Whether ‘Shaken or Stirred,’ There’s a Gentlemen’s Drink for You

For the discerning gentleman who’s looking to hold a serious drink, the following are the perfect options. Whether you’re craving a Bond martini, something refreshingly herbaceous or classic, there’s a cocktail fit for you.


Made up of just two key ingredients: Canadian Whiskey and a dash of lime juice. Throw these in a shot glass and drink it straight up. Order a Snakebite and you’ll get nods of approval from the regulars for that eye-watering bitter taste.

Bloody Maria

Take your Bloody Mary to new heights by subbing Tequila for the Vodka. And don’t forget to spice it up and add a bit of garnish like pickled green beans and/or bacon, but don’t go overboard. This is about the drink, not all that fancy decoration.

Old Fashioned

This comeback cocktail has been around since the 1800s and still remains sexy. A simple mix of bourbon, bitters and simple syrup over ice. Garnish with an orange slice and cherry, and don’t forget to use a large ice cube for added class and taste.

Tom Collins

This is a perfect example of what a guy’s cocktail should taste like — gin, lemon juice, club soda and a hint of sugar on the rocks. You can’t go wrong with a drink that has the ability to be smooth and tough at the same time.

Rusty Nail

In an old-fashioned glass with ice, add 2 oz. of Scotch, ¾ to 1 oz. of Drambuie and an orange peel. One of the best cocktails for men, drinking a Rusty Nail calls for respect simply because too many of these and you’ll feel like a rusty nail in the morning. Go easy.


American-born writer Erskine Gwynne is credited with creating this cocktail in the 1930s in Paris and naming it after the title of his magazine. Add 1 part Campari, 1 part Sweet red vermouth, 1 to 1 1/2 parts rye whisky or bourbon. Stir and pour over ice or straight up and garnish with orange peel.


Whether you like it dirty or not, a martini turns you into a charming guy with a touch of class at the bar, like James Bond.

A classic martini combines gin and vermouth although some prefer vodka and vermouth. But either way, make it dirty with a touch of olive juice and a couple of olives. Be careful, these sneak up on you before you know it.

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