8 Mixed Drinks Every Guy Must Try

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There was a time when cocktails were male by definition. Heck, James Bond wasn’t above a martini while saving the world. You might have a simpler agenda like, say, having a nice evening. But the fact remains: a man’s drink says a lot about who he is.

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The Best Cocktails for Men

The Old Fashioned

Ingredients:

1 sugar cube
3 dashes Angostura Bitters
Splash of water or tonic
2 oz rye whiskey or bourbon
Slice of lemon or orange peel for garnish

Soften the sugar cube in the bottom of your glass with three dashes of bitters. Add your ice cube. Add 2 oz of whiskey (or four if you’re ready to get the party started) and give it a swirl. Finish with a peel of lemon or orange. It’s an impressive-looking drink. For a twist, mix in a flavored bitter like cherry or peach. Want it to look extra cool? Serve it up in one of these bad boys:

They’re very well-reviewed and have that heft and thickness you want in your Old Fashioned glass.

Whiskey Sour

The Whiskey Sour is a simple cocktail with only three ingredients. It’s tasty and the preparation will impress your guests. It’s remarkably similar to the true margarita or daiquiri. That is liquor and something sour. This is an excellent summer cocktail for men, as the lemon keeps things light and sharp.

Ingredients:

2 oz whiskey
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 tsp sugar (or ½ oz simple syrup)

Add an egg white into the mix if you’re feeling adventurous.

Process:

Put everything into your shaker over ice and shake well for 20 seconds.

Pour and enjoy.

Tom Collins

The secret to a Tom Collins is the glass. No, seriously. The tall Collins glass makes this tall frosty gin and lemon drink a pleasure to look at, to watch be made, and to drink. The clean, flavor is a crowd-pleaser for men and women alike, especially at the height of summer.

Ingredients:

2 oz gin
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 tsp sugar (or ½ oz simple syrup)
Tonic water to fill

Process:

Add all ingredients beside tonic water to a shaker and shake vigorously. Pour into a glass of ice. Fill the rest of the glass with tonic water. Garnish with a slice of lemon and add a straw.

Gibson

The first record of a Gibson is from 1908. It’s a simple cocktail made in a martini glass. You can think of the Gibson as a martini with a cocktail onion instead of olives because that’s pretty much what it is. And it’s also delicious.

Ingredients:

2.5 oz gin
0.5 oz vermouth
Cocktail onion for garnish

Process:

Mix ingredients over ice, stir and strain into your glass, add your cocktail onion. Although traditionally made with gin, try vodka if you’d like a cleaner flavor.

Negroni

This classic Italian drink became popular with US soldiers back in WWII and they brought the drink home. Made with bitter Campari, this drink is perfect as an aperitif before dinner or even as a nightcap after dessert.

Ingredients:

2oz Campari
2oz Gin
2 oz Sweet Vermouth
Orange peel for garnish

Process:

Add an ice cube into a heavy-bottomed glass. Pour each of the ingredients into the glass and give a quick stir to combine. Add a slice of orange peel as a garnish.

Bonus:

For a bonus manly cocktail, swap out the gin in the Negroni for bourbon. Now, you’ve got what’s called a Boulevardier. It’s less herbal, with a sweeter punch.

Manhattan

As you may have guessed from the name, a popular history of this cocktail originated in the Manhattan Club in New York back in the 1870s. Other stories tell of a bartender in the 1860s Manhattan area creating it. Whoever you attribute it to, it’s one hell of a drink.

Ingredients:

2 oz rye whiskey
1 oz sweet vermouth
5 drops Angostura Bitters

Process:

Add everything into your mixing glass, add ice, stir, strain, and pour.

Some people will try making a dry manhattan. Don’t. Just no.

For a change, you can mix half and half sweet vermouth and dry vermouth. If you want to have a little more fun, toss a maraschino cherry in the bottom.

Martini

I’d be crazy to leave out the most classy of manly cocktails. Think Humphrey Bogart, Sir Winston Churchill, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ian Fleming, Dean Martin, and of course James Bond. The famous, the powerful, and the cultured have all made names from the Martini.

Ingredients:

2 oz gin
1 oz dry vermouth
Garnish with an olive or lemon twist

Originally the recipe was:
4 oz gin
1 oz dry vermouth

A basic martini, but I’m sure you’ve heard people say ‘dirty’, ‘dry’, ‘muddy’, the list goes on. Those are all variations on this classic cocktail.

These include: dry: small splash of dry vermouth, rinse: rinse the glass with vermouth then empty it, extra dry: three drops vermouth, dirty: splash of olive juice, perfected: rinse of sweet and dry vermouth, smoky: vermouth replaced with scotch, and naked: no ice used but glass and ingredients are chilled.

The list goes on.

The Margarita

The margarita is a great choice for a date, especially if you want to show you’ve got a bit of wild side. Just don’t let it all outdate one: you’ve got time, brother. If you order one, make sure it’s a classic style. Lots of bars and restaurants have them on the menu but they are a sickly sweet slushy concoction in many colors and flavors. If that’s what you want you may as well just throw a popsicle in your blender with some booze.

Ingredients:

2 oz tequila
1 oz Triple Sec
2 oz lime juice

Process:

Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously to incorporate air. Grab a wide-rimmed glass and add salt (add chili if you’re tough enough). Pour your margarita into the glass.

 

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