• 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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