The world is going back to the old ways of doing things, particularly when it comes to food and drinks. Drink menus, in its own way, have gone back in time resorting to classic cocktails which were being served since the beginning of the 20th century. A whole lot of mixologists have been using these classic cocktails lately, which serves as an initial point to the fresh and innovative drinks they prepare to make the menu even more sumptuous. These old-fashioned drinks can also be derived into many other fine cocktails with just some simple additions and variations.
You don’t require to buy long editions of recipe books to make a glass of fine classy cocktail for yourself and your buddies. Although men are not fond of cocktails but here are 5 mouth-watering drinks that men would love to taste and should definitely know:
- The Old-Fashioned:
This famous cocktail is a bourbon based cocktail but you can easily replace the bourbon with any whiskey. If you like to have a sweeter taste one may use Canadian Whiskey or use the Tennessee stuff for a little sour taste, or use rye for a tad more complexity. This classic cocktail is served in a short and round glass, which sometimes is called the Old Fashioned glass which is named after the drink itself.
Start by putting a sugar cube into the glass and add 2 to 3 dashes of Angustora bitters.
Add a splash of soda water and smash the mixture until the sugar dissolves, and then fill the glass with ice cubes. You can use the back of the spoon for light smashing or a muddler for smashing to be intense. Add whiskey in amounts as desired to the top of the glass and stir. To garnish, add a slice of orange slice and maraschino cherry.
- The Manhattan
This drink is again based on whiskey. It’s different for the gin and vermouth based martinis in relation to the basic components which are whiskey and sweet vermouth. For preparation, add 3 parts of Canadian or Rye whiskey with a part of sweet and red vermouth. Add a dash of Angustora or Peychaud’s bitters. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and stir until very cold. Pour into cocktail glasses and enjoy The Manhattan!
- The Tom Collins
The Tom Collins is a cool summer beverage which is served in a tall glass filled with ice, based on gin and is sweet and bubbly. To prepare this ecstatic cocktail, add one and half oz gin,half oz simple syrup, juice from half a lemon and soda water and shake the mixture over ice. Strain into Collins glass filled with ice and top with soda water. Garnish with orange slice and maraschino cherry.
Instead of gin, pour vodka for Vodka Collins, tequila to make Juan Collins, rum to get a Rum Collins or whiskey to make a Whiskey sour.
- The Sidecar
This is a popular French cocktail, usually served into sour glass or cocktail glass. For preparation, add ¾ ounce of Cointreau, ¾ ounce of lemon juice and one and half ounce of cognac, shake over ice and serve in a sugar rimmed glass with a lemon twist for garnishing. To turn this French school recipe into a less sweeter English school, add Cognac : Cointreau : lemon juice in 3:1:1 parts.
- The Martini
To finish off the list we have this very popular classic cocktail constituting 4 parts Gin and 1 part dry vermouth. Pour the above ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice, stir well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Squeeze a peel of lemon over the drink and use an olive for garnishing.
These 5 cocktails picked out directly from the list of popular and classic drinks, are really easy to make at home and we hope you find a new favourite among them.
Article by sushmoy mallik