21 drinks you're probably mispronouncing when you order them

Getty Images/Andrew H. WalkerHere’s how to pronounce some of the trickiest bar drinks you can order.
  • 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.


Evengy Starkhov/ShutterstockDaiquiris are sweet, Cuban drinks.

The wrong way: DAH-kwih-ree

The right way: DAH-kih-ree


key05/iStockSake is Japanese rice wine.

The wrong way: SAH-kee

The right way: SAH-kay

Mai Tai

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

The wrong way: May-tay

The right way: My-tie


Justyna Troc/ShutterstockCuraçao is a citrusy liqueur featured in many cocktails.

The wrong way: Cure-ah-cow

The right way: Cure-ah-souw

Pinot noir

shanecotee/iStockPinot noir is one of the most sophisticated and well-known wines on the market.

The wrong way: PEE-noh no-AIR

The right way: PEE-noh NWAHR


Priscila Zambotto/Getty ImagesCaipirinha is considered the national cocktail of Brazil.

The wrong way: Kai-pree-RIHN-yah

The right way: Kai-pee-REEN-yah


lev radin/ShutterstockCointreau is a French, orange-flavored triple sec liquor.

The wrong way: COIN-troh

The right way: KWAN-troh


Maksim Fesenko/ShutterstockBoulevardier is made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and Campari.

The wrong way: Bou-le-vard-ee-er

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


Dado Photos/ShutterstockCachaça is a Brazilian spirit that’s somewhat similar to rum.

The wrong way: Kah-CHA-kah

The right way: Kah-SHAH-sah


Miguel Candela/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty ImagesRioja is named after the region in Spain that’s famous for producing the red wine.

The wrong way: Ree-OH-jah

The right way: Ree-OH-hah


Tyler W. Stipp/ShutterstockLaphroaig is an award-winning Scotch whisky.

The wrong way: Lah-FRO-aig

The right way: Lah-FROYG


DeymosHR/ShutterstockDrambuie is a Scotch whisky liqueur.

The wrong way: Dram-boo-EE

The right way: Dram-BOO-ee


Shutterstock/By matej_zCynar is an artichoke-flavored Italian liqueur.

The wrong way: Sahy-NAR

The right way: Chee-NAHR


Martina Simonazzi/ShutterstockLillet is a light-coloured, wine-based aperitif that comes from France.

The wrong way: LIL-et

The right way: Lee-LAY

Hoegaarden is a popular wheat beer produced in Belgium.

TY Lim/ShutterstockHoegaarden is one of the most famous Belgian beers.

The wrong way: Hoh-gar-den

The right way: Who-gar-den

St. Germain is a liqueur made of elderflower.

lev radin/ShutterstockSt. Germain has a bright, floral flavour.

The wrong way: Seynt-jer-mahn

The right way: Sahn-jer-mahn


Atomazul/ShutterstockTsingtao is a Chinese pale lager.

The wrong way: Sing-tow

The right way: Ching-dow


Getty ImagesRiesling is an aromatic German wine.

The wrong way: Reez-ling

The right way: Reese-ling


Daniel San Martin/ShutterstockAngostura was first made in a town that carried the same name in Venezuela.

The wrong way: An-go-store-ah

The right way: An-guh-stoo-rah


The wrong way: Glen-fidd-itch

The right way: Glen-fidd-ikh

Moët & Chandon

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

The wrong way: Mo-et and Chan-dohn

The right way: Mo-wett and Shan-dawn

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