I am really confused about alcohol and drinks in general.
I know the basic alcohols: Rum, Tequila, Gin, Wine, Beer, Sake etc.
But what are the drinks? Like, 'Sex on the beach' and 'Sea Breeze', 'Bay Breeze', 'Red Eye', 'Grey Goose Martini' and the like? How do you order at a bar? And what is a proof?

There are too many mixed drinks to list. You just try different stuff and see what you like.

EXAMPLES:

- If you like spicy, get a Bloody Mary (spicy mix w/ vodka)
- If you like orange juice, get a Screwdriver (orange juice and vodka)
- If you like Coke, get a rum & Coke
- If you like tonic, get a gin & tonic
- If you like coffee, get an Irish coffee (which has whiskey & possibly Bailey's cream)

It's all trial & error. Just think of a taste you like and ask the bartender to make something that tastes like that. There are even shots that taste like peppermint or chocolate or whatever else.

As far as Proof, that tells you how alcoholic something is. Instead of percentages (something out of 100%), proof is out of 200 -- don't ask me why. Absolutely pure alcohol is 100% alcohol, or 200 Proof.

So you just divide the Proof number by 2 to figure out the percentage of alcohol (200 / 2 = 100). Most hard liquors are 80 proof, which means they are 40% alcohol. Similarly, if you know something's alcoholic percentage, you can multiply it by 2 to figure out the Proof: Beer is usually 5% alcohol, which would be 10 proof, but people don't usually talk about beer in terms of "proof" -- its a term meant for hard liquor.

Anything 100 Proof (that's 50% alcohol) or higher is very, very strong liquor.

You won't be able to know the Proof of a mixed drink; you can only judge roughly how alcoholic it is based on what kind of liquor was put into it, and how much.

Proof was an old way of measuring the amount of alcohol in a drink. It's double the percentage. So vodka is 40% alcohol, so 80 proof.

For ordering, you can start with the basics, rum and coke, rye and 7 (7-up), screwdriver (vodka and OJ), cranberry vodka, whiskey sour, etc.

Years of drinking.

Those are all mixed drinks. Which is some sort of alcohol and a mixer (usually soda or juice).

You just order them by name at a bar. Bartenders are required to know a ton of drink recipes so they should know how to make most drinks you ask them. Ex: "I'll have a Sea Breeze please."

Proof is double the alcohol by volume. It's just another way to determine the amount of alcohol in a liquid.

Here's a website that has a lot of drink recipes so you can get a clue of what those drinks taste like.

http://www.drinksmixer.com/

Those guys are right but I wouldn't get to hung up on percentages. What you really need to work out is what you like. The best place to do that is a real cocktail bar, failing that the menus in TGI Fridays will tell you what is in a cocktail.

Grey Goose Martini is a particular strong drink. Its made from a brand of vodka (Grey Goose) and little else! So go easy on those. I suggest you ask for a long rum based drink first such as a 'Dark and Stormy' or a 'Mojito' these will be sweeter and less likely to go straight to your head.

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The drinks you listed are just that....mixed drinks. They incorporate alcohols and mixers. If you want one at a bar you just ask for it, the bartender should know how to make it. And if you want to learn more pick up a bar tending manual at your local book store. Proof is double the alcohol %. Example, Crown Royal whiskey is 80 proof and 40% alcohol by volume.

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