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Sep 18, 2007 12:59 PM

What's 'perfect' mean in cocktail-ese?

I sometimes see the term in the context of "neat," or "on-the-rocks" or "straight-up" or "intraveinously."

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  1. nope- perfect is a term for an equal parts mix of sweet and dry vermouth. anything using vermouth can be ordered perfect. i almost always get my manhattans perfect.

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    1. re: jpschust

      Thanks--makes perfect sense i.e. "Negroni straight up and perfect" or "Manhattan on the rocks and perfect."

      1. re: Poindexter

        No worries. I usually put the perfect modifier before the drink so my bartender can hear it loud and clear :) I will never forget ordering a "makers perfect manhattan rocks" from Big Bowl in Reston, VA. The guy brought me this sickeningly sweet drink made with makers and he said "there you go, the perfect manhattan!" Turned out to be makers + simple syrup + sweet vermouth with no bitters or dry vermouth. Oh yah, and served up :P