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As a real gentleman, you need to realize that drinking is an art and quality supersedes quantity anytime, any day. This art has gone beyond drinking just to get drunk, and you can now enjoy the unique taste, flavor and scent of classic drinks. Men are following current trends these days, which is going back to the old classic way of doing things. Unsurprisingly, this trend has been adopted by the world of libations. A lot of menus are incorporating classic drinks and cocktails alongside their best dishes. Cocktails are now the starting point for many mixologists who are making good use of the plethora of ingredients available.

Be it a perfect Martini or a classic Daiquiri, there are some important drinks you need to add to your entertaining arsenal. If properly mastered, these recipes are definitely going to turn you into an amateur mixologist. Learn how to make a bloody Mary that will automatically turn your breakfast into a brunch or a drink that any lady in a bikini will love.




Named after one of the five boroughs in New York, this unique whiskey-based cocktail is made from whiskey, bitters and vermouth. Canadian whiskey, Tennessee whiskey, rye, bourbon and blended whiskey are the most common whiskeys used in making it. It can be adorned with a Maraschino cherry and served in a cocktail glass or a lowball glass. Replace Manhattan’s sweet vermouth with Maraschino liqueur and dry vermouth to get Brooklyn cocktail, and also Manhattan’s traditional bitters with Amer Picon. To make a Rob Roy, replace the whiskey with scotch.


3/4 oz. sweet vermouth

2 ½ oz. bourbon whiskey

1 twist orange peel

1 dash Angostura bitters

1 maraschino cherry

Mix the bourbon whiskey, vermouth and bitters and stir gently. Add ice cubes and continue stirring gently to avoid clouding the drink. Put the cherry in a chilled glass and strain the mixture. Rub the open part of the orange over the edge of the glass and squeeze it to release the juice but don’t let it drop in.



L. Mencken describes the Martini as "the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet. Arguably one of the best-known alcoholic beverages; the Martini is a clear drink originally made with gin and can be garnished with a lemon twist or an olive. To make a vodka Martini, replace the gin with vodka.


60 ml/2 parts Plymouth Gin

20ml/0.75 parts dry vermouth

1 olive (to garnish)

Green olives or a twist of lemon

Mix the ingredients together, add ice cubes and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Use an olive or lemon twist to garnish and you can mix it with either gin or vermouth to get a different feel. Add gin to dry it out or vermouth to make a ‘wetter drink.’



Invented in the 19th century, this quintessential drink is a classic mix of whiskey, sugar and bitters.  It is usually served in an old fashioned glass, a round short glass which resembles a tumbler and was named after the drink.  If all you’ve got is a rye or bourbon and bitters, then all you need more is a little sugar or a sweetener.


1 splash Club soda

1 tsp Sugar

1 Maraschino cherry

4 dashes Angostura bitters

2 oz. Bourbon

1 Orange wheel

Mix the orange slice, bitters, Maraschino cherry and sugar in an old fashioned glass. Leave for a while until the sugar is dissolved and the flavor in the fruit is released. Add ice cubes to the mix and pour rye whiskey or bourbon. Then garnish with a cherry and fresh orange wheel.



The Daiquiri is one of the simplest cocktails to make. This quintessential rum cocktail can be prepared similar to the Martini; all you need to make one is rum, a sweetener and lime. After preparing, you can refine its taste to perfection; add more lime if too sweet and more sugar if it is a little too tart.


3/4 Ounce lime juice

1/4 Ounce sugar syrup

1 ½ Ounce light rum

Add a few cubes of ice to a cocktail shaker and add lime juice, light rum and sugar syrup. Mix well and strain the content into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a wedge of lime over the edge of the glass to garnish.



Invented around the end of World War 1, the Sidecar is an invigorating mixture of cognac, lemon juice and triple sec. In the Mad Men era, it was a bar staple and was named after a captain in the American army who rode on a motorbike sidecar all around Paris.



1.5 oz. VS or VSOP Cognac

0.75 Oz Cointreau

0.75 oz. Fresh lemon juice

1 Orange peel

Rub the outside rim of the cocktail glass with lemon juice and dip in sugar before making the drink. Leave the cocktail glass for a while and mi the cognac with lemon juice, ice cubes and triple sec. Strain the contents into the chilled glass, use a piece of orange peel to garnish it.




The origin of this unique cocktail is shrouded in mystery. In North America, it is one of the most popular cocktails and there a numerous recipes to making it. It is very similar to the sidecar and is a great mix with tequila.


1 oz. triple sec or Cointreau, triple sec

1.5 oz. Blanco tequila

0.75 Oz. freshly squeezed lime juice

Kosher salt (optional)


1 Lime wheel

Add the ingredients to a shaker and add ice cubes. Mix well and strain the mixture into a chilled rocks glass or cocktail glass that is already filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a lime wheel. Add a little agave syrup to make it a little sweeter, and then shake the mixture.



The bitterness of this drink makes it intense and and it is a distinctive taste to some. The Negroni is the definition of balance in the world of cocktails if it is perfectly made.


0.75 oz. Sweet vermouth

0.75 oz. Bitter liqueur or Campari

1 oz. Gin


1 Orange twist

Mix all the ingredients together in a rock glass and fill with ice. Stir the mixture together and garnish with an orange twist.




There are endless variations to making a Bloody Mary. That is what makes it unique. You can add Tabasco, chili, herbs, Worcestershire sauce and even bacon.


4 dashes of Worcestershire sauce

4 parts organic tomato juice

2 parts Grey Goose vodka

Pinch of black pepper

4 dashes of hot pepper sauce or Tabasco

Pinch of sea salt or fleur de sel

Ice cubes

½ part fresh lemon juice



Fresh aromatic herbs

Ground black pepper

Mix all the ingredients together in a stirring glass or a shaker. Add plenty ice cubes to the mixture. Shake the container forward and backward if you are using a shaker and avoid letting the drink become frothy. Stir vigorously if you are using a stirrer and pour into a glass, and then add fresh ice.


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