Manly drinks are back in vogue, so every man should know these top 10 gentleman’s drinks. Each drink has been carefully selected so you can order any off the list with full confidence that you will be the coolest at the bar.
Some of the drinks on the list you will recognise straight away, but there may be a couple you are not familiar with. Make sure you give them all a try at least once, you may find there is something that just hits the spot.
These are in no particular order, they are just the best!
Remi Martin XO
A fine cognac warmed in the hand will always set a man apart from the crowd. There are three kinds of Cognac you can buy, sorted by quality:
- VS (Very Special) – stored for at least two years in casks.
- VSOP (Very Superior Old Pale) – stored for at least four years in casks.
- XO (Extra Old) – stored for at least six years in casks.
All are excellent, but if you are the type who finds spirits burns your throat, go for the XO – it has a far smoother delivery.
Whisky on ice has always been a classic drink of the refined, but the modern tendency to ruin classic drinks with an unhealthy serving of cola has all but tarnished the reputation of one of the classics – Jack Daniels No 7. Don’t worry, those Tennessee boys have done themselves proud with the fantastic Gentleman’s Jack. It is a very smooth oaky whisky you will find in most good bars.
Gin & Tonic
Gin is a quintessential gentleman’s spirit and the retro Gin and tonic is making a revival. Just don’t ruin it by asking for slimline….
Just from the name you know this is going to hurt and is for men only! made from:
- 1 1/2 oz. scotch whiskey
- 1/2 oz. drambuie
If James Bond drinks it, it’s on the list.
- 4 measures Vodka
- 1 measure dry Vermouth
- Shake with ice. Do not stir
- Add 1 green olive
- Garnish with a thin slice of lemon peel
- Serve in a cocktail glass
Apart from being one of the healthiest drinks you can buy, Red wine has always been seen to be sophisticated. Incredibly versatile, you are bound to find one to suit your taste.
A drink that has threatened to make it back onto the big stage for sometime but has never quite got there. It’s now enjoyed by those ‘in the know’
2 1/2 oz rye whisky not scotch
3/4 oz sweet vermouth
1 dash Angostura bitters
Garnish with a Maraschino cherry and a twist of orange peel
Another underrated drink that will blow your socks off if unprepared. Deliciously refreshing.
- 2 ounces of vodka
- 1 ounce of Kahlúa (any coffee liqueur will do, but Kahlúa is standard)
- 1 ounce heavy cream or half-and-half. Milk will do in a pinch.
Imported lager in a tall glass
Sometimes nothing will quench a thirst on a hot summers day like a long cool beer. Domestic beers are heavy and malty so stick with an imported lager in a tall glass.
Just to prove that not all manly drinks have to have alcohol in them. You just have to walk past an Italian coffee bar to see just how manly and cool espresso can be!