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09 Jul 2014 By

Think cocktails are poncey? You’re missing out, mate. It’s ordering a lager in one of those New York-style prohibition-era bars that’s pretty damn girly. Here are 11 cocktails you’d be a tool not to try.

1. Negroni 

1 1/2 oz London Dry Gin

3/4 oz Campari

3/4 oz Italian Vermouth 

This is old Italian class, think Cary Grant in Roman Holiday. 


2. Old Fashioned

2 oz Bourbon or Rye Whiskey

1/4 oz Simple Syrup

2 Dashes Angostura Bitters 

Don Draper orders this. That is all.


3. Whiskey Sour

3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice

3/4 oz Simple Syrup (one part water, one part sugar)

1 1/2 oz Bourbon 

Have something a little tart, because like attracts like.


4. Manhattan

2 oz Bourbon or Rye Whiskey

1 oz Sweet Vermouth

2 Dashes Angostura Bitters 

Another bourbon variation – because you know that schtuff is good.


5. Rusty Nail

1 1/2 oz Scotch

3/4 oz Drambuie 

Unf**ckupable. Scotch plus scotch-based liqueur plenty of ice, and you’re off. Ask for single malt scotch to distinguish yourself from the plebs.


6. Tom Collins

2 oz Gin

1 oz Simple Syrup

3/4 Lemon Juice

Club Soda 

Gin & tonic fans – this is the next level.


7. Moscow Mule

2 oz Vodka

3 oz Ginger Beer

Juice of half a lime 

Punch hot steamy nights in the face with this.


8. Mint Julep

2 oz Bourbon Whiskey

1/2 oz Simple Syrup

Leaves from 4-5 Mint Sprigs 

The drink of Southern gentlemen.


9. Rob Roy

1 1/2 oz Scotch Whisky

3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth

Stir ingredients with ice, strain into a cocktail glass, and serve. Don’t overstir.


10. Sidecar

1/4 Lemon juice

1 oz Triple Sec (Curacao, Grand Mariner, Cointreau are acceptable subs)

1 oz Brandy or Cognac

A classic that says “I know what the hell I’m doing.”  


11. (Japanese) Whisky Highball

In a tall – at least 12 ounces – narrow-mouthed glass (which preserves the bubbles), pour:

2 oz Whisky (What you choose determines the quality, so choose wisely. And don’t slug it.)

2-4 oz Club Soda (Sparkling Water, Seltzer)

Simple but not without principles – A great way to introduce japanese whisky to your mates or rediscover your favorite single malt.


Now nobody said you have to sip. Choose your poison, order without flinching, and slam that mother down.


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