How to Order a Non-Embarrassing Drink If You Secretly Like Girly Drinks
Instead of a Cosmo, go for a Sidecar
Keep the triple sec but switch out the vodka and cran for cognac and lemon, which makes for a drink that's a little less cloyingly sweet and a little more citrusy and adult. Bonus points for knowing that a sidecar is also bar lingo for leftover liquor that gets poured into shot glasses.
Instead of an Appletini, go for a hard cider
All the apple flavor without the cheek-biting tang of the 'tini. Plus, it looks like a beer if you get the bartender to put it in a pint glass.
Instead of a margarita, go for a Salty Dog
You can still sip from a salted rim, but this gin-and-grapefruit combination is healthier and less Cancun-y than its tequila counterpart. (Order it straight up. “On the rocks” is for sorority girls.)
Instead of a vodka soda, try a Moscow Mule
A vodka soda basically screams, “Hi, I’m on a diet.” A Moscow Mule, made with vodka, ginger beer and lime juice, is still pretty low-cal but a lot more flavorful and sophisticated. (And the copper mug goes well with your wine-red mani.)
Instead of a strawberry mojito, try a whiskey smash
Mint leaves, lemon and whiskey come together for a refreshing change of taste — which can also be made with gin or vodka if whiskey is too much for you.
Instead of a mimosa, try a French 75
While there’s nothing inherently embarrassing about a mimosa, a French 75, made with gin, Champagne, lemon juice and simple syrup, will make you seem leagues more adult. Also, it’s delicious.
Instead of a vodka cran, go for a Cape Cod
OK, it’s technically the same thing. But it sounds less embarrassing to say. And hell, if you want cranberry juice, drink cranberry juice.