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Good afternoon gents. I am starting into drinking alcohol other than beer and should like to inquire as to what cocktails are acceptable for any self-respecting male to drink?
I believe Manhattans, Martinis, and Sidecars are acceptable, but have no knowledge as to anything else as I am an utter novice in these matters.
Also, I recently purchased 1 and 3/4ths liter of Jagermeister; aside from the so-called Jagerbombs and Jagerade, are there any classier cocktails that could be made, or should I just drink Jager by the shots?
My novice impressions of Jagermeister are that it is rather strong and bitter tasting, but it creates a pleasant burning sensation in the throat and stomach after consumption. It also aids in digestion as an herbal liquor. I find tequila and vodka to be extremely nasty, though the lemon helps the tequila go down better. I cannot compare with other liquors such as whiskey and Gin for I have not tried those before. Would you gentlemen be so kind as to introduce me to new liquors, with reference to aspects such as strength and taste?
Whisky is quite nice though I prefer a French Martini.
A Sambuca in a glass tumbler is also quite palatable, though please resist the temptations to "shoot it" ignite it or add ice like the savages do. Mearly sip it and enjoy the sensations and changes in flavour as its temperature changes to yours.
We've also got a whole board for indulging in wine. I suggest you checkout the /v/ineyard.
start with speyside scotches, move to islay, then try highlands if you like the peat flavor that comes out in more of the islays than speysides
You are not a man until you have drunk scotch.
Might I suggest some cherry brandy? It warms you right up and has a unique flavor.
Also, you can never go wrong with slow-sipping Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey.
May I suggest the French 75. It is a mans drink made out of gin, lemon juice, sugar, and champagne. My personnel favorite.
Martinis are briliant, yes - try the Old Fashioned, it's different but I think a martini lover would be in good company if he were to declare a fondness for the Old Fashioned as well.
I'm of the opinion that a gin and tonic is an acceptable cocktail for any classy gentleman. As for your jager, i would chill it and then serve it just straight the way you would whiskey or scotch. I wouldn't personally shoot it though. Shooting is for the dull, undignified common folk. Personally i enjoy the flavor anyway.
As for whiskey, while jakc is good, a true gentleman's whiskey is makers mark
Not sure how you feel about Scotch whisky, but the Rob Roy is a fantastically gentlemanly drink.
Straight Cognac, alongside a cup of black coffee, is the perfect end to any fine meal.
Savouring the bouquet of a fine Cognac while you gently heat it to drinking temperature (cold Cognac, as whisk(e)y, is not nice), by holding the glass in the palm of your hand, is a pleasure in itself. Then, the gentle impact of the first sip, followed by the richness of the full taste. Finally the lingering warmth of the aftertastes as you finish imbibing the first mouthfull.
I'm a big fan of Bache-Gabriel's, especially the XO. For first timers I might suggest Deluze XO, as it's extremely smooth - though some might say it's too smooth. Some may even consider it a bit of a ladies Cognac, since it's so easy to drink, but don't let that detract you from trying it.
As for mixed drinks I'd say Irish Coffee is a safe bet, and indeed any gentleman should know how to prepare it, as it requires a certain amount of skill to do well. (and,please , use plain double cream, not whipped cream or, heaven forbid, anything from a pressurized can.)
Jagermeister is cool as a digestif after a meal and not much else, on the rare occasion I drink it - I'd shot it.
Tequila is not all bad, go for a respectable brand and if you don't like the bite from the blue agave in a blanco tequila, go for an anejo (aged) - aging in wood softens the bite of the alcohol and makes it more complex. I drink fine anejo tequilas like I do a scotch: in a rocks glass - neat.
Onto a list of gentlemanly cocktails:
Daquiri (real one, not frozen)
Personally, I believe that there is nothing better in this life than a glass of makers mark.
Never tired any mixed drinks with the Jager, personally, I like it as-is. (I'm a fan of earthy and medicinal flavors, but that's just me) quality makes a HUGE difference in Tequila. Try a reposado or above- the aging mellows it out. if it's clear, it's probably nasty. If it's cheap and amber, it's probably caramel colouring.
If you like sweet and medicinal, try the green chartreuse/ chartreuse vert.
I don't know about respectability, but a gin and tonic is fantastic on a hot day, and I isn't too hard hitting in the alcohol department.
If Jeager on the rocks is too strong try it hot with Earl Grey tea. Something like Germany's answer to a Hot Toddie.
Good for a cold too.
Personally speaking I am of the opinion that there is only one spirit you'll really ever need for the rest of your life and that is rum. That's not to say you shouldn't try others. Indeed you should. But it always behooves a gentle person to have a deeper specialized understanding of their pastimes and pleasures, and as far as alcohol goes rum is both a good starting and ending point for said inquiry.
Rum is the most palatable imbibed solo (as far as spirits are concerned. Liqueurs are obviously much more flavorful but that is comparing apples and oranges)
It also has some simple, elegant, and delicious pairings in cocktails
Mojito - lime, mint, syrup, sparkling water, white rum
*add brown sugar and dark rum for a twist. Add angostura bitters for even more twist.
Cuba Libre - lime, coca cola (made with real cane sugar), dark rum
Macuá - lime, orange, guava, syrup, white or dark rum
Skip the more garish tiki choices such as the Piña Colada or the Mai Tai, although never rule out any cocktail on principle... in the hands of the right bartender even the tackiest of drinks can be salvaged into something intelligent and refreshing.
Do yourself a favor and invest in something a little better than Bacardi or Captain Morgans (shudders). Doesn't need to be super fancy as long as it has some age to it. 4-5 years minimum. My personal favorite is Ron Flor de Caña (Nicaragua) although I have heard Ron Botran (Guatemala) Ron Abuelo (Panama) and Ron del Barrilito (Puerto Rico) are also solid choices.
Silly me. I forgot to mention the daiquiri. The classic type. Not the modern 711 slushee inspired version.
Also, if you are looking for something a little off the beaten path and like smokey flavors you should try mescal as an alternative to tequila. It's mostly for sipping although I imagine it would mix well in a mule (lime and ginger beer, served in a copper mug)
OP, Jagermeister is not an acceptable drink for a respectable man. Jagermeister is a frat boy's drink.
A well-rounded man should be able to enjoy a quality tipple of any hard liquor. Quality matters - cheap tequila or whiskey is worse than dishwater. Liqueurs are for mixing or aperitifs, not to be drunk straight except on Christmas morning. The ability to appreciate and distinguish between single malt whiskys is indispensible - you can wax poetic about your drink of choice, but if you're not a whisky man you'll never be quite "top shelf".
The key to being a respectable drinker (which critics often overlook) is to have a "nose" for liquor. This means having a physiology sufficiently adapted to alcohol that you can see past the "kick" of the alcohol and register more subtle flavours. As a neophyte drinker, when you describe tequila and vodka as both "extremely nasty" you are having an objectively different experience than I would have with the same drinks - there's a whole complexity of flavour there that you're simply not equipped to taste.
The key to acquiring the taste is to drink high-proof stuff in moderation over a long period. I recommend purchasing a mid-range blended Scotch whiskey and a bottle of Drambuie. Mix half-and-half over ice - this makes a duo called a Rusty Nail, which is sweeter than whisky but just as strong. Over time, adjust the proportions until you're drinking 2/3s or 3/4s whisky, then switch to drinking it straight. If whisky doesn't work for you, pursue a similar strategy with another liquor.
Death in the Afternoon, also called the Hemingway or the Hemingway Champagne, is a cocktail made up of absinthe and Champagne invented by Ernest Hemingway. It is a must try.