, the correct usage of the term straight up
refers to a single, unmixed liquor
served chilled in a stemmed glass
. An unmixed liquor served straight
has been shaken or stirred with ice to chill it before serving it without the ice. Liquors or mixed drinks can be served up
, meaning that they are served in a stemmed glass. A cocktail glass
is the most commonly used stemmed glass in which to serve a drink "up" or "straight-up".
Neat vs. straight
"Straight" and "straight-up" are often incorrectly used to mean "neat" in the US
, referring to a single, unmixed liquor or spirit
served at room temperature, without any water or other mixer
. However in the UK
and many other countries "straight" actually is the correct term to use to mean the same thing as "neat" in the US, although both terms are widely accepted. Often some qualification of meaning is needed to identify what one actually wants.
It is common for a shot of Tequila
to be served "straight" ("neat") in a shot glass
. Many cocktails are served chilled in a cocktail glass; "up" (although one doesn't normally need to ask for it "up", but simply by name, e.g. "martini cocktail
" or more normally just "martini"). If a martini cocktail were made without bitters
, i.e. simply gin
on its own in a cocktail glass, it would thus have been served "straight-up".