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Five Alcoholic Drinks That Every Real Man Must Know and How to Have Them

There are many things to learn in life – from classic literature to complex formulas, but the one thing we like to learn about the most is the drinks we consume. In today's article, we have listed five alcoholic beverages that every man should be aware of.

This is the second part of the series on the basic drinks that every man should know – make sure to read the first one too. Many of you have missed the directions and ingredients from the last post, so today, we’re not just describing the drinks – we’re showing you how to make them. Now, sit back and enjoy, so the next time you invite your friends over, you will know how to impress them.

Gin & Tonic

The Gin and Tonic – less frequently, gin tonic is a highball cocktail made with gin and tonic water poured over a large amount of ice. The ratio of the cocktail varies according to taste, the strength of the gin, and your own preferences. Most recipes call for a ratio between 1:2 and 1:3. It is usually garnished with either a lime or lemon wheel to make the perfect Gin & Tonic. The Gin & Tonis is one of the most popular gin cocktails.

Gin and Tonic with Ice and Lemon Wheel Garnish

Ingredients:

  • 4 cl gin
  • 2 cl lime juice
  • Tonic water, to top
  • Lime or Lemon wheel, for garnish
  • A handful of ice

Directions:

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice, then add the gin and lime juice.
  2. Top with the tonic water and gently stir.
  3. Garnish with lime or lemon wheels.

Wine

If you’ve read the previous article about the five basic cocktails that every gentleman should know, you might think that wine doesn’t make on the list because I mentioned it and beer as a negative example. Do not get me wrong, both beer and wine are excellent choices, but every drink has its time and purpose. While beer is perfect for a sports event with your mates, it may not be an ideal choice on the first date at an elegant bar.

People are Toasting with Red Wines
Photo by Kelsey Knight

Now that we have clarified that, let’s get back to the topic. Unlike beer, wine is a great option to order at the bar, to stay with the example – even on your first date. There are a dozen types of wines, from different grapes, made with various methods, offered by many brands and countries.

The Basics of Wines

Learn the basics, like holding a glass of wine or the primary types of wines, such as Red Wines, Rosé Wines, Dessert Wines, or White Wines – just to name a few. If you master the basics, you will be good to go. I suggest you choose a couple of your favorite varieties that you can order at any time. Sometimes when you receive the Wine List at an elegant restaurant, it can be tough to choose the right one. If you know the basics about wines, you can ask the waiter or waitress for a suggestion.

Another benefit of learning about wines, you will have a story about the wine you pick. Women love it if you can say some words or an engaging story about the drink you order. If it is a bit confusing, check out the image below containing all the types of wines made by Sugar and Charm:

TYPES OF WINE CHART: RED WINE, WHITE WINE, SPARKLING WINE
Wine Chart by: Sugar and Charm

Bourbon

Now to the more robust drinks. While whiskey can be part of great cocktails, most people prefer it neat. One of my favorite types of whiskey is bourbon. When I started experimenting with different flavors, I didn’t like whiskey at all. Until I found bourbon – once I tasted my first bourbon, I was in love with whiskey.

Glass of Bourbon Next to a Bourbon
Photo by Michelle Williams

Bourbon is an American-type, barrel-aged distilled liquor made primarily from corn. The name ultimately derives from the French Bourbon dynasty. Although the exact origin of the name is uncertain – contenders include Bourbon County in Kentucky and Bourbon Street in New Orleans, both of which are named after the dynasty.

Bourbon has been distilled since the 18th century. Although bourbon may be made anywhere in the United States, it is strongly associated with the American South and with Kentucky in particular. It is traditionally served with ice – on rocks or by itself. Usually, it is poured in a Glencairn glass or rocks glass.

Cuba Libre

The next one on the list is as tasty as simple as it is to make. Cuba Libre is a highball cocktail made from cola, rum, and, according to some recipes, lime juice with lots of ice. Traditionally, the cola ingredient is Coca-Cola (“Coke” – hence the Rum & Coke name). The alcohol is a light rum, such as Bacardi. However, the drink can also be made with different types of rums and cola brands. It is one of the easiest cocktails you can make with rum.

Rum and Coke Cuba Libre with Lemon Garnish

Ingredients:

  • 4 cl white rum
  • Coca-Cola, to top
  • Handful of ice
  • A half lime

Directions: 

  1. Put the ice cubes in the glass. 
  2. Pour over the rum and cola. 
  3. Cut the lime into two wedges. Squeeze the juice into the glass – then drop the wedges in the drink. 
  4. It is that simple. Enjoy your drink.

Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary is a well-known cocktail, yet it does not appeal to everybody. The cocktail itself is a mixture of tomato juice, vodka, and spices served in a highball glass. It is basically the tomato soup of drinkers.

Bloody Mary in a Bar with Extra Tomato Garnish
Photo by: Johann Trasch

Seasonings and garnishes such as salt, pepper, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper, and lemon juice are often added to the cocktail. It makes the cocktail a particularly complex recipe and will vary considerably depending on who makes it. Many bartenders recommend this cocktail for an awful hangover.

Ingredients:

  • 5 cl vodka
  • 250 ml tomato juice
  • 6 cl lemon juice
  • Few shakes of Worcestershire sauce
  • Few shakes of Tabasco sauce
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Pinch of Pepper
  • A celery stick, for garnish

Directions

  1. Place the ice in a large jug. 
  2. Measure the vodka, tomato juice, and lemon juice and pour them straight onto the ice.
  3. Add three shakes of Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco (or more if you like it very spicy) and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir until the outside of the jug feels cold, then strain the cocktail into a tall glass.
  4. Top up with fresh ice, add a celery stick and enjoy.

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