Top 5 MANly cocktails!

No sweet stuff going on here! This is our Top 5 MANly Cocktails! For MEN!
These cocktails will take a little more practice to get just right but, in time, one will learn how to balance these and they are all the more enjoyable for the effort.

Before we begin, I would just like to make a slight side note on the preparation of these drinks.

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Making Stirred Drinks– Martinis, Old Fashioneds, Sazeracs, Manhattans…

1.  The Old Fashioned – Simple, but a classic.
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50ml Woodford Reserve Bourbon (Or Sazerac Rye Whiskey, for a sharper drink)
10ml Sugar Syrup
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
2 Dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters
Orange Peel

Method: Add all ingredients to mixing glass. Add ice. Stir with bar spoon until balanced – taste with a straw if necessary. Single strain into a chilled rocks glass over a large ice cube. Garnish with orange peel (spray oils over drink before adding to glass). Serve.

2. The Sazerac – An eloquent twist on the old fashioned.
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25ml Sazerac Rye Whiskey
25ml Hennessy XO Cognac
10ml Sugar Syrup
1 Dash Angostura Bitters
4 Dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
15ml La Fee Absinthe
Lemon Peel

The addition of cognac to this cocktail lends a beautiful warmth, with an added complexity to that of the Old Fashioned cocktail. The cocktail originates from New Orleans and was initially made with cognac (hence the name from the “Sazerac de Forge et Fils” brand of cognac), which then changed to Rye Whiskey when Cognac became scarce in the New Orleans area. My personal preference (lending some similarity to Simon Difford’s Recipe) is to use half Rye Whiskey and half Cognac. I find the warmth of the cognac along with the sharpness of the rye whiskey causes to compliment each other beautifully.

Method: Rinse serving glass with La Fee Absinthe and discard what is left. Add all other ingredients to mixing glass. Add ice. Stir with bar spoon until balanced – taste with a straw if necessary. Single strain into a chilled rocks glass or brandy balloon. This drink should be served straight up! I.e. without ice. Garnish with lemon peel (spray oils over drink before adding to glass). Serve.

3. Manhattan – The Classic Manhattan.
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Ingredients:
50ml Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey
20ml Dolin Rouge Vermouth
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
Lemon Peel

 

This is a truly beautiful drink and offers a refreshing change from the Old Fashioned. The sweet vermouth causes to lend the drink a beautiful spiciness and body, whilst the lemon garnish serves to give the flavors a delicate lift.

Method: Add all ingredients to mixing glass. Add ice. Stir until balanced – taste with a straw if necessary. Single strain into a chilled martini glass. Once again, this drink is served without ice. Garnish with lemon peel ( remember to spray oils over drink before adding to glass). Serve.

4. Negroni – Beautifully Bitter.
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Ingredients:
25ml Beefeater London Dry Gin
25ml Martini Rosso Vermouth
25ml Campari
Orange peel
This drink calls to be mixed in equal parts. The beauty of this drink is in it’s simplicity, but also in it’s fantastically bold flavors. This can be either made in a mixing glass, as before, or simply by adding the ingredients to the glass and giving a quick stir before serving. Remember to garnish with the orange peel. The oils from the zest are an important component of the drink.
If you wish to stay whiskey based, you may switch the single shot of gin for a shot and a half of bourbon. This is known as a Boulevardier cocktail. Make both and see which you prefer!

5. The Vesper Martini – Opulent Eloquence.
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Ingredients:

50ml Tanqueray No. 10 Gin
20ml Grey Goose Vodka
10ml Lillet Blanc
Lemon Peel Garnish

This is a beautifully eloquent and delicate drink, but it’s subtle complexity renders it a MANly drink nevertheless.
Choosing a high quality, very clean vodka lends the drink a beautiful clarity, whilst choosing a gin which is high in juniper allows the bold flavor to cut through the vodka. The delicate whisper of the Lillet Blanc serve to hold the drink together in a wonderfully balanced combination.

Method: Add all ingredients to mixing glass. Shake with ice until well chilled (a layer of frost should be present on the shaker). Single strain into a well chilled martini glass. Once again, drink is served without ice. Garnish with lemon peel ( remember to spray oils over drink before adding to glass). Serve and enjoy!

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