Drinks are a necessity for any party. There are the obligatory beer and wine (barring those going through some kind of 12-step program), but for those who want to add a little something extra to their party it is a good idea to learn how to make a few basic drinks. Not the easy ones that use a mix and are fairly easy to figure out, but those drinks that require a little concentration, a little sophistication and a little knowledge. Almost anyone can be the guy who knows what drink to order, but it takes a true man to be the one who who knows how to make the drink. Whether he is at at a get together, after a date, at a work function or at a meeting knowing how to make these cocktails will make him look like he knows what he is doing...because he does know.
The Martini is a standard cocktail made with either gin or vodka and the favorite of James Bond. It is a fairly simple recipe and allows the spirit to be placed at the front. For that reason, top shelf spirits are usually better than the cheaper alternatives. Since the main ingredient here is alcohol that can mean the Martini may be an acquired taste for some. Stir one up using 2 oz gin (or vodka), 1 oz dry vermouth, 1-2 dashes of Regan’s orange bitters (usually reserved for the gin version) and an olive(s) or twist of lemon garnish. Pour the gin or vodka and vermouth over ice into a cocktail shaker, along with bitters, if you are using them. To keep the clarity of the martini stir the ingredients, making sure the ice contacts every part of the liquid. To make the drink as cold as possible shake vigorously and then pour into a glass. Garnish with the olive(s) or lemon twist.
Another drink it is important to know how to make is the Tom Collins. It's refreshing, light and fizzy; it is the adult version of lemonade. This is also one of the drinks where three can be tossed back and then they will all hit at the same time. A Tom Collins is a gin and soda when there is more than just gin and soda in the house. And those extra ingredients can be the difference between delicious and awful. Make it with 2 oz gin, 1 oz lemon juice, 3 oz club soda, 1 oz simple syrup, 1 maraschino cherry and an orange slice. (That's a slice, not a wedge.) Put the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup into a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass with ice. Add the club soda, cherry, and orange. Stir for good measure. This is also one those recipes that has a little wiggle room. For a slightly different taste, instead of lemon juice, use sour mix or lime juice. Or add a little grenadine.
Add an Old Fashioned to the repertoire and learn how to muddle. The Old Fashioned is the ultimate simple whiskey cocktail. It not only helps to make a boy feel like a man, but it can ease a person into the world of straight bourbon drinkers. All it takes is 2 oz bourbon whiskey, 2 dashes Angostura® bitters, 1 splash water, 1 tsp sugar, 1 maraschino cherry and an orange wedge. Add the sugar, the angostura bitters and just a splash of water into a glass. Stir everything until the sugar is mostly dissolved. Add the cherry and orange wedge. Muddle, or smash, all of the ingredients together creating a paste in the bottom of the glass. Fill the glass with ice and then pour in the bourbon.
The Sidecar is a drink which helped lead to the Margarita. This drink, however, uses brandy instead of tequila. When many people think of brandy, they will think of sipping from a large glass in front of a roaring fire. While that is perfectly acceptable for the higher-end, more expensive brandies The Sidecar is a little different and can work well (possibly even better) with the less expensive brandies. The recipe is also surprisingly simple. It calls for 3/4 oz Cointreau, 3/4 oz lemon juice and 1 1/2 oz cognac being placed in a shaker. Shake well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled glass which has had the outside rim rubbed with lemon juice and been dipped in sugar.
The last drink on our list is not as manly as the previous, but for entertaining purposes is just as important; especially when that entertaining involves a beautiful girl. The Cosmopolitan (or Cosmos) might be pink and one of the girliest looking drinks out there, but it is also one of the most popular among women. Possibly due to its constant mention on the popular (with women) TV series Sex and the City. A lady is more likely to stay for a Cosmos than for shots and some old beer. And this girly martini is actually one of the least girly martinis because of the amount of alcohol within in it. To make a Cosmos grab 1 1/2 oz vodka, 3/4 oz triple sec, 3/4 oz cranberry juice and 1 oz fresh lime juice. Pour it all into a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass.
What are some of the drinks you recommend every man should know how to make?
Last edited by Aaron Stommel; 06-06-2013 at 10:54 AM.
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