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PostSubject: History: Ordering Whiskey By the Finger   History: Ordering Whiskey By the Finger EmptySun Oct 25, 2015 6:31 pm

I always wondered where the "one or two fingers" method of ordering whiskey originated. According to this it was the wild west:

"Let's start with the "Finger Method..." Ordering by the digit originated in American saloons in the Old West (1830s to 1920), where you would order whiskey by the width of the barman's finger. For example, if you asked for two fingers of whiskey, you would get straight, room-temperature spirit poured in an old fashioned glass (or tumbler) to the height of two fingers. This is an antiquated method and is no longer common because different bartenders have varied sizes of fingers, making the pour lack consistency. As well, most bars have a standard pour of 1.25 to 1.5 ounces, making it difficult to figure out how to charge for each finger.

Recently, with a nod to bar history, there has been an effort to standardize the "finger pour" to 3/4 of an inch per finger in an standard old fashioned glass, which equals about one ounce per finger. This would result in two fingers equaling two ounces and so on. This is not yet generally accepted, but as cocktail culture continues to evolve and more bartenders become well-versed in cocktail history, the standardized finger pour will become more recognized."
http://www.westword.com/restaurants/ask-the-bartender-giving-all-those-old-bar-terms-the-finger-5747968

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PostSubject: Re: History: Ordering Whiskey By the Finger   History: Ordering Whiskey By the Finger EmptySun Oct 25, 2015 6:48 pm

I think it came over from Europe.  There are myriad vintage jokes of both Scotsmen and Irish men ordering 'two fingers' and holding their arms wide apart to make the distance between the fingers at least two to three feet in depth.   Drink   I can see cowboys doing that too.


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PostSubject: Re: History: Ordering Whiskey By the Finger   History: Ordering Whiskey By the Finger EmptyTue Oct 27, 2015 6:18 am

Or ordering two finger lengths of whiskey...

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