Five Essential Cocktails Every Man Should Know

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Get ready for cocktail hour with this quick guide.


What’s in it? 60ml gin, 10ml dry vermouth, ice cubes, and olives for garnish

You can’t start this list with anything other than James Bond’s drink of choice — even if ‘shaken not stirred’, properly known as a Bradford, ticks off Martini purists for diluting the drink and ‘bruising’ the gin’s flavour. That’s not an issue if you’re having a vodka martini, which emerged in the 1950s dubbed the ‘kangaroo cocktail’.




What’s in it? 50ml rye whisky, 20ml Italian vermouth, two dashes of bitters, cracked ice, and two maraschino cherries for garnish

There are many claims to the origins of this classic dating back to the 19th Century, but the modern Manhattan was born out of New York’s speakeasy scene during the Prohibition era of the 1920s. The strong flavours make it the perfect drink for a cold, wintry evening.


Old Fashioned

What’s in it? 50ml rye whisky, two or three dashes of bitters, sugar cube, splash of water, and a slice of orange for garnish

A concoction that originated in a Kentucky gentleman’s club in the 1880s, the Old Fashioned has come back into vogue thanks to Don Draper, who was hardly spotted in Mad Men without a short round tumbler in his hand.



What’s in it? 30ml gin, 30ml Campari, 30ml sweet vermouth, and an orange slice for garnish

A century-old legend says this little taste of ‘la dolce vita’ began with an Italian count who asked his bartender to swap the water in his Americano for gin, producing the perfect balance of three fine liqueurs. The Negroni is equal parts gin, sweet vermouth and Campari — but it’s defined by the Campari’s bitter finish.



What’s in it? 30ml vodka, 30ml cranberry juice, 15ml triple sec, splash of lime juice, cracked ice, and a twist of lemon for garnish

This bright pink, sweet citrus cocktail is one that’s sure to impress a female friend after the Cosmo was made famous by Sarah Jessica Parker and co. in Sex and the City.