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Jul 7, 2011 10:39 PM

Top 10 Manliest Cocktails

This topic came up in our home recently, and we noticed that the list varies in different parts of the country and within different age groups. So, for a male in his early 20's at a bar/club scene, what would be in your top 10 of manly mixed drinks?

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  1. Here are 5 of mine. For some reason, they're all whiskey. Sadly, not all bars will know what these are.

    Old Fashioned Old Fashioned (no muddled fruit, just spirit, sugar, water, bitters, ice and a twist)
    Manhattan (with plenty of vermouth and bitters)
    Rusty Nail
    Whiskey Smash

    If the bartender is untalented:

    Single malt Scotch
    Gin & Tonic

    True, only one of those is mixed, but there are times when you've got to punt...

    5 Replies
    1. re: yarm

      Fountain tonic will just about ruin a Gin & Tonic. I am surprised when a good bar will uses this. Well, actually surprised is right word. Puzzled, i guess, is more like it.

      My manliest (i don't much like that classification) is a Negroni. I say it is manly because the bitterness of the Campari is a turn off to most women i know that have tried it.
      But beware, when served up in a cocktail glass it looks like you're drinking a Cosmo or some other pinkish drink (which would rate low on the manly scale)

        1. re: yarm

          Wow, I must be a straight up dude. Besides the Smash, those are my favorite drinks.

          1. re: invinotheresverde

            My list is more indicative of an era, if a Kamikaze tells you anything but I'll bet that one is questionable.

        2. A properly made extra dry gin martini, strait up. None of that ice or "extra dirty" business.

          And if you are just talking machismo, drinking that Moutai all night is not for the faint of heart.

          1. The post is really just about finding out what drinks are popular among young men in a social scene these days; not necessarily the "manliest" on a scale of 1 to 10 but THE most popular drinks amongst younger men. I'd compiled a list that is most definitely too basic, but that reflects very popular choices a few decades ago. Some of the most basic drinks I'd listed were:

            Rusty Nail
            Seven and Seven
            Gin and Tonic
            Rum and Coke
            Vodka and Orange Juice

            I knew you hounds would come up with some good ones, but some of the stronger ones I think are questionable for drinkers in their early twenties. I'm probably one of the exceptions like Invino where the hard stuff never really bothered me. I love the additions of Negroni and Whiskey Smash. Please keep em coming!

            1. Maybe partial credit to how the drink is ordered? I shared this anecdote here years ago. A friend was bartending at the Concord Inn in Mass in the early 70's, and John Wayne was registered for the weekend, during leaf-peeping season. As my friend was setting up after lunch, before happy hour, the slow cadence of foot steps arriving from the wood-planked breezeway caught his attention. Next, he was face-to-face with The Duke, who asked:
              "How about carving me...a slice...of that.....Wild...Turkey...."

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              1. re: Veggo

                Hmmm, trying to visualize John Wayne ordering a Mojito ;)

                1. re: lilgi

                  Don't be ridiculous. The Duke drank lemon drop "martinis".



                1. re: zin1953

                  Well if this thread didn't have enough info for you, a google search will give you several lists and how they define manly. I didn't think it needed an explanation.

                  1. re: lilgi

                    It's a term without meaning . . . unless you're talking about a cocktail containing uniquely male sex hormones. Is a woman any less of a woman because she enjoys a single malt like Laphroaig neat or a pint of Guinness or a straight espresso? Is a man any less of a man because he enjoys a -- what, a Cosmopolitan? or a light beer? or a latte?

                    Sorry. It's nonsense. An individual enjoys what beverage he or she enjoys because of how it appeals to our sense of smell and taste, regardless of gender.

                    1. re: zin1953

                      Not sure why you're taking a lighthearted subject so personally. Good luck, you might have had a few too many tonight ;)

                      1. re: lilgi

                        After years of bartending and uncountable trends....the manliest drink I know of



                        dark rum, splash of soda and twist of lime

                        My Grandfather drank it, it was the first drink I ever made and to this day I love the smell of it.

                        Prop to GrampaDan

                        1. re: Luna2372

                          Ernest Hemingway would have approved. In defence of and to the credit of zin1953, he seriously knows his wine, and I enjoy reading him.

