6 Drink Recipes a Man Can Rely On.
So you are going out for a couple drinks with your buddies, or even better, with a lady or two. Unless your night revolves around football, high-fives, and backwards hats, you shouldn't be reaching for the Bud Light. Now there is nothing wrong with tipping back a few brews, but its not often you see Don Draper or Jack Donaghy walking around with a case of Coors. The key is nice cocktails. Perhaps something unusual, but never make it sound complicated for the sake of complication. They are classics for a reason. There is a difference between knowledge and pretentiousness. Order any of these at a bar, or serve them when your guests make it back to your place, to show them you are a man of real taste.
The Real Whiskey Sour
A real Whiskey Sour is not made with sour mix. You might as well mix your Whiskey with Sunny D. A properly made Whiskey Sour is super simple and super delicious. The only thing you need to prepare ahead of time is Simple Syrup. As the name implies this is way easy. Just take 1 part water, and get it to a boil. Then slowly add 2 parts sugar, stirring constantly until the sugar is completely disolved. Let it cool, and pour it in a mason jar to keep in your fridge. Then its time to mix!
- 1.5 oz Burbon or Rye Whiskey
- 0.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
- 0.5 oz Simple Syrup
Shake these all together and serve over ice. Some people suggest using egg whites in this mix, but I prefer to keep it simple, easy, and delicious.
Expert Level - The New York Sour:
Add a floater of 0.75 dry red wine by sloooowly pouring it over an upturned spoon to create a New York Sour. Drink with pinky out.
An old classic, the Manhattan was the first cocktail to use dry vermouth as a modifier. There are many variations that can be very complex, but I prefer to keep it simple.
- 2 oz Rye Whiskey
- 0.5 oz Dry Vermouth
- Dash of bitters (a slice of lemon is even better)
- Top with a maraschino cherry for added fanciness.
This is a dry Manhattan which is far superior as far as I'm concerned, but sweet vermouth is also acceptable. At home, I don't keep cherries around, but rather grenadine. Drop a dash of that in, and you have what I have dubbed A Bloody Manhattan.
The Vesper Martini
It's hard to feel like a man with that fancy triangular glass they come in. Even the term "Martini" seems to have something emasculating about it. (The "tini" part, perhaps?). Now sidestepping a discussion on gender roles or the like, I present to you the Vesper Martini. This cocktail gained a rise in popularity after the release of the James Bond Movie, "Casino Royale," in which the signature character from Ian Flemming's James Bond series, and 1953 original 007 novel, explains his drink of choice:"A dry martini," [Bond] said. "One. In a deep champagne goblet.""Oui, monsieur.""Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?""Certainly, monsieur." The barman seemed pleased with the idea."Gosh, that's certainly a drink," said Leiter.Bond laughed. "When I'm...er...concentrating," he explained, "I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold and very well-made. I hate small portions of anything, particularly when they taste bad. This drink's my own invention. I'm going to patent it when I can think of a good name."—Ian Fleming, Casino Royale, Chapter 7, "Rouge et Noir'
He gives the drink its name after the beautiful Vesper Lynd who later ... well I won't spoil the ending for anyone.
So while this is the only non-whiskey drink on this list, rest assured it is every bit as manly as the others, with the added benefit of keeping your breath clean and fresh.
Common as a pre-dinner cocktail, the origin of it's name are unknown. The link to the Godfather movies is often speculated due to Amaretto's place as the national liquer of Italy.
- 2 oz Scotch
- 1 oz Amaretto
Drop these ingredients in an old-fasioned glass with ice and stir well.
The Whiskey and Whiskey on Whiskey...
I'm sorry, but Whiskey is just the best ingredient for a men's cocktail, and while this just barely counts as a cocktail, hear me out:
- 1 Part Jack Daniels
- 1 Part Johnnie Walker
- 1 Part Jim Beam
- Sir 'em up
Seriously. The secret here is the combination of Rye, Scotch, and Bourbon where all the subtleties and differences mash (pun?) together in a wondrous Whiskey on Whiskey blend. Woody, Boozy, and refreshing - It makes a great summer cocktail.
The Hot Toddy
Once believed to be a cure for the common cold, doctors now advise against this wonderful winter conconction as it can worsen dehydration already associated with sickness... but if you're healthy, they will only make you feel even better.
- Heat up a pot of water and get it to a boil.
- Add at least a teaspoon ( I prefer a tablespoon) of honey to a mug.
- Fill the mug half to 2/3 full with your newly acquired hot water.
- Stir now to dislove the honey most effectively while the water is at its hottest.
- Add a slice of lemon or 2 teaspoons of lemon juice.
- Fill the rest of the way with Burbon or Rye Whiskey.
- Stir again and enjoy - careful that its not too hot though.
Replace the Whiskey with gin for a Hot Gin and some minty goodness.