A Gentleman’s Top 10 Drinks

Roger Sterling (John Slattery) and Don Draper (Jon Hamm) at the bar — again.

10 Classic Cocktails Every Man Has To Try (And How To Make Them)

From business events to romantic dates, alcohol can be a social lubricant. For the Don Draper of the millennial era, we’ve put together one hell of a »must-drink» list for you to incorporate into your professional and personal life. Finding a masculine drink that fits your lifestyle isn’t necessary, but this list gives any type of drinker the chance to see what types of variety is out there, without having to sample every single one. With a favorite drink, it’s about finding the right taste for your personality and lifestyle – even if that means some cranberry juice and lime. While there is nothing wrong with a man enjoying cosmos and sugary cocktails, here are our top ten «manly» drinks to quell your cravings for bolder beverages.

Irish Carb Bomb

Irish Car Boms is rumored to put hair on your chest. Dig up a shot that consists of half Irish Cream (Bailey’s is always a good choice) and half Irish Whiskey, throw it into a stout of Guinness, and chug it like it’s the last drink you’ll ever consume.

Traditional Irish Car Bomb Recipe &

  • 1/2 Shot of Irish Whiskey
  • 1/2 Shot of Irish Cream
  • 3/4 Pint of Guinness Stout

Old Fashioned

One of the most popular drinks on our list, the Old Fashioned even has a website dedicated to its origin, how to make it, and how not to screw it up. According to research, the drink was invented in the 1800s as a «morning cocktail» and eventually became more of a social beverage. It’s a simple drink, consisting of sugar to taste, bitters to taste, and about 2 ounces of either bourbon or rye whiskey served in an old fashioned or double old fashioned glass.

Traditional Old Fashioned Recipe

  • 3 dashes of bitters
  • 1 tsp of water
  • 2 sugar cubes
  • 3 oz bourbon whiskey
  • 1 slice orange
  • 1 maraschino cherry


This drink is supposedly named for and invented by an anonymous American army captain who either drove or rode in a motorcycle with an attached sidecar. However, some say that it was named for the method of pouring leftover liquor into a shot glass, which is also called a sidecar. Either way, and whichever you want to believe, it’s a delightful drink and has been popular among the best bartenders since the 1920s. While there are variations, the simplest recipe for this one is a shaker with a far ice cubes, two parts brandy, one part triple sec, and one part lemon juice. Shake it and strain that baby into a frosted glass. Simple, and elegant.

Classic Sidecar Recipe

  • 1.5 oz Cognac
  • 1 oz Cointreau orange Liqueur
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • sugar (for frosting)

Whiskey Sour

«Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.» Mark Twain clearly chose his favorite liquor, and as one of the most popular choices for mixed «manly» drinks, the famous author made a favorable decision. This one is also a one-liquor kind of drink, and is made with about 1.5 ounces of bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Add it to a shaker with some ice and garnish with a cherry. If you’re feeling particularly manly, you can leave out the cherry and amp up the bourbon content. Serve it on the rocks and enjoy.

  • 2 oz blended whiskey
  • 1.5 lemons (juiced)
  • 1/2 sliced lemon
  • 1/2 tsp of powdered sugar
  • 1 cherry

Gin and Tonic

Believe it or not, the gin and tonic was developed for medicinal purposes. It was initially used by the British in the 19th century to fend off signs of malaria during their invasion of India; the ingredients in the drink were thought to be an effective cure for the disease. It has since been proven that the British are just professionals at inadvertently creating great drinks, but in time it became nothing short of a classic. A simple recipe – consisting of a great gin, some tonic, and lime – it’s an easy one to master. Simply add about two ounces of gin to a frozen glass, fill the glass with ice, squeeze in a lime wedge, and then add the tonic. Add in some more lime, stir, and enjoy.

Traditional Gin & Tonic Recipe

  • 2 oz gin
  • 5 oz tonic water
  • 1 lime wedge

Rusty Nail

Though a rusty nail could easily lead to needing a drink, this is an actual beverage, and a popular one at that. It’s literally half and half: half scotch, half Drambuie. We recommend starting with about 2 ounces of scotch and adding 1/2 ounce of the Drambuie and increasing to taste. The more Drambuie, the sweeter the drink becomes. Add some ice, stir, and voila!

Traditional Rusty Nail Recipe

  • 1.5 ounces Scotch whiskey
  • 1/2 oz Drambuie Scotch whiskey
  • 1 twist lemon peel


One of those «get the party started» combinations, a Boilermaker is the simplest of ideas: a shot of whiskey and a pint of beer.Many men will use the beer as a chaser, but others will maintain the Irish Car Bomb mentality of mixing the shot with the ale. Either way, it’s a high dosage of alcohol that generational hipsters are huge fans of – so much so that there are even bars dedicated to the art of the Boilermaker.

The Original Boilermaker Recipe

  • 2 oz whiskey
  • 10 oz beer

Rob Roy

We’re not talking about the operetta (or the later film with Liam Neeson), we’re talking about the drink famously created at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in the late 1890s which was, actually, named for the performance. Often seen in a martini glass, the ingredients are, again, like most of these drinks, simple: 5/6 oz Sweet Vermouth, 1 oz Scotch Whiskey, and a dash of Angostura Bitters. Served straight up or on the rocks, it’s usually stirred and then strained into a chilled glass.

Traditional Rob Roy Recipe

  • 1.5 oz Scotch whiskey
  • 3/4 oz sweet vermouth

Black & Tan

«My favorite black-and-tan is a «mother-in-law»: a mixture of stout and bitter.» The drink isn’t just a punchline, but an actual reference to a mixture of beer. Commonly know as a «half and half» in Ireland, the American version is referred to as a Black and Tan – which is a mixture of a pale beer and a dark beer. In Ireland, the name is actually seen as disrespectful due to the term «Black and Tan» being used to nickname the Royal Irish Constabulary Reserve Force, which was sent to invade Ireland in the 1920s. Mixologists often use a pale ale or lager for the lighter side, and a stout or porter for the dark.

The Only Black & Tan Recipe

  • Lager beer
  • Stout or Porter beer


While visions of the cityscape of New York City come to mind, it’s easy to forget that there’s a popular drink that goes by the same name. The origin does come from the Big Apple, placing it at the Manhattan Club in the late 1800s. There are various versions of its creation, all relating back to the city, but no one truly knows its real creator. This is the one drink on the menu that has multiple variations, but the manliest of them all is also the easiest to make. It’s a simple combination of two ounces rye whiskey (or Canadian, if you prefer), a dash of bitters, and 3/4 ounces of sweet, red vermouth. Stir it over ice and enjoy.

Traditional Manhattan Recipe

  • 1 oz Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch whiskey
  • 1/2 oz sweet vermouth

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