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May 18, 2015 |  1289 Views
Classic Cocktails Every Man Should Know
By Cocktail Culture Staff
Photo: Leonardo DiCaprio In the Great Gatsby


You don't need a recipe book to make  drinks that any bikini-clad lady will love.  Try a modern classic that James Bond made famous for the fellows, because what man does not want to be an international man of mystery?





A traditional martini, made with gin or vodka, vermouth, and olive or a lemon twist garnish, ties back to the late 1800’s. However, in 1953 the cocktail gained international popularity by secret agent James Bond in the novel Casino Royale when Bond requested a cocktail made with vodka, gin and Lillet. “I chose this modern classic that James Bond made famous for the fellows, because what man does not want to be an international man of mystery?” says Shem Blum, New York’s Reyka ambassador. “This spirit-on-spirit stunner is the perfect aperitif-style cocktail.  As Bond says ‘I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong and very cold, and very well-made.’”


Blum recommends Reyka vodka, hailing from Iceland, because of its preciously small batches of distinctive flavor thanks to a unique lava rock infiltration system, Icelandic glacial spring water, geo-thermal energy power supply and one-of-a-kind Carter-Head Still.









The El Vocho is a Mexican classic, named after the country’s green and white Volkswagen taxis, using tequila as its foundation, of course. Says tequila expert and Milagro Brand Ambassador JP De Loera, “The classiest way to drink your tequila is to sip how it was born; neat, with a Verdita as its chaser. Milagro Reposado, aged in ex-bourbon American oak, boasts agave-forward robust notes of toast, caramel, and vanilla. Sip. Enjoy. And ask for ‘uno mas!’”









First named in 1960 after pro golfer Arnold Palmer who enjoyed sipping on a blend of iced tea and lemonade, the refreshing beverage has since become popular among the masses, often with a dose of vodka. Sailor Jerry Brand Ambassador Paul Monahan describes why it is his personal drink of choice: “Summer drinking for me and by buddies is all about ease. While we love to throw back shots, the Backyard Tea couldn’t be easier and pairs well with backyard BBQ.”


Inspired by the American tattoo legend Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins, Sailor Jerry Rum, distilled in the Caribbean, is a “straight-up, old-school, 92-proof, smooth as hell spiced rum,” describes Monahan. 












“Irish Coffee warms the soul and the spirit,” says Tullamore D.E.W. Brand Ambassador Mossie Power. The spirited cup-of-joe dates back 100 years in Ireland; in 1952, San Francisco Chronicle Travel Writer Stanton Delaplane and restaurant consultant brought the recipe – with Tullamore D.E.W. as the main ingredient – to the Buena Vista Café in San Francisco and popularized it with his media coverage.


Tullamore D.E.W.’s history is worth mentioning. It started in the 1800’s by the ultimate self-made man, Daniel E. Williams, in Tullamore, Ireland. His earliest days in the distillery were spent shoveling malted barley; his nights spent sleeping in the hayloft. In 1887, he became General Manager and ultimately owner of the distillery. Single-handedly, he began to turn a good whiskey great using a unique triple-distilled, triple-blend process that is still used today.









Scotch has a long and rich history dating back as early as the 1400’s and deserves as much attention, education, and experimentation as wine. Every man should have a nice bottle of Scotch on-hand in the home for entertaining or savoring alone, and every nice Scotch deserves proper glassware. As Glenfiddich Ambassador and whisky expert David Allardice reminds us, “Glassware is important in enhancing your enjoyment of the whisky. It’s about the functionality and how it looks and feels. The glass creates your initial impression before the liquid even touched your lips.”


The temperature of the whisky affects flavor, so learn how you prefer it served: on the rocks (with ice), neat (room temperature), or with a drop or two of water to help “open up” the whisky, bringing out even more interesting flavors and aromas. Allardice recommends starting with your whisky neat, then adding a few drops of water. If you prefer, add ice to taste. “The most important thing is to enjoy your whisky and drink it how you like it,” he finishes.









The Gin and Tonic Cocktail was introduced in India in the early 19th century as a flavorful remedy to treat malaria. Originally garnished with citrus, more recent adaptations have led to a cucumber garnish, most popular with Hendrick’s Gin. “The distinct blend of eleven botanicals and signature infusions of cucumber and rose petals has transformed and enhanced the classic Gin and Tonic cocktail,” explains Kris Von Dopek, Hendrick’s Brand Ambassador.







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