Old Fashioned - Old Fashioned by name, old fashioned by nature. That being said, it doesn't mean it isn't popular today. A subtle, yet potent, whiskey hitter with couple of dashes of your favourite bitters topped off with a twist of orange peel. The perfect classic drink for a night out with the boys.

A gentleman's cocktail, Cufflinks and Studs is a mellow, tangy, peachy concoction full of great flavor with a zing.

“The only thing worse than a weak gin and tonic, is one that’s too strong,” says Yagüe. “The perfect blend is 50ml of gin to 100ml of tonic.”  See above: Hendrick’s Gin: Distilled in Scotland, 
this is your default when preparing a G for your future Mrs Right. Or even your Mrs Right-Now. 
The botanicals include cucumber, which adds 
an aromatic twist to an otherwise very smooth drink. $68.99 (700ml).

“The only thing worse than a weak gin and tonic, is one that’s too strong,” says Yagüe. “The perfect blend is 50ml of gin to 100ml of tonic.” See above: Hendrick’s Gin: Distilled in Scotland, this is your default when preparing a G for your future Mrs Right. Or even your Mrs Right-Now. The botanicals include cucumber, which adds an aromatic twist to an otherwise very smooth drink. $68.99 (700ml).

Martini - Nothing beats the suave sophistication of an ice cold Martini. Combine the herby aroma of a top-shelf gin and a generous splash of the infrequently used vermouth, pop in an olive on a stick and voila! Crystal-clear drink, instant gentleman. Oh, and contrary to 007's preference, stirred not shaken - unless you're looking for ridicule.

Martini - Nothing beats the suave sophistication of an ice cold Martini. Combine the herby aroma of a top-shelf gin and a generous splash of the infrequently used vermouth, pop in an olive on a stick and voila! Crystal-clear drink, instant gentleman. Oh, and contrary to 007's preference, stirred not shaken - unless you're looking for ridicule.

How to Make a Gin and Tonic  Mix 50ml of Plymouth Gin with 100ml of Fever-Tree Indian Tonic over plenty of ice. Garnish with grapefruit zest, parsley, grated Tonka bean and a cinnamon stick, and serve

How to Make a Gin and Tonic Mix of Plymouth Gin with of Fever-Tree Indian Tonic over plenty of ice. Garnish with grapefruit zest, parsley, grated Tonka bean and a cinnamon stick, and serve

Manhattan - A dark and seductive delight, the Manhattan is perfect for a date night drink. Sip it slow and take in the flavours of a well-aged whiskey, sweet vermouth and hint of fruit from bitters, all with a cherry on top. A well-made Manhattan is the test of any skilled bartender.

cola Combine SKYY Infusions Cherry Vodka, Wild Turkey Bourbon and cola in a cocktail shaker with ice and stir. Pour into a double rocks glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Caipirinha - For those finalising plans for the World Cup celebration in Rio, it's important to also get familiar with the Brazilian cocktail of choice. Caipirinha is a mouthful to ask for (pronounced Kai-Pee-Reen-Ya) and is packed full of limes, syrup and a rocket fuel of a rum known as Cachaça. An addictive and killer-strong summer-time drink, so beware.

If cocktails are on the menu, here's five choices that don't trade in a man's masculinity.

Whiskey Sour - A perfect progression to the world of shaken drinks. The name says it all. Whiskey-based, with a good amount of sour lemon juice. It's balanced off with the sweetness of sugar syrup and, if you're on a bit of health kick, add some egg white to make it a meal.

Scottish Whiskey Sour-Best Spring Cocktails - Town & Country's Carefully Curated guide To The Most Innovative Spring Cocktails Across America - Town & Country Magazine

The Margarita  The margarita is a classic that any novice bartender should have in their repertoire. You'll have to make the additional purchase of some triple sec, but having this one ready to go is a must. Enjoy it on the rocks or neat, with or without a salted rim.  Ingredients:  2 oz tequila 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice 1 oz triple sec Directions:  1. Combine ingredients into mixing tin. Add ice and shake vigorously for eight seconds.  2. Strain into rocks glass with salted rim.

The Margarita The margarita is a classic that any novice bartender should have in their repertoire. You'll have to make the additional purchase of some triple sec, but having this one ready to go is a must. Enjoy it on the rocks or neat, with or without a salted rim. Ingredients: 2 oz tequila 1 oz freshly squeezed lime juice 1 oz triple sec Directions: 1. Combine ingredients into mixing tin. Add ice and shake vigorously for eight seconds. 2. Strain into rocks glass with salted rim.


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