STL Now: Cocktail Attire

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A mans cocktail of choice reveals as much about him as what he wears or what he drives. Looking for a libation that tells your story? Then consider a classic and choose from one of these three styles of sips.


You like holding court in the penthouse, making the rules, setting the style and generally being the sheik of chic.

Drink of Choice: The Martini
Distinguished gentlemen from Bogie to P. Diddy have indulged themselves with this grandaddy of the modern cocktail. Its simple elegance still reigns supreme among tastemakers.

Be Your Own Mixologist:
• 1 3/4 oz. gin
• 3/4 oz. dry vermouth

Stir in mixing glass with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with olive.

For a Twist: Try a couple of dashes of orange bitters for a pre-Prohibition take on this classic.

Gotta-Have Gadget: If you decide to go the Bond route and shake your martini instead of stirring, try this unique model with a built-in strainer, the Metrokane Fliptop Cocktail Shaker ($30, at Bed Bath & Beyond).

You fancy yourself a man of action, tend to lead with your heart and not your head and value deeds over words.

Drink of Choice: The Cuba Libre
One legend has it that one of Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders came up with this concoction during the Spanish-American War. It was also rumored to be a favorite of legendary man’s man and literary lion Ernest Hemingway. Take no prisoners!

Be Your Own Mixologist:
• 2 oz. light rum
• cola
• juice of half a lime

Pour the lime juice into a highball glass over ice, add rum, fill with cola, stir and serve.

For a Twist: Try other types of rum, like dark or spiced varieties. Drop the squeezed lime into the drink for an additional citrus kick.

Gotta-Have Gadget: Squeeze every last bit of juice out of that lime with the Breville Die Cast Citrus Press 800 CPXL ($180,


You fly with the night owls and like spending the wee hours hanging in the lounge debating literature, music and generally spinning tales—tall and otherwise.

Drink of Choice: The Manhattan

Supposedly commissioned for a party held by Lady Randolph Churchill (yep, Sir Winston’s mom) in the late 1800s, this classic was allegedly a fave of the Rat Pack, in its dry version, and was a go-to drink for literary legend Jack Kerouac.

Be Your Own Mixologist:
• 1 3/4 oz. rye whiskey
• 3/4 oz. sweet vermouth
• 1 dash aromatic bitters

Stir in mixing glass with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry.

For a Twist: Go off the grid completely and ditch the vermouth and play with other sweet wine-based liqueurs, like Campari or Lillet Rouge.

Gotta-Have Gadget: Keep your liquid creation free of debris with the WMF Loft Strainer ($18, It has adjustable coils to fit in different size shakers and glasses, and a short handle that won’t get in your way.


968_427.jpgA Classic Martini

969_427.jpgA Cuba Libre

970_427.jpgThe Metrokane Fliptop Cocktail Shaker

971_427.jpgA Cuba Libre

972_427.jpgErnest Hemingway, a huge fan of a good Cuba Libre

973_427.jpgBreville Die Cast Citrus Press 800 CPXL

974_427.jpgA Manhattan

975_427.jpgManhattan Man Jack Kerouac

976_427.jpgWMF Loft Strainer


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