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Top Manliest Cocktails

Who said that cocktails are only for women? There are plenty out there for men, but unfortunately we do live in a world where you are judged by what you drink. Some may even be cock blockers so it’s time to pay attention to what you’re sipping if it ain’t beer! The following cocktails are some of the manliest, in no particular order.

1) Manhattan

What to mix:

  1. 2 oz of Rye Whiskey
  2. 1/2 oz of Sweet Vermouth
  3. 2-3 dashes of Angostura Bitters


Best Served: Straight up
Best Served In: Martini Glass
Best Garnish: One cherry

Men holding martini glasses never look manly especially when there is a cherry involved, but there are exceptions. Named after the city that doesn’t sleep, Manhattans are known to be the drink of choice for Mafiosos. Ironic that they prefer a drink that’s the color of blood. It’s one of the very few sweet drinks that you’ll be in the clear with!

2) Old Fashioned

What to Mix:

  1. 1 tablespoon of sugar
  2. 3 dashes of Angostura bitters
  3. 1 tablespoon of club soda
  4. 2 oz of Bourbon Whiskey


Best Served: On the rocks
Best Served In: Old fashioned glass
Best Garnish: Orange wedge or Lemon peel

With its whiskified flavor, old-fashioneds will grow some hair on your chest. This drink has been labeled as old-fashioned for a reason, but thanks to Mad Men, it made a comeback. Anything this strong could never be unmanly!

3) Sidecar

What to Mix:

  1. 1 1/2 oz of Cognac (or Bourbon)
  2. 1 oz of Triple Sec
  3. 1/2 oz of Lemon Juice


Best Served: Shaken
Best Served In: Cocktail glass
Best Garnish: Sugared rim

Born during the World War II days, this cocktail reaps of style. The Ritz Hotel in Paris claims to be the creator. Can you get any more chic?

4) Rusty Nail

What to Mix:

  1. 1 1/2 oz of Scotch
  2. 1/2 oz of Drambuie


Best Served: On the rocks
Best Served In: Old fashioned glass or a stemmed-martini style glass
Best Garnish: Lemon Twist

This simple dirty-named drink is perfect for any day, but most particularly on those cold winter nights. With the hotness of Scotch and the sweetness of Drambuie, a herbal honey-flavored liquor, your body will stay cozy ‘n toasty!

5) Tom Collins

What to Mix:

  1. 1 1/2 oz Gin
  2. 1 oz lemon juice
  3. 1/2 oz sugar syrup


Best Served: On the rocks
Best Served In: Collins glass
Best Garnish: Lemon slice or a cherry

After mentioning a winter cocktail, it would be rude not to mention one for the summertime. With gin, lemon juice and sugar, this drink is zesty, refreshing and will keep you cool. Its history dates back to the late 1800s. By the way, have you seen Tom Collins?

6) Bloody Mary

What to Mix:

  1. 1 1/2 oz lemon juice
  2. 3 oz tomato juice
  3. 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  4. 3 drops Tabasco sauce
  5. 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  6. 1/2 tablespoon prepared horseradish


Best Served: On the Rocks
Best Served In: Highball glass
Best Garnish: Celery stalk

By the ingredients, it’s obvious that the notorious Bloody Mary isn’t a simple creation. But this tangy, spicy and tomato-ey cocktail is one of the very few that you might look strange drinking during the evening. This drink is one of the most common brunch drinks to accompany your eggs and toast. Oh and it’s supposed to help hangovers!

7) Dry Martini

What to Mix:

  1. 2 1/2 oz gin
  2. 1/2 oz dry vermouth


Best Served: Straight up
Best Served In: Cocktail/Martini glass
Best Garnish: One to three olives

How can this list end without the most classic cocktail? The original dry martini is powerful especially since James Bond drinks it. It’s best drunk in a swanky environment and may even enhance your look.


  1. December 3, 2012

    Those are manly drinks indeed. The Old-fashioned is my favorite. You need to be careful with those, they taste so good and go down so easily that it is easy to overdo the consumption.

  2. Allyse Desormeau
    December 26, 2012

    mad that my new fav drink is one of the top manliest drinks hahaha.

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28 Sep 2012 | Categories: Food & Nightlife