Every man needs a go-to drink at a bar – something you can instantly rattle off that won’t make you come off as a pretentious ass or a virgin. Or both. I’m looking at you, guy who just ordered a Bahama Mama. A real man needs a real drink, and whiskey is the best way to put hair on your chest. Why whiskey mixed drinks? Because whiskey is old, it is varied, and it’s damn delicious. Here’s a list of five cocktails every bartender will know, and every man should drink.

7 and 7

Incredibly specific because it simply isn’t the same otherwise. Plus it just rolls off the tongue, making it extremely simply to order no matter how slurred your speech is. This is a delicious, simple, and inexpensive drink. Ingredients:whiskey mixed drinks

  • 2 oz Seagram’s 7 whiskey
  • 7-up
  • lemon wedge for garnish


  • Fill highball glass with ice
  • Pour the whiskey into the glass
  • Top with 7-up
  • Garnish with lemon

Whiskey Sour

Probably the most liked and most famous of the sour drinks, the whiskey sour is made different by using different whiskeys – you can create profoundly different tastes by experimenting with different brands. Try sweeter whiskeys like Maker’s Mark to really maximize your taste buds’ eternal affection. Make sure you use fresh lemon juice. Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz whiskey
  • 1 1/2 oz lemon juiceA Whiskey Sour
  • 3/4 oz sugar syrup
  • maraschino cherry


  • Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  • Shake well.
  • Strain into a chilled sour glass.
  • Garnish with cherry.

Rusty Nail (Shooter)

Combines a shot of whiskey with a ½ ounce of Drambuie. Drambuie, if you’ve never heard of it, is a delicious whiskey liqueur. Basically, it’s the creamy goodness of Bailey’s Irish Crème, but with twice the kick. A shooter worth its weight – and price. Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz ScotchA Rusty Nail Shooter
  • 3/4 oz Drambuie
  • Lemon twist


  • Pour the ingredients into an old-fashioned glass with ice cubes.
  • Stir well.
  • Garnish with lemon twist.


A highball is the simplest of whiskey mixed drinks, requiring little prep work. Canadian whiskey works best, but any will do. Ginger ale can also be substituted for soda water if you prefer. Just remember not to confuse this drink with “highballs,” the class of cocktail that the highball (drink) happens to fall in to. And don’t even begin to wonder why they decided to have a highball be a highball served in a highball glass… Unless you’re already three deep. Ingredients: A Highball Cocktail

  • 2 oz whiskey
  • Ginger ale


  • Fill a highball glass with ice.
  • Pour the whiskey into the glass.
  • Top with ginger ale.


Traditionalists will insist that true Manhattans are made with rye whiskey, and I agree; but you can get away with using Canadian whiskey for an almost-perfect cocktail. If you’re ordering in a bar, make sure you and the bartender are on the same page as to which Manhattan they are making – there are many different kinds and each bar serves them differently. Try different recipes and see which one fits you best. Ingredients:

  • 2 oz rye whiskey
  • 1/2 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bittersA Manhattan
  • maraschino cherry for garnish


  • Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes.
  • Stir well.
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • Garnish with the cherry.

Variations on the Manhattan: Dry Manhattan- Use a dash of dry vermouth. Perfect Manhattan- Equal parts of sweet and dry vermouth.

Now you’ve got five whiskey mixed drinks to add to your cocktail resume. They are simple and delicious, and none of them are served with an umbrella. So throw back some whiskey, and make all men proud.

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