Must-Read: Cocktail Recipes
There’s a reason girls are attracted to bartenders. First, they are the gatekeepers between them and booze, which is certainly a valuable position. But second is because they are able to show off a certain expertise with mixing the various alcohols and bitters and liquids to create a tasty cocktail. It’s the same reason why women are attracted to cooks. They are giving women not only a sense of artistry, but also something they can actually be pleased with. So it’s important, then, for the average man to know how to mix some well-above-average cocktails.
Which is why today we’re heading to Men’s Fitness where they have a list of 20 different cocktail recipes for your dating ways. While we’re certainly not going to steal their thunder by listing all of them here, what we will do is give you a taste by their recipe of the historic Manhatten:
1. The Historic Manhattan
This one is taken from Harry Johnson’s New & Improved Bartender’s Manual, 1882. Harry even advises on the addition of absinthe: “It is for the customer to decide, whether to use absinthe or not. This is a very popular drink at the present day. It is the bartender’s duty to ask the customer whether he desires his drink dry or sweet.”
The Glass: Martini or Coupe
1½ fl oz whiskey
1½ fl oz vermouth
1–2 dashes sugar syrup*
1–2 dashes orange bitters
squeeze of lemon peel
The Instructions: “Stir up well; strain into a fancy cocktail glass; squeeze a piece of lemon peel on top, and serve.”
*To make sugar syrup, bring 1 cup sugar and 17 fl oz water to a boil in a pan, stirring constantly, then simmer for around 5 minutes until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool completely, then store for up to a month in the refrigerator in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.
Head on over to check out the other 19 varieties of cocktails they recommend at the above link. And then get to mixing, gents!
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About Rick Mosely Rick is the editor for TSB magazine.