|Guests are noticing a line on their receipt that reads something like, “$$ROCKS $2.00″. I thought I might try to explain that you are not actually being charged for the ICE.
The ‘rocks’ you are paying for is an up charge for the additional alcohol added to your drink. When a guest orders a drink ‘on the rocks’ or maybe ‘up’, typically you are getting an additional .5-1.0 fluid ounces on top of the standard single shot.Standard shots vary with every establishment. The majority will give you a 1.5 oz pour with a mixed drink.
For example: a vodka and tonic will traditionally get a 1.5 ounce shot of vodka and filled with tonic (quinine).Now if you order vodka ‘on the rocks’, the bartender will most likely give you the 2-3 ounces of vodka in a rocks glass with ice. Vodka ‘up’ is usually the same amount of spirit only to be strained from the ice, into a martini glass.
One reason establishments add extra spirit is to aleviate the feeling a single shot ‘on the rocks’ or ‘up’ would look very small in a glass with ice. To avoid a bad impression from guests they add the additional spirit to fill the glass. In most cases they are losing money with this additional pour. Let’s break down an example.
Local establishment charges $8 for Grey Goose and Tonic. You are getting 1.5 ounces of Grey Goose with tonic at $2.76 per .5 oz…
Now, order that Grey Goose ‘on the rocks’. Most (not all) places will charge you $10. You will get 2-3 ounces of vodka in a glass with ice. The check will show the grey goose at $8.00 and the next line may read something like: $$ROCKS $2.00. THIS LINE is your mystery ice charge; the cost of the additional spirit. By The Way: Your drink just cost you anywhere from $2.50-$1.67 per .5 oz. You were actually charged less per ounce.
I hope that clears up some confusion that some of you may have about that phantom charge on a bar receipt. Unfortunately, some operating systems out there are unable to rename up charges on a receipt. Rest assured, that ice in your drink was complimentary. I have added some other terms you may be familiar with but might want to keep in mind when ordering a drink. Click here… Happy reading.
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