The 7 Drinks Every Man Should Know

 

Listen up guys. Times are changing. Outside of the political hate storm thats been brewing recently and the entire worlds fascination with instant fame, things are happening out there. Progress is being made, and by that I’m referring, of course, to The Great Retrogression. This sudden surge of interest and fascination with the past that is sweeping a generation of Millennials off of their feet. Being intrigued by a time when hard work didn’t mean sending CC’d emails until 3AM but rolling up your sleeves, getting dirty, breaking a sweat, and lifting something heavy outside of the crossfit gym. This is indeed an awakening of sorts and nowhere has this interest in backpedaling been more obvious than in the things we decide to ingest. Take it back to the way your great grandfather made barbecue, the way your mom made pie and the way our forefathers drank!

    Drink menus around the world are taking advantage of this trend and using it as a starting point to perfect the classics and build on them with new world innovation. But you don't have to be a professional mixologist to master some of these vintage cocktails and we’re here to help. Here are seven drinks every man should know.

 

The Old Fashioned

The traditional Old Fashioned is bourbon-based, but try it with any whiskey that appeals to you. Different palettes call for options. Maybe you like sweet, maybe you like stiff, maybe you like notes of vanilla, just know what you like and go with it. This drink uses a short round tumbler glass and is created as follows:

  • Put 1 sugar cube in glass
  • Add 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • A splash of soda water
  • Muddle (fancy word for smash) until sugar is dissolved
  • Fill glass with ice cubes
  • Add whiskey to the top of the glass, stir
  • Garnish with an orange slice and maraschino cherry

 

Tom Collins

The Tom Collins is a classic, sweet, gin based drink practically built for the summer time. Traditionally this drink calls for a tall slender glass and is constructed like so:

  • 1 1/2 oz Gin
  • 1/2 oz Simple Syrup*
  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon
  • Soda water
Shake the gin, simple syrup and lemon juice over ice. Fill your glass with ice and strain the drink into the glass. Top it off with some soda water and stir. Garnish with an orange slice and cherry if you like and there you have it. Effortless summertime cool.
*Simple syrup can be bought but is also very simple to make. Equal parts water and sugar. Heat the water to almost boiling and stir in sugar until dissolved. Container it up and keep refrigerated for storage.
Simple..huh?

 

Martini

The Martini. Classic, stylish and so adamantly argued in variation and recipe that it could be enough to make you...drink. But for the sake of this article we’ll give you the straight up, no games Martini recipe. (Don’t hate us, please).

  • 4 Parts Gin
  • 1 Part Dry Vermouth

Pour these two into a mixing glass over ice, stir (or shake) and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Squeeze lemon peel over the drink, toss it and garnish with one green olive. You're done. Step away from the drink.

 

Rusty Nail

So, you've got some bomb scotch in the cupboard and a guest who can't handle it straight up. Don't sweat it, big guy, because the Rusty Nail will showcase your scotch while softening the blow on your guests. Grab an asymmetric tumbler if you're feeling snazzy and mix as such:

  • 2 oz Blended Scotch Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz Drambuie (a scotch based liquer)
  • 1 Lemon twist

Mix Scotch and Drambuie in your glass glass over ice and stir. Garnish with a lemon twist and serve it proudly.

 

Manhattan 

You can’t get much more old school than the Manhattan. Perfectly showcase your favorite whiskey, but for this make sure its a crisp, clean whiskey, nothing too smokey or peaty. Order one and you look pretty cool but make one, and you just went form a 6 to a solid 8.2 on the manliness scale.

  • 1 oz. Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters

Stir all ingredients and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry, you know, for, taste or style or whatever. Either way your’e looking pretty cool in our opinion.

 

 The Perfect Gin & Tonic

 Gin & Tonic. Crisp, clean, refreshing & light. A great drink for an early spring dinner or sunday brunch. Seems pretty straight forward, right? It is, but don't assume you know just because you think you know. Make sure everything is cold and try this:

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 4-5 oz Tonic Water
  • 2 Lime wedges.

In a chilled tall slender glass add the gin and the ice (bigger cubes are better here). Squeeze one of the lime wedges here over just the gin and ice. Add your Tonic Water and squeeze your second lime wedge. Give it a quick stir and enjoy.

 

 Cosmopolitan

Yeah yeah yeah. We can hear the boo’s and the heckling now. “A cosmopolitan? I thought these were drinks for men!” It is, now be quiet while we explain. While not generally hailed as a man’s drink, if you have female friends to cater to or that you’d like to impress, knowing how to put this one together will definitely go a long way. Don’t try to get cute though and risk looking like you tried too hard, just work with this straightforward recipe and collect the praise.

  • 1 1/3 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Triple Sec
  • 1 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 1/2 oz Fresh lime Juice
Shake all of your ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a slice of lime and serve.
There you have it. Seven drinks every man should know that will make your home the place to be for cocktail hour. We agree that there are many more and countless variations on the ones presented and for that we have thrown in a couple honorable mentions that should be no brainers.


Honorable Mentions:

  • Whiskey Neat

    Just what it says. Whiskey in a shallow tumbler. No ice. Simple. Neat.

  • Scotch and Water

    A drop or two of water n your glass of scotch can change its highs and lows. Try it.

  • Straight Scotch

    It’s a whiskey neat but with scotch. Straight up.

We tried our best to give you simple, easy to make classics that have withstood time, trend and transition. Things are changing out there but here’s to the classics holding down the fort.

Stay thirsty, Men.