What Are Some Popular Well Drinks?

Popular well drinks include gin and tonic, rum and coke, screwdriver, tequila sunrise, Tom Collins, bay breeze and vodka tonic. Other well drinks are the Manhattan, salty dog, vodka Shirley Temple and vodka sunrise. Some bars may also offer a daiquiri, bloody mary, pina colada and amaretto sour; however, many bars do not consider these drinks as well drinks, so it is best to ask the bartender before ordering.

A well drink is prepared with the cheapest liquor at the bar, which is called the well liquor. Well liquors include vodka, gin, rum, tequila, bourbon, scotch, brandy and whiskey. Liquor used in well drinks is generally a generic liquor or one that is mass-produced to be highly affordable.

If a person orders something generic, such as a rum and coke or a gin and tonic, at a bar, the bartender is likely to serve a well drink unless the customer requests a specific brand of liquor. Call drinks are made with medium-priced liquor, and premium or top-shelf drinks are mixed with the most expensive liquors. “Happy Hour” drinks are so affordable because they typically are mixed with well liquor. Bartenders keep well liquors at the rail directly in front of them for easy access.