This past weekend I was at a bar in New York City and ordered vanilla vodka and Kahlua on the rocks. A pretty straight up drink that stems from a White Russian, minus the milk/cream. I drink this cocktail quite frequently at home and find it smooth, sweet and effective. When the waitress brought me my drink, she made a comment that her and the bartender thought my order was rather peculiar, like it it was the first time they’ve ever heard of the combination and that basically it sounded gross.
A) It’s my drink, get me what I want, and shut up. And B) If you’re a bartender, how is it unfathomable that I ordered this drink? Like I said, it’s a White Russian without the white. Call it a Black Russian. It’s diesel. How about you try it before knocking it. Isn’t it your job as a mixologist to be familiar with alcohol pairings? And more so, in a customer service business that thrives on tips, do you think it’s the best idea to criticize aquired tastes? Maybe they’ve just been beaten into submission by Red Bull & Vodka, Jaggerbombs, Jack & Coke and Gin & Tonic, but there are other drinks out there. I recommend expanding your palate.