7 Classic Manly Cocktails to Put Some Hair on Your Chest
2012 has been a pretty incredible year thus far. The good part is, it’s not quite over. With all of the distractions in the world today, most of all us could use a good, stiff drink to wind down after a long day. Whether it be after work, school, or just a nightcap to send you off for a proper rest. The bottom line is…a good manly cocktail is almost impossible to replace. The GentleManual would like to be your virtual tour guide to the classiest concoctions that have so eloquently graced our favorite watering holes since most of us can remember. We would like to think of this list of cocktails as ‘the manliest’…but who cares if they’re manly or not. They’re pretty damn good.
6 fluid oz of Vodka
1 dash of dry Vermouth
1 oz of Olive Juice
3 Green Olives
Pour these ingredients into a shaker, give a few generous shakes, and pour into a Martini glass. Simple, elegant, and timeless. Just be sure to use a higher-end Vodka. You don’t want to dress your Martini down with cheap Vodka. Also, don’t shake your shaker too aggressively. You risk watering it down. Even James Bond would agree…shaken…but not too much.
2 oz of Rye Whiskey
1/2 oz of sweet Vermouth
2-3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
Maraschino Cherry for garnish
Pour your ingredients into your mixing glass or shaker. Stir/Shake. Strain. Add cherry. Boom. Done. Traditionally this is served in a Martini glass, but any glass will do. You can go the Don Draper way on Mad Men and use and Old Fashioned glass. Either way you’re still having the pleasure of enjoying the oldest known cocktails. There are several different variations of this, but this recipe is all you need.
1 1/2 oz of Cognac (or Bourbon)
1 oz of Triple Sec
1/2 oz of Lemon Juice
Sugar rim (optional)
You guessed it. Ingredients in a shaker. Shake generously on this one. If you water the drink down with ice shards, it will off-set the tartness of the lemon juice slightly. It might seem unmanly for the sugar on the rim, but it’s a great addition to the drink and it lets the women know how sweet you are (wink, wink). This cocktail was born around WWI and has remained a staple in classy establishments since then.
2 oz of Bourbon (or Rye Whiskey)
2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
1 splash of water (or club soda)
1 tbsp of sugar
1 Maraschino Cherry
1 Orange Wedge
Pour your sugar, water, and bitters in. Place your cherry and orange wedge. Use a muddler of the back of a spoon to work the ingredients into a paste. Once this is done, pour your bourbon and use a few ice cubes. Stir. Wallah. Old Fashioned ready for consumption. Among cocktail aficionados there will be an argument almost every time about the appropriate way to make these. My suggestion, play around and see what you like best. Traditional drink recipes are made to be amended.
1 1/2 oz of Scotch
1/2 oz of Drambuie
1 twist lemon peel
Simple, simple, simple. Fill Old Fashioned glass to the top with ice. Pour Scotch and Drambuie. Stir. Drop lemon peel in. Enjoy. This delectable treat is described as a great after dinner drink or around the Holidays. The honey flavor of the Drambuie paired with the Scotch gives a warm feeling and some prefer it with no ice (neat) to best utilize this wonderful combo.
2 oz of Absinthe
6 oz of cold water
1-2 sugar cubes
1 slotted spoon
Pour your Absinthe in the glass.Place your spoon and sugar cube as pictured. Then pour your water over the spoon and sugar. You’ll begin to see a clouded reaction known as the ‘louche’. Since Absinthe was banned in 1915, then the ban was lifted in 2007, it has been making a gradual comeback. It typically has a strong liquorish flavor, but that’s what the sugar is for. The herbs it is distilled with give a slightly different feeling than the run-of-the-mill alcohol.
1 1/2 oz of Scotch (or Bourbon)
3/4 of Amaretto Almond Liqueur
Pour both the Scotch and Amaretto over ice into an old fashioned glass. Stir slightly. Then take a sip and channel your inner Marlon Brando. This drink is certainly not for amateurs. This drink, like all others, can be changed with no ice or extra garnish of cherry or lemon wedge. Personally it seems pretty perfect as is. But add your own flair accordingly. Hell, even give it another name if you’d like.