+
Cocktails & Spirits 5

Skimpy Pours?

opinionatedchef | Mar 31, 201501:18 AM

I am not a very experienced drinker, but years ago, I discovered Cosmos, which I really love, mostly because I am MAJOR into fresh citrus and not sugar; I often order Asian influenced foods and I don't drink beer or cider; I like alot of ice in my beverages (drink assorted iced teas 24/7 year round) etc. I ask for my cosmo to be heavy on lime and v light on cranberry, no added sugar, served in a rocks glass on ice. ( I used to have margaritas alot but it has been increasingly difficult to find Sauza Gold (my preference) instead of the Cuervo line. I love Sangria but most of them are poorly made and way too sweet. I make alot of red sangria at home.)

This i mention as background, but it is my experience tonight that I'd like to ask you about.
We were having dinner at a small plates Turkish restaurant known for its innovative kitchen.(The food was fantastic.) The server mistakenly brought my cosmo in a martini glass. When he took it away, he dumped it into a rocks glass and brought it back, but the glass was only half full. I complained because, of all the cosmos i have ordered the last 20 years, i have never had a skimpy looking one like this. The manager came over and explained that they do measure their pours and this drink was the standard minimum legal pour- 3 ounces. I said i had never seen such a skimpy looking cosmo and I couldn't imagine the bartender would be proud of that being served. He took it away and it came back a little fuller (I think that was the cucumber muddling which i had requested for it, but which i had not detected in the rocks-glass drink first served me.) On the bill, I was charged the quoted $11 price for the cosmo.

I am not a very effective 'sipper' but i want a Cosmo to last me through my meal. But as a chef, i think of 3 ounces being 6 Tablespoons (~ 1/3 cup.) I know you all come from all over, but is that the pour size you usually see at higher end bars where you live/ travel? Maybe I was fooled by the width of the rocks glass?but it looked like that cosmo would have lasted me about 6 sips.
Anyway, I recognize that my complaint may be due to my ignorance, which is why I'm asking for your thoughts. Thanks much.

Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›
Log In or Sign Up to comment

Recommended from Chowhound