Top ten gentleman’s drinks

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

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.

Gentleman’s Jack

Jack Daniels

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….
Rusty Nail

Rusty Nail

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

Vodka Martini

Vodka Martini

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

Red Wine

Red Wine

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.

Whiskey Manhattan


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

White russian

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!

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  1. Good list, however, nothing says class and sophistication quite like a quality, premium scotch (single mat), served neat.

    1. Hi Yusuf,

      I am a real fan of a good single malt. I think it’s about time I wrote an updated list. My idea of a premium scotch is one that would be old enough to order a drink on it’s own!

    1. Hi Jim, Thanks for the comment. My post on gentleman’s drinks has been the one I get the most emails about. I will be posting an update very soon so any more suggestions you have, email them over.

  2. Gavin, Thanks for the comment. You are right – there are more great drinks out there and a Gin Martini is definitely one of them. It is about time I did an update on this post for 2012! If you have any other suggestions, post them up.

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