                          As to his query of what is a manly cocktail, it may be best described as unadorned by plastic swords of skewered fruit, umbrellas, or other frou-frou. Simple, neat. Olives are not a negative. He is on point that one can drink whatever one chooses, but some selections will indeed be noticed across the bar, and not necessarily by womanly women. FWIW.

                          1. re: Veggo

                            Funny you should say that...Veggo I just finished rereading Across the River and into the Trees, for the first time in 50 years, while at camp.. The Captain(ie Hemmingway), sure knocks back the Scotch."do you think we should have one more Montgomery", as the Bits aren't around, the Contessa asks.
                            Volipollicella wine and Roderer Brut '42. Manly enough for me.
                            What a difference rereading the book in my waning years. Send the portrait and the 2 shot guns back to Maine, if I should die.

                            Shots. Aquivit, iced Stoli, Tequilla; make that oyster shooters. Put hair on your chest.
                            Real tough guy, "Gimme a Boilermaker."
                            Ersatz tough guy, "Gimme a Slow Mexican Srew Against the Wall."
                            Clueless, "Gimme a Blow Job." (It exists.)

                            1. re: Passadumkeg

                              On occasion I pass through Ketchum, and I toast with heavy heart at Hemingway's grave, always with drink in hand. I especially toast to him at La Bodeguita del Medio in Havana where the mojito was conceived, and La Floridita where he invented the daiquiri, according to lore.

                              I may or may not have shared here that when I donated the ambulance to Playa del Carmen in the Yucatan, I called it the "Hemingway effect". I was turning 50, my hair was turning white, and I had a compelling urge to drive an ambulance through a spanish-speaking country. So I did it, all 3070 miles from Denver. And yes there were adventures along the way: sabotage, the dead woman, and 55 pounds of cocaine. All this and more in 11 days, and none of it part of the plan.

                              1. re: Veggo

                                Great I used to seek out the Hem bars in Europe. I just found a reference to Harry's Bar in Venice (been there) in Bourdain's Medium Raw, 15 minutes after I typed the response, last night.
                                "Another dry Martini. Secco, moltosecco e doppio.' THAT'S MANLY.
                                ps. The copy of Across the River... has been sitting on the bookshelf at camp for years. It is a first edition.

                                1. re: Veggo

                                  I have never heard the daiquiri attributed to 1930's books say it came out of the Spanish-American War and was refined thereafter. I knew a woman in New Orleans who made them every day from a recipe she got from Bacardi in Havana in 1940.

                                  1. re: Veggo

                                    What an adventure, Veggo! Please write about it for a widely read newspaper or magazine.

                                    1. re: EarlyBird

                                      Thanks for the thought. The national Mexican newspaper, Por Esto, did a "friendly" account of the event, without the sordid details. I write for a british business magazine and a stateside newspaper, but not about personal experiences.

                              2. re: Luna2372

                                Too funny. A classic.

                                It was my regular drink in my high school days, and I still drink it when I want something simple.

                                1. re: StriperGuy

                                  Think of me as the mom who carefully places a condom into her young son's palm and says "Be careful." When my collegebound son asked me about cosmos I whipped my head around like Linda Blair and gently said, "There are other drinks you might like better." There are plenty of lazy afternoons to be enjoyed with friends, or brunches, occasions where we all enjoy wine and champagne, and travel, where rules for umbrella drinks don't apply, but the context of the post is merely for the "club rat", and from what I vaguely remember, it was all about which girl a guy was taking home. Certain rules apply here but most of us (I hope) know that later on and in other situations the rules don't apply. If a cute gut standing next to me at a club ordered a cosmo I'd probably walk away. The laws of attraction start out by being shallow, it's the way we're built.

                                  1. re: lilgi

                                    Aaaaah I see said the blind man. You're the mom.

                                    Certainly folks now have a lot of options for the young whippersnapper.

                                    1. re: StriperGuy

                                      haha, I've preserved his innocence probably longer than most and he loathes beer. But he'll be going to the Bahamas in a month where the legal age is eighteen so I'm sure he'll be trying lots >.<

                                      1. re: lilgi

                                        When in the Islands there's only one option. Drink rum!

                                2. re: zin1953

                                  C'mon. We both know there are chick drinks (SotB, Sombrero, Midori Sour), ergo, I fully think there are masculine drinks. Or, drinks that are typically ordered by men. As noted above, I'm a girl who prefers drinks uncommon for my gender. I can say that with absolute certainty, having spent the better part of ten years behind various bars.