What’s this all about?

Understanding Cocktails is for those of you who want to know a little bit more about what's going into that $15 drink you ordered last night. Perhaps you'd like to know what all the fussing behind the bar is about or maybe you'd like to be able to say something other than; "it's nice" when someone makes you a drink. Still not sure? Check the about section out for more details.


There are plenty of books and websites to teach the fine art of wine appreciation strangely enough, there seems to be very little for the average person to help them understand cocktails. For whatever reason, cocktail writing is decidedly geeky. We’re here to change all that. What can you expect?

  • A progressive tasting guide. You can get off the bus whenever things go sour (so to speak)
  • A way to end the “what to order” problem – just work your way through the list
  • Pictures, stories, and articles to put all the tasting in context.

Who is this site for?

  • Tired of beer and wine?
  • Curious about what the girls in Sex In The City were drinking?
  • Looking for a change but want know what the fuss is over the $15 drinks
  • Want to stay a step ahead of your mates but not look like a dork?
  • Found information about cocktails to be a long recipe book with no context?

If you answer yes to any of the above – welcome!

Got a question? Ask Kim [kim@understandingcocktails.com], our resident know it all. Or you can post in the comments – we promise not to bite!