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Drinks to avoid ordering at pubs: Bartenders spill secrets

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Bartenders have revealed which alcoholic beverages they wouldn't dare to order themselves in any pub. They pointed out nuances that most people don't think about, writes New York Post.

According to Daniel Yeom, the general manager of a wine shop and bar in Santa Monica is cautious about draft beer or a glass of wine in pubs.

Visitors truly don't know when the pub's ventilation system was last cleaned, and there may be an unpleasant situation with fruit flies and trash. Therefore, there is a risk of getting a drink that is not as refreshing as you hoped for.

During warm weather, no establishment can do without thorough cleaning and flushing of systems because, on average, up to 10 barrels are sold per day. However, during the cold season, beer is ordered less frequently, so cleaning is irregular. There is a risk not only of encountering a dirty system but also of getting an expired beverage.

A glass of wine seems like a safer option, but only if the wine was opened right in front of you. Otherwise, who knows how long the bottle has been open.

In such situations, Daniel recommends opting for a classic gin or whiskey with soda.

No bartender ever orders a Long Island Iced Tea cocktail. The famous cocktail has an impressive effect, including vodka, white rum, tequila, gin, triple sec, giving visitors more bang for their buck.

"Most customers just want it because it’s strong and they’re looking to get drunk quickly," warned Lauren Lennihan, director of a cafe and bar in New York.

But many bartenders refuse to make such a cocktail because it's not worth the money spent on it.

Espresso Martini is a trendy drink, but it's worth avoiding it in places where there is no real espresso.

"Most bars are not equipped with a decent espresso machine and the coffee might be old and sitting for a long time behind the bar," warns bartender Alejandro Echeverria.

A caffeinated drink can harm your health in many ways. It requires fresh espresso, vodka, Kahlua, and simple syrup, but in some bars, fresh coffee is replaced with chilled drip or cold beer. Therefore, the result is often disappointing.

"Most of the time it comes out unbalanced and flat or bitter. It’s a really tricky cocktail to pull off. From the quality of ingredients to the consistency of the shake, every factor can affect the end result," added Alejandro.

Bartenders also advise against ordering a Margarita - the favorite cocktail of many women. It seems like this cocktail is hard to ruin - just shake tequila, lime juice, triple sec, and ice. But bartenders often try to improve it and may add various liqueurs and sour juice.

It's not advisable to order Guinness beer in a large and crowded pub because it requires a perfect two-component pour from a nitrogen tap. However, in a quiet and calm place where the bartender is not in a hurry, it's okay.

Earlier, we wrote about why red wine can cause a headache.