Have a drink on me; 5 manly cocktails you should be drinking (responsibly of course).

When in Doubt Drink Like Bond

It’s 5pm somewhere, right?  I encourage you all, no matter where you are, or what you are doing to have a drink on me.  Whatever you do please don’t go get drunk on sour mash and cheap wine.  Instead dial up one of these manly drinks and set yourself up for success!

For your viewing (but mostly consumption) pleasure I present the Five Manly Drinks you should not only know to order when the occasion calls for it but should be able to make yourself when needed.  I have included the recipes for these drinks with a brief description of the drink itself.  As Andy said in Shawshank Redemption, “Get busy drinking or get busy dying.” Hmmm…that doesn’t sound exactly right…who cares!

Rusty Nail
Can a drink sound more manly?  Rest assured you will feel like a tough SOB when you amble up to to the rail and order a Rusty Nail.  It not only sounds bad ass but the drink tastes great too, so fear not young man! 


  • 3/4 oz. Scotch
  • 1/4 oz. Drambuie

How to make it: Pour Scotch over ice cubes in an old fashion class. Float Drambuie on top.

Rusty Nail

This is my father’s “go to” drink and is as old school as old school gets. That is NOT a bad thing, I promise.  Personally, I prefer this with Southern Comfort but any quality Whisky will do.  You should feel like the most interesting man in the world anytime you have your hand wrapped around one of these beauts.  The old fashioned is often considered the King of Cocktails.


  • 2 oz. Blended Whisky
  • 2 dashes Bitters
  • 1 tsp. Sugar
  • Splash of Soda
  • 1 strip Orange Peel
  • 1 strip Lemon Peel

How to make it: Muddle the sugar and bitters together in an old-fashioned cocktail glass. Add some ice, soda, and whisky. Stir and garnish with the orange and lemon peels.

Old Fashioned

Whiskey Sour
Some would argue that a Manhattan (Dry) should be on this list but I refuse to include more than one drink traditionally served in a Martini glass.  If you are going to include a Martini based drink you can’t leave James Bond’s “go-to” beverage off the list (see below.) A Whiskey Sour is a great drink for those warm summer days and temperate summer nights.  This is also great with Amaretto (which I often prefer at times.)


  • .75 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • .75 oz Simple syrup (one part water, one part sugar)
  • 1.5 oz Bourbon
  • Cherry and/or lemon wedge (optional)

How to make it: Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a cherry and/or lemon wedge if desired.

Whiskey Sour

Another classic.  This was a popular drink back in the speakeasy days and has made a strong comeback over the last few years.  Don’t drink this because it’s trendy, this isn’t a champagne brunch with women for crying out loud!  Drink it because it is cool as hell.  Nothing says “I know EXACTLY what the hell I am doing” like ordering this from your local watering hole.


  • Juice of ¼ Lemon
  • 1 oz. Triple Sec
  • 1 oz. Brandy or Cognac

How to make it: Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Side Car

Nothing screams classic manliness more than the Martini. (tweet this!)  I don’t drink these often but when I do I usually prefer it served in a lowball and not a Martini glass.  Yet if it is good enough for Bond, James Bond, it should be good enough for you.  You can get this drink made in many varieties but please don’t include non-manly versions that involve fruit flavored liqueurs or lychees, unless you want to be made fun of all night.  The words “Apple-tini” shouldn’t ever escape your lips unless you are busting your buddies balls.


  • 1 2/3 oz. Gin
  • 1/3 oz. Dry Vermouth (remember, I like it dry, thus the 5-1 ratio here)

How to make it: Stir vermouth and gin over ice cubes in a mixing glass. Strain into a cocktail glass. Serve with a twist of lemon peel or an olive, if you like that kind of thing.


So there you have it, five manly cocktails that will never steer you wrong.  Just watch out for those dirty martini’s as they have a tendency to sneak up and knock you on your ass if you aren’t looking.

Hope you enjoyed now get out there and get yourself a drink!  Until tomorrow, make it a better day!


This post first appeared on Be a Better Man.


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