You see, if you sip a shot of rare whiskey or a freezing cold shot of vodka, to me that is still a shot and it is most definitely sophisticated.Next issue: Is there a difference between a shot and a shooter? Most people I asked (none of whom work in the bar/ booze industry) believe shots and shooters are the same thing. In fact the perception can be regional or even vary depending on the age of the person I was asking. Technically there is a difference. Amy Zavatto, expert dram drinker and author of the Complete Idiot's Guide to Bartending, says a shooter will include a mix of liquors and a mixer; a shot is a straight-up something, or mix of a couple of straight-up-somethings. (*Disclaimer she may have been sipping something when asked this technical question.)
No matter how you pour it, shots and shooters are perfect for putting your shot glass collection to good use. For this week's 10- Minute Happy Hour I'm pouring a chilled shot of Russian Standard Premium and pairing it with a simple cheese plate. And if you're curious I plan on sipping my shot and toasting my neighbor Mimi, who showed me how to make a shot seem sophisticated.
Do you think shots and shooters can be sophisticated or are they all Kamikaze's and Snakebites to you?
Maureen C. Petrosky writes what she knows, food, booze and parties. Author of The Wine Club, she appears regularly on The TODAY show to share her vices, and advice with the world. For more info check out www.maureenpetrosky.com or follow her on twitter @maureenpetrosky
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