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Cocktails for the gents


Guys usually see cocktails as idrinks zama cherry. If you see a guy drinking a cocktail, some will immediately assume that he is gay. Drinking cocktails does not make you less of a man than umjita who is downing beer.  You can also make some of these cocktails at home and impress people with your skills when you’re throwing imbhadla.  To practice your cocktail making skills, you will need a cocktail shaker, cocktail muddler and a cocktail sieve.  Here are some manly cocktails that you should definitely try out and how to make them:


classic olive martini Classic Martini

225ml Vodka

1 dash dry Vermouth

30ml olive juice

3 green olives


Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake or stir.  Pour contents into a martini glass



             Classic Manhattan

60ml Whiskey

15ml sweet Vermouth

2 – 3 dashes of Angostura bitters

Cherry to garnish

Pour ingredients into shaker, stir or shake and then strain. Add cherry in a   martini glass (or any glass really) and then pour your drink over it. 




Sidecar Martini 265

            Side Car

45ml Cognac/Bourbon

30ml Triple Sec

15ml Lemon Juice

Sugar for glass rim (optional)


Add all ingredients into a shaker and shake.  Pour into your glass.



            Old Fashioned

60ml Bourbon

2 dashes Angostura bitters

1 splash Soda Water

1 tbsp sugar

1 cherry and orange wedge


Pour sugar, water and bitters in a glass.  Add in the cherry and orange wedge.  Use cocktail muddler to squash ingredients into a paste.  Add bourbon and some ice cubes, stir and you have your drink.

You’ll obviously need a lot of practice before you decide to show off to your friends.



By Martine Hendricks

photos: Don LaVange @Flickr

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