Gentlemen, by now you should have a good idea of how to dress, but you will still look ridiculous if you go out dressed dapper, sit at a bar and keep drinking like a frat boy (beer, jack and coke, gin and 7up, basically anything involving hard liquor and a soft drink).
Step out of your drinking comfort zone and expand your palate to classic cocktails that have been around for generations, try new establishments that serve finely made cocktails (don’t expect to get a quality drink at a nightclub where bartenders will look puzzled if you ask for a manhattan or old fashioned). You want to know what makes a manly drink? Alcohol mixed with alcohol. Here are a few examples to get you started.
1. The Martini
Before you criticize saying “it’s a girly drink, blah, blah, blah” Spare me the bullshit and get educated. This is probably the king of all cocktails.The stuff you see women drinking all colourful and in a martini glass IS NOT a martini, just because it’s in the same type of glass doesn’t make it one! A martini consists of 3 things: gin, dry vermouth and either an olive or lemon peel garnish. It should be served ice cold in a chilled martini glass and STIRRED, not SHAKEN! Mr. Bond had it wrong all along. It should have a clear consistency if it looks clouded, send it back! It means the bartender shook the hell out of it.
Ah, the Manhattan, one of my favourites. Now a true Manhattan has 3 ingredients: Rye whiskey, Sweet vermouth and bitters. Like the Martini, it should be served ice cold in a chilled cocktail (martini) glass. Of course there can be some variations on the type of whiskey used depending on your personal choice. And it should be garnished with an orange zest or maraschino cherry.
|Manhattan made at home by your’s truly
3. Old Fashioned
If you’ve ever seen “Mad Men” you’ve heard of this one. Not only is it Don Draper’s drink of choice it’s also Don Dapper’s! What’s in it? Bourbon, a sugar cube and bitters. Unlike the other 2 drinks mentioned above this one is served in an old-fashioned glass also unlike the others the ice cubes remain in the drink. It is garnished with a cherry and/or orange wedge. It has a slightly sweeter taste due to the sugar cube and bourbon.
This New Orleans classic might not be on all bar’s menus, but if you are lucky to come across it, give it a go! It is quite the stiff drink, so don’t have too many of em. What’s in it you ask? Rye whiskey, sugar cube, Peychaud’s bitters and the secret ingredient, absinthe. It is served neat (meaning no ice) in an old fashioned glass and comes garnished with a lemon peel.
5. Scotch/Cognac/Whiskey served neat.
Nothing feels more manly than savouring a glass of 15, 20, 25 or 30 year old scotch and enjoying the different flavours in them. Same goes for Cognac.
|Scotch, served in a proper Scotch glass on the left, and to the right, a glass of fine Cognac
Bonus: I have talked about a few different kinds of whiskeys in this post, here is a link to help you understand what makes each one what they are!
Enjoy the weekend everyone, try to come out of your usual drinking shell but don’t overdo it and please don’t drink and drive! As always though, stay dapper 😉