Learn English – Are the names of cocktails proper nouns


Help me out with cocktail names. Are they always capitalized because they are proper names? For example, would I capitalize this way: "Do you prefer a Gin and Tonic or a Sidecar?" It's confusing because, in a way, giraffe could be considered the proper name of an animal species, yet giraffe is not a proper noun.

If not, do the rules change if a proper noun is the name of a drink, as with a Margarita or a Tom Collins? And what about cocktails in which only part of the name of the drink is a proper noun, as with a Moscow Mule or a Long Island Iced Tea?

Best Answer

If the cocktail is a made-up name then I treat it as a proper name and use capital letters. A Screwdriver, a Manhattan, a Mojito... . This is how it is done on the Wiki cocktail page (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cocktails).

But if the drink name is synonymous with its ingredients then capitalising seems odd -

"Would you like some Cheese and Biscuits with your Gin and Tonic" - surely not!