21 drinks you’re probably mispronouncing when you order them

Here's how to pronounce some of the trickiest bar drinks you can order.

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Here’s how to pronounce some of the trickiest bar drinks you can order.
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  • Ordering a drink can be hard without the added anxiety of correctly pronouncing your beverage of choice.
  • INSIDER has identified bar orders with names that might be hard to say and provided pronunciations for each one.
  • Moët & Chandon is a high-brow Champagne that’s actually pronounced “Mo-wett & Shan-dawn.”
  • Hoegaarden beer is pronounced “who-gar-den.”
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Shouldering your way to the front of the bar and catching the bartender’s attention can be hard, so making sure you’re prepared to order your drink of choice – and pronounce it correctly – is crucial to a night out.

Drinks like Curaçao, Rioja, St. Germain, and more are not spelled the way they sound. So, we came up with a handy guide to popular alcoholic beverages that may be difficult to pronounce and have provided pronounciations for each one.

Find out how to pronounce your bar order correctly below.


Daiquiri

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Daiquiris are sweet, Cuban drinks.
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The wrong way: DAH-kwih-ree

The right way: DAH-kih-ree


Sake

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Sake is Japanese rice wine.
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The wrong way: SAH-kee

The right way: SAH-kay


Mai Tai

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Mai Tais are made of rum, Curaçao liqueur, syrup, and lime juice.
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Yuruphoto/Shutterstock

The wrong way: May-tay

The right way: My-tie


Curaçao

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Curaçao is a citrusy liqueur featured in many cocktails.
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The wrong way: Cure-ah-cow

The right way: Cure-ah-souw


Pinot noir

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Pinot noir is one of the most sophisticated and well-known wines on the market.
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The wrong way: PEE-noh no-AIR

The right way: PEE-noh NWAHR


Caipirinha

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Caipirinha is considered the national cocktail of Brazil.
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The wrong way: Kai-pree-RIHN-yah

The right way: Kai-pee-REEN-yah


Cointreau

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Cointreau is a French, orange-flavored triple sec liquor.
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The wrong way: COIN-troh

The right way: KWAN-troh


Boulevardier

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Boulevardier is made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and Campari.
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The wrong way: Bou-le-vard-ee-er

The right way: Bou-le-vard-ee-ay


Cachaça

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Cachaça is a Brazilian spirit that’s somewhat similar to rum.
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The wrong way: Kah-CHA-kah

The right way: Kah-SHAH-sah


Rioja

The wrong way: Ree-OH-jah

The right way: Ree-OH-hah


Laphroaig

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Laphroaig is an award-winning Scotch whisky.
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The wrong way: Lah-FRO-aig

The right way: Lah-FROYG


Drambuie

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Drambuie is a Scotch whisky liqueur.
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DeymosHR/Shutterstock

The wrong way: Dram-boo-EE

The right way: Dram-BOO-ee


Cynar

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Cynar is an artichoke-flavored Italian liqueur.
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Shutterstock/By matej_z

The wrong way: Sahy-NAR

The right way: Chee-NAHR


Lillet

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Lillet is a light-colored, wine-based aperitif that comes from France.
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The wrong way: LIL-et

The right way: Lee-LAY


Hoegaarden is a popular wheat beer produced in Belgium.

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Hoegaarden is one of the most famous Belgian beers.
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The wrong way: Hoh-gar-den

The right way: Who-gar-den


St. Germain is a liqueur made of elderflower.

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St. Germain has a bright, floral flavor.
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The wrong way: Seynt-jer-mahn

The right way: Sahn-jer-mahn


Tsingtao

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Tsingtao is a Chinese pale lager.
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Atomazul/Shutterstock

The wrong way: Sing-tow

The right way: Ching-dow


Riesling

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Riesling is an aromatic German wine.
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The wrong way: Reez-ling

The right way: Reese-ling


Angostura

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Angostura was first made in a town that carried the same name in Venezuela.
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The wrong way: An-go-store-ah

The right way: An-guh-stoo-rah


Glenfiddich

The wrong way: Glen-fidd-itch

The right way: Glen-fidd-ikh


Moët & Chandon

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Moët & Chandon is one of the ritziest bottles of Champagne money can buy.
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Getty Images/Andrew H. Walker

The wrong way: Mo-et and Chan-dohn

The right way: Mo-wett and Shan-dawn