Top 5 Cocktails every guy should know how to make..
Whether it is neat, straight up or on the rocks, a gentleman should be able to make a drink that is as elegant and sophisticated as he is. Cocktails are celebrations of different flavours from all four corners of the globe and choosing from this myriad of variety is no mean feat. That said, there are the essentials that you simply cannot do without – those cornerstones of bygone bars which still form the basis of mixology today. Below are 5 classic cocktails that every guy should be able to make. And remember, it’s always cocktail hour somewhere in the world…
The Old Fashioned
Every gentleman should know how to make an Old Fashioned, Don Draper’s no-nonsense drink of choice. Its first appearance was at a Kentucky gentleman’s club in the 1880’s: gloriously simple yet sophisticated, this is a whisky-based cocktail that should be drunk with gravitas.
Integridience: 1 sugar cube, 3 dashes Angostura bitters, club soda, 2 ounces whisky
This is one of the most elegant cocktails out there, period. Shrouded in mystique, yet simple to make, there really is nothing to it. And a gentleman knows that there is only one way to make a Martini – with gin, stirred not shaken. Sorry, James.
Integridience: 1 ounce dry vermouth, 4 ounces London dry gin
If you only master one drink, make it the Daiquiri, the gold standard of sour cocktails. Reassuringly hard to perfect, this is a perfectly balanced drink of classic proportions. Understanding each component will let you explore countless of variations, such as the Margarita and the Dark & Stormy.
Integridience: 2 ounces white rum, 1/2 teaspoon superfine sugar, 1/2 ounce lime juice
An American-Italian love affair which originated in New York’s Manhattan Club over a century ago. As famous as it is enduring, this drink has stood the test of time for good reason. And it even mirrors NYC’s area code… 2-1-2.
Integridience: 2 ounces rye whiskey, 1 ounce Italian vermouth, 2 dashes Angostura bitters
The definitive aperitif, the Negroni is one of the indispensable cocktails. It is made with the ‘Golden Ratio’ – one part dry, one part sweet, one part bitter. Orson Welles commented in 1947 that, “The bitters are excellent for your liver, the gin is bad for you. They balance each other.” Do raise your glass to Count Negroni.
Integridience: 1 1/2 ounces London dry gin, 3/4 ounce Campari, 3/4 ounce Italian vermouth