20 Cocktail Recipes Every Man Should Know How to Make

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20 Cocktail Recipes Every Man Should Know How to Make

From a classic martini to the perfect Manhattan, there are a few key drinks you need in your entertaining arsenal. And these recipes, from the book World’s Best Cocktails, are guaranteed to turn you into an amateur mixologist.

This one is taken from Harry Johnson’s New & Improved Bartender’s Manual, 1882. Harry even advises on the addition of absinthe: “It is for the customer to decide, whether to use absinthe or not. This is a very popular drink at the present day. It is the bartender’s duty to ask the customer whether he desires his drink dry or sweet.”

The Glass: Martini or Coupe

The Ingredients:

  • 1½ fl oz whiskey
  • 1½ fl oz vermouth
  • 1–2 dashes sugar syrup*
  • 1–2 dashes orange bitters
  • squeeze of lemon peel


The Instructions: “Stir up well; strain into a fancy cocktail glass; squeeze a piece of lemon peel on top, and serve.”

*To make sugar syrup, bring 1 cup sugar and 17 fl oz water to a boil in a pan, stirring constantly, then simmer for around 5 minutes until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool completely, then store for up to a month in the refrigerator in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.

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