It’s not a cop-out or low standard to use a cheat sheet. It’s actually essential for bartenders to be supplied with cocktail cheat sheets so that the customer experiences seamlessness no matter what zingers they might throw.
These cheat sheets are laminated so they won’t be ruined behind the bar. They’re also specialized for different regions and states. In Chicago, no one drinks Aperol Spritzers, while in Colorado ski towns, they do. Sajari Q is an expert on drink trends in certain regions and has created specialized recipes for people in your specific area so you’ll never be caught off guard.
Additionally, there are cheat sheets for different calibers of bars whether you’re pouring bombs at dive bars or extra dry martinis at a five star hotel.
These cheat sheets include bar slang so you can remember what dirty ice, extra dry, and straight up with a twist means.