5 Classic Cocktails Every Man Should Know

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There’s
been a trend lately to get back to the old way of doing things,
especially when it comes to things we ingest. People are eating
organic produce, for example, and some are going as far as planting
their own gardens. Many chefs are serving old-world comfort food
right next to their innovative dishes. This trend has also entered
the world of libations. Drink menus around the country are starting
to have more of the old classics included on them. Many mixologists
are using these cocktails as starting points for newer versions
that take advantage of the plethora of products out there today.
Recipe books from classic bars such as the Old
Waldorf-Astoria
, The
Savoy
, and the Stork
Club
are available in reprint editions for the new generation
to use. And who can forget Old
Mr. Boston
? They’ve been printings those books since 1935
and still do to this day.

But you don’t
need a recipe book to get started mixing up some of the classic
cocktails men have been drinking for decades (and in some cases,
more than a century). Here’s how to create the 5 classic cocktails
every man should know.

Let’s
make some drinks!

1. The Old
Fashioned

The Old Fashioned
is a bourbon based cocktail, but try it with any whisky.
You may find you like the sweeter taste of a Canadian whisky, the
more sour taste of the Tennessee stuff, or, for some complexity,
use rye. This drink uses a short round glass, sometimes called an
Old
Fashioned glass
, after the drink itself.

Put 1 sugar
cube in glass
Add 2–3 dashes of Angostura bitters
Add 1 Splash of Soda Water
Muddle (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

Notes on Muddling:
To muddle just means to smash. You can use whatever is at your disposal.
Some bartenders muddle with the back of their bar spoon for light
muddling and use a muddler (basically a wooden dowel about the width
of a broom handle) for more intense smashing.

Variations:

For a sweeter
drink, add more sugar or muddle a peeled orange slice along with
the sugar and bitters. For a weaker drink, use less whisky and top
with soda water. Use just whiskey, sugar, and bitters to make the
Sazerac (swirl the glass with absinthe and dump out before filling
for a true one).

2. The Manhattan

Another whiskey
based cocktail, more of a variation on a Martini. Where the Martini
is gin and dry vermouth, the Manhattan is whiskey and sweet vermouth.
And don’t forget the bitters! Angostura or Peychaud’s
works fine.

3 parts Canadian
or Rye Whiskey
1 part
Sweet (Red) Vermouth
1 dash
bitters

Make in mixing
glass filled with ice. Stir until very cold (stirring is very important
to help the ice melt to water it down a bit and make it more palatable).
Pour into cocktail glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Variations:

Trade the whiskey
for scotch to make it a Rob Roy. Trade with brandy for a Metropolitan.
If you desire the drink to be sweeter, add some juice from the maraschino
cherries.

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April
13, 2010

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