Manly Mixed Drinks

Mixed drinks have a bad reputation among guys for being too feminine or not strong enough — but you don’t have to order a strawberry appletini to enjoy a great mixed drink.

Here are some delicious cocktail recipes for even the manliest of men:

Whiskey Sour
whiskey sour

Whiskey sours are a classic, simple drink to make or order. You only have to worry about the ratio of whiskey to sour mix.

  • 1 1/2 oz whiskey
  • 1 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • maraschino cherry
  • orange slice

Mix all liquids together in a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake and strain into a glass and garnish with the cherry and orange slice.

Old Fashioned
old fashioned whiskey cocktail
Thanks to “Mad Men,” this drink is back and as masculine as ever. Drinking these is just step one in trying to be half as cool as Don Draper.

  • 3 dashes bitters
  • 1 tsp water
  • 1 sugar cube
  • 3 oz bourbon whiskey
  • club soda
  • 1 slice orange
  • 1 maraschino cherry

Muddle the bitters, water, and sugar cube against the bottom of your glass. Almost fill the glass with ice cubes and add the bourbon. Top off with club soda. Garnish with an orange slice and the cherry.

Rusty Nail    rusty nail cocktail Drink names don’t get much manlier than this.  This is a smooth, slightly sweet drink that will help you ease your way into becoming a scotch drinker.

  • 1 1/2 oz scotch
  • 3/4 oz Drambuie
  • 1 lemon twist

Stir ingredients into a scotch glass and garnish with a lemon twist.  It’s really that easy.
(Substitute amaretto for Drambuie to make a drink called the Godfather.)

Martini, Drydry gin martini James Bond drinks them.  Need I say more?

  • 2 1/2 oz gin
  • 1/2 oz dry vermouth
  • 1 green olive

Stir gin, vermouth, and ice in a mixing glass. Strain the mixture into a martini glass. Garnish with an olive.

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