Cocktails to order at bars?

Currently interning at a MF, and as I turned 21 over the summer, I never know what to order at happy hours. Any suggestions for "cultured" cocktails, as opposed to the kind of stuff you'd expect college students to drink?

Edit: thanks for the suggestions everyone!

 

Can't go wrong with an old fashioned - screams I work in finance and don't really know cocktails, but the safe choice and you don't want to stand out as the intern ordering crazy stuff at the bar.  If you want to elevate beyond that, would suggest a Manhattan (Old Fashioned minus the sugar water plus vermouth and bitters) or Negroni (campari + gin + vermouth).  

 
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Generally, nobody cares what you order. The caveat being if it is a cocktail (instead of like a glass of wine or a beer), try to stick to 2 ingredients (unless something well known like an Old Fashioned as another poster mentioned)....Vodka Soda, Gin & Tonic, Whiskey Coke, etc. Cocktails snobs will throw MS at me for this, but it's an easy, non-fussy order, and won't take away from the conversation. Additionally, if you're at a place that serves cocktails, chances are they have a decent red blend (wine) or white that will probably suffice as well.

 
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Generally, nobody cares what you order. The caveat being if it is a cocktail (instead of like a glass of wine or a beer), try to stick to 2 ingredients (unless something well known like an Old Fashioned as another poster mentioned)....Vodka Soda, Gin & Tonic, Whiskey Coke, etc. Cocktails snobs will throw MS at me for this, but it's an easy, non-fussy order, and won't take away from the conversation. Additionally, if you're at a place that serves cocktails, chances are they have a decent red blend (wine) or white that will probably suffice as well.

A drink with two ingredients is a mixed drink, which... is exactly what I'd expect to see college kids making, so not what OP wants.  A cocktail has 3 or more ingredients.

FWIW, it's not being a snob - I love ordering a gin and tonic or a tequila soda when I'm out.  But OP specifically asked what cocktails to order, rather than a mixed drink, so suggesting a litany of mixed drinks that a college kid would be downing is not giving a helpful answer.

OP, the answer depends on what you'll enjoy drinking.  A negroni is safe and tough to screw up if you like gin.  A martini if you like vodka (or gin).  A margarita or mezcal margarita is safe.  So on and so forth.

 

- Vodka tonic with lime

- Long Island Iced Tea

- Greyhound

- Jack or Makers and Coke

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee
 

Definitely recommend Gin & Tonic! A classic cocktail known for its simplicity and refreshing taste. It's like a stylish kimono meets a snazzy bowtie. The gin's botanical blend dances on your taste buds like a graceful dragon, while the tonic bubbles add an effervescent twist. Give it a try!

 

I agree that Negroni is a no brainer but then it depends if you like this “heavy” cocktail (it is one of my favorite, but still it is gin, Campari and Martini, be sure you can handle that…)

Other cocktails to order/try:

London Mule (Gin and Ginger beer)

Moscow Mule (Vodka and Ginger beer)

Hugo (Spritz with Saint Germain, hibiscus flower liquor)

Boulevardier (a Negroni with whisky instead of gin)

And of course Martini Dry (Martini and White Vermouth)

 

Good suggestions all around, hard to go wrong with gin/vodka tonics/sodas.  I mostly prefer whiskey drinks but a few of my favorites not mentioned here are:

Sazerac - Similar to an old fashion but with rye whiskey instead of bourbon.  Typically if I order either I opt for Bulleit Rye if they have it.

Gold Rush - Names may vary, but this is a variation on the Bees Knees (Gin, lemon, honey), but with whiskey instead.  

Penicillin - Scotch-based with lemon and honey syrup.  Crisp and refreshing.

Tom Collins - A great summer cocktail and good alternative to a GnT.  Gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and club soda.

 

Back in the day I'd see financiers ordering drinks shaken, not stirred, among other top shelf single malts. 

Now I see financiers ordering White Claw and Smirnoff Ice.  And it's sad.

 

whiskey sour, old fashioned or sazerac, a highball of some kind in the summer or a mojito in a rocks glass, maybe a mint julep

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If you're a hard-core alcoholic, it's either an Olde English 800 or Mad Dog 20/20.

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"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee
 

Whatever you end up ordering, be a little careful, especially if you are at a "fancy" cocktail place. Which I imagine is the only sort of place an MF would hold happy hours at.

Cocktails can have a lot of flavours masking the alcohol, making it easier to have bit more than you thought you did. And fancy cocktail places tend to put more flavours in, plus are more likely to give you drinks that actually have a decent amount of booze in them as opposed to dives that stingily measure out each ounce of liquor.

 

I'm sorry, but where do you work?  You said "interning at a MF" but I'm trying to figure out what MF stands for.  Given that your bio says AM, I'd almost want to say Mutual Fund, but nobody says they work at a mutual fund.  It's common to say that you work at a fund shop, or you work for an Asset Manager, but I've never heard the phrasing that you used.

Anyway, to answer your question:  Anything that would be reasonable at a country club would be reasonable at a happy hour in AM.  A G&T or Aperol Spritz are easy lighter summer options.  In colder months or after a bad day an old fashioned or Manhattan are also pretty good, but be careful, those are all booze and can knock you on your ass pretty quickly.  You're also fine with a martini (Gin or vodka, none of these sweet things) and a cosmo is borderline OK, but under no circumstances order a long island iced tea. or a rum/jack and coke.

Also, an even bigger rule: if it's a happy hour don't get drunk.  There are certain circumstances like the Christmas party where it's OK, but a happy hour isn't one of them. (and oh man, do I have Xmas party stories--There was this one year when one wholesaler socked another in the face--They both agreed that nothing had happened the following morning, because neither wanted to lose their jobs, but the guy had a shiner for almost two weeks)

The only difference between Asset Management and Investment Research is assets. I generally see somebody I know on TV on Bloomberg/CNBC etc. once or twice a week. This sounds cool, until I remind myself that I see somebody I know on ESPN five days a week.
 
mullah123

MF: megafund, think KKR/APO/BX/ etc. These companies are all alternative asset managers so that explains my profile.

I'd probably say HF, "MegaFund" sounds a bit like marketing, but it makes more sense now.  I'm 99% in public funds despite occasionally working on actual market neutral long/short strategies from time to time, so this isn't the core of my knowledge.

The only difference between Asset Management and Investment Research is assets. I generally see somebody I know on TV on Bloomberg/CNBC etc. once or twice a week. This sounds cool, until I remind myself that I see somebody I know on ESPN five days a week.
 

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