4 classic cocktails every man should know

BBryan August 30, 2023 10:46 PM

We've all had that moment. You're at a social gathering, and it's your turn to concoct some cocktails. The pressure is on, and you're racking your brain for what to mix. Well, that's where this guide comes in. Here are four classic cocktails every man should know how to make, guaranteed to impress at any event.

Old Fashioned

Let's start with the Old Fashioned. This classic cocktail is a staple in the world of mixology. It's simple, yet sophisticated, and is a great way to showcase a good whisky.

Here's a rundown of what you'll need:

  • 2 oz of Bourbon or Rye Whisky
  • 1 Sugar Cube
  • 2-3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 1 Orange Twist for garnish

First, muddle the sugar cube and Angostura bitters together. Then, add the whisky. Finally, garnish with the orange twist. Voila, you have yourself an Old Fashioned.


Next up is the Martini. A symbol of elegance, the Martini has graced the hands of many iconic figures, from James Bond to the Great Gatsby.

Here's how to make it:

  • 2 oz of Gin or Vodka
  • 1/2 oz of Dry Vermouth
  • Lemon twist or Olive for garnish

Stir the gin (or vodka) and vermouth together with ice, then strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist or an olive.


The Manhattan is another classic, known for its deep, rich flavors. It's a cocktail that packs a punch, ideal for those who enjoy a stronger drink.

Here's the recipe:

  • 2 oz of Rye Whisky or Bourbon
  • 1 oz of Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 1 Cherry for garnish

Shake the whisky, vermouth, and bitters with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with a cherry.


Last but not least, the Negroni. This cocktail is a bit bitter, but incredibly balanced. It's perfect for those who want something different.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 oz of Gin
  • 1 oz of Campari
  • 1 oz of Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 Orange Peel for garnish

Mix the gin, Campari, and vermouth together. Pour over ice, and garnish with an orange peel.

And there you have it, four classic cocktails every man should know. Each of these cocktails is unique in its flavors and presentation, but they are all relatively easy to make. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned mixologist, these cocktails are a surefire way to impress at any social event. Cheers!

Cocktail Main Spirit Sweetener Bitter Garnish
Old Fashioned Bourbon or Rye Whisky Sugar Cube Angostura Bitters Orange Twist
Martini Gin or Vodka Dry Vermouth - Lemon Twist or Olive
Manhattan Rye Whisky or Bourbon Sweet Vermouth Angostura Bitters Cherry
Negroni Gin Campari and Sweet Vermouth - Orange Peel

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