Elegance on the Rocks: Classic Cocktails for the Sophisticated

How often do you find yourself at a bar, pondering a worn-out little menu of cocktails and concoctions offered by the house while your mind is hopelessly stuck on “ . . . vodka-soda, please”?  It can be pretty overwhelming, especially if you’re a man and don’t want to appear emasculated in front of a lady, or your friends. But it’s not rocket science. Here are some classic ideas from L’Esthète that might help you save face and, overall, give you an arsenal to fire from

when in a bar scene.

Americano was first served at the 1860s Italian Café Campari, and consisted of Campari and Cinzano. This drink was a favorite of American expats during Prohibition, so its original name “Milano Torino” was changed to “Americano” as a compliment.  The Americano is composed of Campari, sweet vermouth, and club soda.  Snob Alert: If you want a little James Bond in your drink, ask the bartender to use

Perrier instead of club soda.

Old Fashioned is definitely your poison if you prefer something simple and solid, yet delicious.  This cocktail is something your grandfather would drink. And not because it lacks adventure, but because it’s sophisticated enough to be appreciated by all ages. Always opt for good whiskey or bourbon, and don’t ruin the perfect simplicity of this drink by adding fruit or soda water. The classic ingredients of an

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