Every man should know how to mix a good drink. Pick a few classics to specialize in--Old Fashioneds, if you're into bourbon, or make your own amaretto or infused vodka cocktails.
If you take the traditional manhattan and substitute Benedictine for sweet vermouth and use Peychaud’s instead of Angostura bitters, you have a Monte Carlo Cocktail.
Pimm’s itself is a heady combo of gin, fruit extracts, and various liqueurs. As cups go, this one’s #1. Polo, anyone?
See, there was this bar in Burma back in the day…. Who knows. But this is a tasty, tasty gin cocktail.
The classic aperitif in all its ginny, apricot brandified glory.
If you did not celebrate Peru’s “National Pisco Sour Day” this year, it’s not too late to pay your respects.
You have to shake and shake and shake a gin fizz. Vigorously. Just make sure you have the cap firmly secured to the lid. I shook a gin fizz once without replacing the cap to the lid. Egg whites and cream everywhere. It’s a beautiful cocktail when it’ not all over the walls.
If you’ve been to Bermuda without trying one of these, you should consider getting back on a plane and setting things right. Dark rum, fresh juice, and the secret ingredient, falernum. Mmm.
Don’t scoff, another delicious rye-based cocktail. One from the Prohibition era.
Born in the Hotel Monteleone in the Old Quarter of New Orleans back in the 1930s, it’s a delicious and complex-tasting cocktail.
My wife’s three favorite cocktails feature rye: old fashioned, manhattan, cocktail a la louisiane. But since you can’t always count on luck like this, it pays to know how to make a Cosmo. Here’s one that’s not too offensive.
It’s just whiskey and hard cider, and it tastes like autumn over ice.
There are a couple versions of this cocktail floating around. This is the whiskey version of the Prince of Wales. Created in the later 1880s, it was named after Queen Victoria’s son, Edward.
I pulled back on the juice here -- too much juice and you bury the rye. But if you prefer, increase the orange and lemon juices by ¼ of an ounce or so each. A cocktail from the late 19th century, it's named after the 8th ward in Boston.
I like the way Benedictine mixes with rye. And its little bit of sweetness means you can use dry vermouth instead of sweet here. This cocktail really is a brainstorm.
It’s just a simple cocktail of Scotch and almondy Amaretto. But do yourself this favor. You won’t forget it.
Like the golden-haired actress it was named after, this cocktail was very popular back in the day. It deserves a second act.
Jack Daniel’s is distilled in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Don't try to sneak any Kentucky bourbon into this cocktail, it's bad juju.
There’s that scene in Mad Men where Fred Rumsen says, “Breakfast without orange juice is a hell of a long day.” Soon after, Fred learns the dangers of the breakfast cocktail. At any rate, the Screwdriver. Best served after brunch, Fred.
It’s a screwdriver with some Galliano (the herbal Italian liqueur) floated over the top.
Ready to tie some bacon on? Make your own bacon-flavored vodka to impress your friends. Enjoy straight shots of bacon-y goodness, or use this to create a killer Bloody Mary.