If your drinking spot of choice has a floor covered in peanuts and games on the TV, then feel free to swig 2-for-1 Natty Light from a can -- but if you've just waited to get past the velvet rope and rub elbows with a classier crowd, you need a drink to match.
Unfortunately the world of cocktails is a dangerous one, filled with less-than-masculine mixtures that won't win you any style points. So put down that fruit garnish, take the umbrella out of your straw, and sip in style with these drinks that guys shouldn't be afraid to order.
This is a simple, yet classic and still popular, cocktail, typically made with two ounces Scotch and one ounce of the honey-sweet scotch whiskey Drambuie. Usually this one is served on the rocks, and has a slightly warm, biting taste that can be made sweeter or less so by changing the amount of Drambuie added. It's easy, classy, and great in the wintertime -- and you don't even have to get it with the traditional twist of lemon on the glass if you prefer not to.Black & Tan
Here's the beverage for the beer drinker that wants more variety than a typical American brew. The black & tan has been around as long as beer itself, and exists in countless variations and names. For the traditional recipe, you can't go wrong with a pint consisting of half Bass ale and half Guinness Stout layered on top. Its delicious, its not overly fancy, and it'll satisfy the guy who's not in the mood for liquor.
When in doubt, you can't go wrong with this old standby that will simply never go out of style. It was a favorite of Frank Sinatra's, and if that's not good enough for you, then maybe you should just stick to apple juice. There are more variations than you can count and the debate still rages about whether rye or Canadian whiskey is the best, but as long as there's whiskey, everybody wins. For the sake of simplicity, stick to the recipe found in the classic drinking tome "The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks:" five parts whiskey, one part vermouth and a dash of bitters shaken over ice and strained into a cocktail glass. Whiskey-to-vermouth ratios change from bartender to bartender, but either way, this strong-yet-simple drink is a true classy man's beverage.