Years ago, I memorized a few standard drink names. This gave me a way to have an answer at the ready when I went to a bar without a cocktail menu in sight. In my quest to discover cocktails, I had to figure out what I liked (tough!) and how to navigate ordering new things. I didn’t want to waste money, but getting the same thing gets kind of old. (I can’t count how many gin and tonics I’ve consumed.) The thing that made me nervous, was just feeling like I would look or sound dumb if I didn’t know what I wanted. Has this ever happened to you? Here are a few things I’ve learned that might help you pick a cocktail that you’ll really enjoy.