Bond or Bogart, film or reality, a man's penchant for his poison has always served as an extension of himself.


The relationship between a man and his cocktail harks back to the early 1800s when the art of bartending first officially began to sprout its roots. This was a period of hyper-masculinity, where knowing what you wanted and how you wanted it was more a statement of confidence than it was a preference of drink. While the stigma still remains, bartending has evolved in such a way that men have many more options outside Bourbon and beer to establish an air of authority and confidence.


As an ode to this ancient art, we’ve created a list of our top four cocktails that we believe should be in every man's repertoire. Additional to this are some helpful hints on how to pull these classics into the modern age.






A refined drink for the well-established man, the Manhattan was the first cocktails to ever (allegedly) throw vermouth into the mix. A seemingly superfluous additive, the vermouth opens up the rye, creating a more balanced and palatable drink.




90 ml Rye Whiskey

10 ml Sweet Vermouth (Rosso)

2 Dash Angostura bitters


• Stir over ice and strain into a chilled Manhattan or Low Ball Glass.

Garnish with a Maraschino Cherry.


Build upon the basic formula by switching out the standard bitters with either an orange or chilli-bacon variant for that extra bit of pep.





Old fashioned


Harking back to the days of frontier justice, bounty hunters and the Wild West, the Old Fashioned was a contrastingly collected and refined drink. The minimalist mix of ingredients was a reaction to the fanciful and frilly cocktails that were starting to emerge in this era.




1 Sugar cube

3 Dash Angostura bitters

1 Splash Soda Water

Fill Bourbon


• Add a sugar cube, bitters, and soda water into a chilled Old Fashioned glass and muddle well. Add ice and pour bourbon to fill.

• Garnish with a slice of orange and maraschino cherry.


For those that prefer the sweet side of things, swap out the Bourbon with a Canadian Whiskey, for a mellow honeyed finish.





The Martini

Known as Bond’s weapon of choice, the Vodka Martini really came into vogue after it was the first mention on the silver screen in Goldfinger. The original, as purist will often tell you, calls for stirred over shaken and Gin over Vodka. The argument is that by shaking the gin the liquor becomes bruised, altering its original flavour.




120 ml Vodka

15 ml Dry Vermouth


• Pour ingredients into a shaker with ice; shake well and strain into a chilled Martini glass.

• Garnish with a slither of lemon.

While many iterations has come and gone (notable mention goes to the Vespa), the Hendricks Martini is the perfect alternative for those that like their drinks wet. Subtly infused with cucumber, the herbaceous notes create a refreshing drink that’s dangerously easy to drink.





Tom Collins


First appearing in Jerry Thomas’ 1876 edition of the Bar-Tenders Guide (a book that every man should own), the Tom Collins has long been used to cool down the masses on a hot summers day. Legend to be named after the Irish political activist, the Tom Collins is a testament to the simple pleasure of picking the perfect mix of ingredients.




45 ml Gin

15 ml Sugar Syrup

Juice Half a Lemon

Fill Soda


• Shake gin, sugar syrup and lemon juice over ice. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice and fill with soda.

• Garnish with a slice of orange and maraschino cherry.


Add a generous dollop of elderflower syrup (or liqueur for extra punch) and splash of lime to bring a rich botanical character to the forefront of the palate. This will add a third dimension without detracting from the original flavour.


Stay tuned for our follow up post where we’ll explore some of the best locales to experience both the old and new age approach to slinging these classic cocktails.



Illustration credit: Cheryl Oz, see her illustrations here




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