With age comes expectation. An expectation that you know what you're doing, especially when it comes to drinking.

There comes a time where not being able to make yourself anything else but a vodka-soda loses its charm. As you grow with age comes an expectation. An expectation that you know your way around a drink. Here are five signature drinks every man should know how to make.

Dirty Martini

Ingredients:
- 70ml gin or vodka
- 1 tablespoon of dry vermouth 
- 2 tablespoon of olive brine
- Green olives
- Ice
- 1 lemon

Directions:

  1. Pour gin/vodka, dry vermouth, olive brine, and no more than a handful of ice in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Rub the rim of a martini glass with lemon (preferably wedge). 
  3. Strain liquid from shaker into glass.
  4. Add an olive.

Old-Fashioned 

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Ingredients:
- 60ml rye whisky, bourbon; rum is acceptable sometimes (ERon Zacapa Centenario, thank me later)
- 3 dashes of bitters
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- Sphere ice cube if possible; if not, regular works fine (I guess, some people like their cocktails half-assed)
- Orange for garnish (none of this cherry bullshit)

Directions:

  1. Sugar straight in the glass, followed by bitters
  2. Add a few drops of water.
  3. Add whisky, bourbon, or rum and stir until sugar dissolves.
  4. Place ice in glass and stir until chilled.
  5. Garnish with orange (essence from peel and juice form flesh). 

Whisky Sour

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Ingredients:
- 60ml whisky
- 30ml lemon juice 
- 15ml syrup (sugar)
- Egg white
- Ice
- Glazed cherry

Directions:

  1. Throw the whiskey, lemon juice, syrup, and egg white to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Dry shake.
  3. Add ice to the shaker.
  4. Wet shake (as in regular like).
  5. Fill a glass with ice and strain the contents in.
  6. Garnish with cherry.

Tom Collins 

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Ingredients:
- 60ml gin
- 30ml lemon juice
- Soda water
- 1 teaspoon of sugar (preferably caster)
- Ice
- Lemons

Directions:

  1. Add gin, lemon juice, sugar, and ice to cocktail shaker.
  2. Shake 'n' strain, into a glass filled with ice.
  3. Top up with some soda water, about 15-20% of the total glass.
  4. Garnish with lemon, wheel > wedge in this case.

Bloody Mary

Ingredients:
- 60ml vodka
- 120ml tomato juice
- 2 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons of horseradish 
- 1 pinch of smoked paprika
- 1 pinch of ground black pepper
- Celery
- Lemon
- Lime

Directions

  1. Add vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, paprika, and pepper into shaker.
  2. Squeeze lemon and lime into the mix. 
  3. Shake 'n' strain. 
  4. Pour into a tall glass, and stick a bit of celery in there.
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