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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.

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