We have been giving you entertaining tips all month long, there’s one expert we haven’t asked and a few recipes we haven’t tried; this one is for the guys! We once again called in Will Wilson from Major Onions for his best tips and tricks for making a cocktail that any guy would love. So pop the bubbly for your girls, but cozy up with these recipes to make sure the men at your events are taken care of as well. Take it away Will…
Although the frigid winter weather means a lot less patio time, it does leave plenty of opportunities for entertaining guests indoors. And while we guys are generally fine with some domestic longnecks, there’s a couple of basic cocktails every great hostess should be able to procure to take things to the next level with the guys.
You don’t have to be a professional mixologist or learn any fancy bar tricks for these; just keep your bar stocked with the basics like a shaker, a strainer and a jigger (fancy shot measuring cup) and you should be set overall.
Nothing warms you up quite like the familiar burn of bourbon. And while it might not be everyone’s cup of Tennessee tea, it does do a great job of getting the chill out of your bones when the temperature drops.
Classic. Simple. Delicious. And not even picky on which kind of whiskey you use. Take two parts any Tennessee, Kentucky, Canadian, or Irish whiskey and pour it over ice, filling the rest of the glass with your favorite ginger ale for a simple sipping classic. Toss a lime wedge on the rim for an extra little something.
The Don Draper of drinks, and my personal favorite. It’s not so much old-fashioned as it is classic, one of the simplest cocktails you can make while still making the most impressive statement.
In a tumbler (short round glass) muddle up a maraschino cherry and an orange slice at the bottom of the glass and fill with ice.
Take two parts whiskey and one part simple syrup then toss it into a shaker with a few dashes of Angostura bitters. (For those who don’t know, simple syrup is essentially just sugar dissolved in water, and can be made in a number of ways. The bitters can be bought at literally any liquor store)
Shake up the contents of your shaker and pour over the ice, then stir the contents gently with a spoon. This will help melt a little of the ice and mellow out the drink.
Some like to top off the drink with a spritz of club soda, but those people are wrong.
Serve over ice. Or with water. Or with nothing. Only acceptable ways to serve Scotch.
THE LIGHTER SIDE OF THINGS
Not every man is a whiskey drinker, although in this writer’s opinion they should be, because whiskey is the perfect liquor. However, here are a few light alcohol-based drink recipes that are acceptable as well as delicious. Although to quote the immortal Ron Swanson, “Clear liquor is for rich women on diets.” Wise words.
Dirty Vodka Martini
Before you get all “That’s James Bond’s drink!” on me, James’ drink was a Vesper Martini, which is a whole different story.
The Dirty Martini is an olive-lover’s dream and official drink of Dads who wear ties to work. Simply take three parts vodka, one part dry (not sweet) vermouth, and one part olive juice (from the jar). Then throw them into a shaker with ice and shake (or stir).
Unlike other martinis, the Dirty can be poured into a tumbler as WELL as a martini glass, in case you’re short on glassware. The only unbreakable rule about martinis is they are never to be served over ice—so strain the ice out of your shaker mixture when you pour it.
Garnish with Bleu cheese or Jalapeno olive to receive boss status.
J. Crew Cocktail
Outside of the timeless perfection that is Snoop Dogg’s “Gin and Juice,” I feel that gin is underrepresented in the cocktail world. But here’s a cocktail that not only uses gin in an original way but will also put everybody in the holiday mood. And it sounds super preppy, which your mother will love.
Start by smashing cranberries (preferably fresh) at the bottom of a tumbler or highball glass with a spoon. Fill the glass with ice and pour 1-2 parts gin over the top of the ice, and finish off the glass with ginger beer. Cranberries, ginger, and alcohol… the taste of the holidays in a glass.