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S. Pellegrino:
The spring of San Pellegrino mineral water is sequestered in the mountains north of Milan, Italy, and was made famous by quenching the thirst of Leonardo da Vinci who firmly believed in the water’s curative powers. (more)
Sabra Liqueur:
Sabra liqueur is a chocolate-orange flavoured liqueur produced in Israel. (more)
Salmanazer:
A term used for a wine bottle size, usually champagne. It is equivalent to 12 standard bottles and holds 9000 ml or 72 x 125 ml glasses. (more)
Sambuca:
Sambuca is an Italian anise-flavoured, usually colourless, liqueur. (more)
Sangarees:
Made with whiskey, gin, rum or brandy, with port wine floated on top, or with wine, ale, porter or stout, with a sprinkle of nutmeg.
Scandinavian Coffee:
A liqueur coffee made with Aquavit, sugar and topped with cream.
Schoppen:
A bottle - first a Low German word that was borrowed into French and then borrowed back to the Upper German and used to draw is - is originally a vessel for liquids, later, a hollow or unit of volume for beverages. Traditionally, a pint of half a pint or a quarter of a degree.
Scotch:
Meaning "Scotch Whisky". Blended whiskeys from native barley grain and Scottish pot stills. All Scotch blends contain malt whiskey. The smoky flavour comes from drying malted barley over peat fires. Produced only in Scotland. Exported Scotch is at least four years old and is usually 80 to 86 proof US. (more)
Seville Coffee:
A liqueur coffee made with Cointreau, sugar and topped with cream.
Shooter:
One or more liquors poured into a short glass and taken in one swallow.
Shot:
A small amount of alcohol. Usually measuring 1-2 oz
Shot Glass:
The drinking glass-shaped container measuring 1-2 oz from which a "shot" is usually drank in one swallow.
Shrub:
A mixture of two parts sugar to every one part pureed fruit, heated until smooth and then mixed with two parts apple cider vinegar to every three parts puree.
Silver Rum:
Also referred to as "light" or "white" rum, in general, has very little flavour aside from a general sweetness. Light rums are sometimes filtered after aging to remove any color.  (more)
Simple Syrup:
Simple syrup should be made in a saucepan, gradually stir one pound granulated sugar into 13 oz. hot water to make 16 oz. simple/sugar syrup. Used as a mixer/sweetener for drinks. (more)
Slings:
Made like Sangarees with the addition of lemon juice and a twist of lemon peel. Served in an old fashioned or hi-ball glass.
Sloe Gin:
Sloe gin is a red liqueur flavoured with sloe (blackthorn) drupes, which are a small fruit relative of the plum. (more)
Smashes:
Small juleps, served in old fashioned glasses. Made with muddled sugar, ice cubes, whiskey, gin, rum or brandy and soda. Garnished with sprigs of mint and fruit.
Smirnoff:
Is a famous vodka family name.Founded in Moscow by Pyotr Arsenievich Smirnov (1831-1898), the son of illiterate Russian peasants. It is now distributed in 130 countries.(more)
Snifter:
A short-stemmed, pear-shaped glass that is larger at the bottom than at the top. Usually referred to brandy balloons or wine tasting glasses.
Sommelier:
A professional wine waiter who has a great knowledge wine varietals, vintages and ports.
Sour:
A cocktail made by combining liquor with lemon or lime juice and a little sugar. Most popular being the Whiskey Sour.
Sour Mash Whiskey:
A broad category of whiskey whereby a portion of old mash is mixed with new to help advance the character and smoothness of the flavour. (more)
Sour Mix:
Made by mixing sugar syrup with lemon juice. It is used to balance sweetness and acidity in certain drinks such as Daiquiris and Margaritas. (more)
Speed Rack:
Place to keep house branded or often asked for spirits for easy access to pour whilst working. Usually sunk into the bar counter or hangs from service counter.
Spiced Rum:
Spiced Rums obtain their flavours through the addition of spices and, sometimes, caramel. (more)
Standard Shaker:
Three piece shaker with built in strainer. (more)
Stolichnaya Vodka:
Originally a Russian vodka but now the Internationally distributed Stolichnaya is distilled and bottled in Latvia. (more)
Stout:
A strong, dark beer. More redolent of hops than beer and is made with dark-roasted barley which gives it a deep, dark color. Most popular stout is "Guinness".
Straight-Up:
Term used to describe cocktails that are strained into a glass without ice.
Straw Gin:
Sometimes known as "yellow Gin" is gin that has been in contact and taken its colour and characteristics from wood while aging. (more)
Straight Whisky:
A whiskey that is distilled from grain but not blended with neutral grain spirits or any other whiskey and aged in a charred oak barrel for at least two years. (more)
Style Glass:
An appropriate glass in the style that suits the drink (Each bar has a different range of glassware).
Sugar Syrup:
An even mixture of sugar and water, boiled over heat to produce a sweet syrup which is then chilled and can be used to make sour mixes or to add sweetener to cocktails. (Gomme) (more)
Sultan Coffee:
A liqueur coffee made with Baileys Irish Cream, sugar and topped with cream.
Sweet-and Sour Mix:
Made by mixing sugar syrup with lemon juice. It is used to balance sweetness and acidity in certain drinks such as Daiquiris and Margaritas. (more)
Sweet Vermouth:
Sometimes referred to as "Italian" is an aromatized fortified wine from Italy or France, sweetened with either cane sugar or caramelized sugar. (more)
Swizzle Stick:
A twig with a few forked branches on its end. It is usually inserted into the glass. Used for stirring.
Syllabub:
A mixture of milk or cream, wine, spices and sugar.