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Ask a Bartender: What’s the Best Cocktail Name You’ve Ever Come Up With?

I’d have to think that while inventing cocktails is an exciting, creative part of a bartender’s job, naming them is just as fun. Sometimes you go simple, sometimes punny; sometimes historical, sometimes long-winded. We asked 17 bartenders about the best cocktail name they’ve ever come up with. Here’s what they had to say.

Volleyball Scene in Top Gun

“When I first opened Mulberry Project I named the best whiskey drink on the menu ‘Volleyball Scene in Top Gun.’ So I had a bunch of guys coming up and saying Hey man can I get another volleyball scene in Top Gun. A close second is a drink I onced named ‘Paper Plate’ once.” — Jeremy Strawn (Black Hound Bar & Lounge)