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The Scenario:

I don’t know about you but it really pisses me off when I see women drinking cocktails in bars. Most cocktails seem to be concocted of brightly coloured drinks, and while the colours alone are enough to draw me in I also find myself imagining how delicious that drink must taste.

Now I could just order one of these drinks and find out if they’re as good as they look, if it wasn’t for one small problem: brightly coloured drinks are not for men. I don’t know why and I don’t know who’s to blame, but you never see a real man holding a glass filled with all the colours of summer – you see them with a glass of something manly, like whiskey, beer… or petrol.

Now I have no problem with whiskey or beer as they’re my go-to drinks of choice, but every now and then I like a change. So I’ve gathered some of the best cocktail recipes around when it comes to drinking like a boss. Any half decent bar should be able to knock these up without a problem, but you could also impress your mates by whipping them up next time they’re round instead of handing them a beer.

So, without any more of my rambling, here are 5 tasty cocktails that you can drink all night without the inferior feelings associated with brightly coloured beverages:

Jameson Whiskey Sour:

One of my favourites, this is a great beginners drink as it’s really easy to make (and hard to get wrong). This drink is best served in a short, wide glass like a whiskey tumbler.


2 oz of Jameson Irish Whiskey

4 dashes freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 bar spoon of granulated sugar

1 splash sparkling water


Dissolve the sugar with lemon juice and sparking water in a mixing glass, add the whiskey and fill the glass with ice, give it a good stir before straining into a glass and garnishing with a cherry.

Tom Collins:

This is a great drink for summer; it’s sweet, light and bubbly. You can replace the gin with vodka, tequila or rum to suit your tastes. This drink is best served in a tall, slender glass like a Collins glass.


1 1/2 oz gin

1/2 oz syrup

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Soda water

Traditional Absinthe:

Nothing says manly like a shot of alcohol that’s known for having a high ABV percentage (up to 89.9%), since it’s original ban was lifted in 2007, this drink has been making a quick comeback.


2 oz of Absinthe

6 oz of cold water

1-2 sugar cubes

1 slotted spoon


Pour your Absinthe in a glass. Place your slotted spoon across the glass with the sugar cube(s) above the slots. Pour your water over the spoon and sugar, and watch in amazement as it creates a clouded reaction known as the ‘louche’. Best served in any small glass.


This is a popular French cocktail that was created during WW1, perfect for classier events where you might have to get suited up. This drink is best served in a short stem martini glass.


1 1/2 oz of Cognac (or Bourbon)

1 oz of Triple Sec

1/2 oz of Lemon Juice


Throw all the ingredients in to a shaker and give it a good shake. You can add a little ice or water to take away the tartness of the lemon, and if you really want to push the boat out you can sprinkle some sugar around the rim.


Well I had to put one drink up for the hipsters, and this is it. Invented by Count Negroni of Florence, Italy in 1919, this drink has a simple make-up allowing it to be easy made at home. Best served in a short rocks glass.


1½ oz. London dry gin

3/4 oz. Campari

3/4 oz. Italian vermouth

Cocktail glass


Once again, shake up all ingredients in a shaker, strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a twist of orange peel.

So there it is. 5 Manly Cocktails that you can happily drink at a bar or home without questioning how much of a man you really are. These are all excellent choices for most occasions, so try them out and let us know what you think.

Aaron B is a quintessential Englishman. Having spent two years travelling through Australia, South-East Asia and Africa, he has tried a variety of cuisines and developed a passion for cooking hearty but healthy meals. As a writer and graphic designer he likes to take his imagination to the kitchen and get creative. Aaron enjoys running, eating at new places, and Jameson Irish Whiskey. It is said that his great-grandfather invented the sausage roll in Newcastle Upon-Tyne, England over a century ago.

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