We have all heard the tales of yore from way back when from Grandparents and even Great-Grandparents. "Back in my day...blah, blah, blah..." Most of these stories that the grizzled old vets break out are mind numbingly boring and intendedto tell us how much better the world was back in the day and how easy you kids have it nowadays. Notice I said 'most'. When it comes to the drinking business gramps and grammy had it right. The old school way was in fact the best way.
Take notes son, this is how it's done.
Imagine going out on a Saturday night, most of the time you go to a bar or club with music blaring and young punks running around with too much Axe body spray, drinking copious amounts of Jager Bombs, and living the 'bro' lifestyle. If you are anything like me this is far from a good time. If not, enjoy your life brochacho.
Bombs and bottle service brah!
But now imagine this. Harken back to a time when men dressed like men: pressed 3 piece suits, neckties that werent meant to be ironic, and fedoras that make you wonder if you were talking to a guy named Al or a guy named Al Capone. Women actually took pride in their appearances and didn't go out dressed like they just came off of the day shift at the Penthouse Club. Men were men. And women, God bless them, were women.
Our milkshake does more than bring boys to the yard!
Well fret no more you anti-bros, the majestic days of old are making a comeback in the bar scene. With huge hit TV shows like 'Mad Men' and 'Boardwalk Empire' becoming insanely popular, so too are the drinks of the Golden Age. Even if we never get back to the days of suits, ties, and cocktail dresses a lot more people are partying like they are. Classic drinks like the Old Fashioned, the Jack Rose, Gimlets, and Manhattans are making a roaring comeback to satiate our thirst instead of the tired old Bud Light, Patron Shot, or God forbid, the Incredible Hulk. Drinks that are all about style AND substance just like the people who drank them. Drinks that don't rely on a plethora of liquor to get the job done (although some will get you feeling like a mad man in a very short period of time), or drinks that are so sickly sweet that you will get diabetes halfway through the drink.
To get you off the frat boy path of Jager Bombs and Natty Light and onto the path of the righteous I have a few drinks for you to try on your next night out. But before you walk into the sports bar around the corner and order these please take note: These are sophisticated drinks! Make sure you find a REAL bartender (preferably one that I have trained!) to prepare these for you and not the bimbo at the neighborhood dive. Please to enjoy...
THE OLD FASHIONED
In a highball glass with no ice mix
1/2 oz simple syrup, 3 dashes of Angostura Bitters (Peychaud's works as well), an orange peel and a Marashchino Cherry.
Muddle well then ice the glass
Add 1 1/2 oz of a good rye whisky and a splash of soda
Garnish with a cherry/orange
Doing Don Draper proud.
THE JACK ROSE COCKTAIL
2 oz Applejack brandy
1 oz lemon juice
1 oz grenadine
Shave vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass.
I am renowned gangster and gambler Jack Rose. My drink is so good that Hemingway mentioned it in one of his books.
2 oz Rye/Bourbon
3/4 oz Italian Sweet Vermouth
4 dashes Angosturra Bitters
Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with a cherry
Rumor has it that I was first served by Winston Churchill's mother. If it is good enough for her, its good enough for you!
2 oz of Hendricks Gin
1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
Shake and Strain into a cocktail glass
Garnish with a lime or mint (as shown)
I was one of the first cocktail created after prohibition started because the only liquor available was bathtub gin. It was only slightly better than drinking bathtub water so other ingredients like lime were added.
Well there you have it you young whippersnappers. Now that you have a little schooling on how to drink like a proper adult grab your swell guy or a dame with killer gams, get all dolled up and head out for a night on the town old school style.