consequence can be a wasted drink when she sends it back or the loss of a returning customer.

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