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From changing a tire to grilling a delicious steak, There are many things that men should know how to do. If you love your alcohol, might as well add the ability to create cocktails of mixed drinks to your arsenal of know-how.

Mixing drinks on your own has its own fair share of benefits. First, it’s a whole lot cheaper than actually drinking out. Second, there’s the fun factor of mixing your own cocktails right at the comforts of your own home. Third, being able to mix drinks for your friends and watch them enjoy your concoctions is always fun.

For today’s article, we’ve scoured the web for some of the best mixed drinks that every man should know by 25.

Top Mixed Drinks Every Man Should Know

Many of these recipes are very easy to make, so feel free to try them out even if you’re a complete beginner.

1. Classic Martini

Martini

Ah yes, the Martini! This is about as classic as you can get, so it’s only apt that we start with this one. There are so many options with a Martini, so it’s important that you know to make the classic one before you customize your own.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 oz gin or vodka
  • 1/2 oz dry vermouth
  • Ice
  • Lemon peel twist or olives, for garnishing

Equipment:

  • Mixing glass or cocktail shaker
  • Hawthorne strainer
  • Fine-mesh strainer (if shaking the martini)
  • Bar spoon
  • Jigger or small liquid measuring glass
  • Martini or coupe glass
  • Pairing knife or Y-Peeler

Steps:

For stirred

  • 1
    Chill the Martini glass by putting it in the freezer to chill.
  • 2
    Put the gin or vodka with the vermouth in your mixing glass.
  • 3
    Add cubed ice and stir for about 30 seconds until chilled. Strain the drink to your chilled Martini glass.
  • 4
    For garnishing, pare a lemon peel and pinch the back of the peel over the martini. Rub the lemon peel around the mouth of the glass, and drop it. Another option is to garnish with speared olives.

Steps:

For shaken

  • 1
    Chill the Martini glass by putting it in the freezer to chill.
  • 2
    Put the gin or vodka with the vermouth in your cocktail shaker.
  • 3
    Add some ice cubes and shake the cocktail shaker for 10 seconds.
  • 4
    If you like ice shards on top of your Martini, simply pour the drink into your glass. If you don’t like the shards, strain the drink using a fine-mesh strainer

[via TheKitchn]

2. Daiquiri

Daiquiri

The Daiquiri is another classic cocktail that’s a holy marriage of sweet, sour, and strong. Like most recipes in this feature, it’s very easy to make but also just as easy to mess up. It’s like asking a chef to make the perfect omelet.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz light rum (you can also use gold rum, but dark rum can be too heavy)
  • 3/4 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice (about 1/2 of a lime)
  • 1 tsp sugar

Steps:

  • 1
    Pour sugar and lime juice into a cocktail shaker and stir until sugar is dissolved.
  • 2
    Add the rum and fill shaker with ice; shake well for 10 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • 3
    Garnish with a wedge of lime.

3. Margarita

Margarita

Margarita’s reputation might have been sullied by spring breaks and those frozen sludge dispensed by machines but it still remains one of refreshing drinks for the summer. Not to mention, it’s frequently requested by the ladies. It really is worth learning.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz 100% agave tequila
  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 1 oz Cointreau or dry curacao

Steps:

  • 1
    Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
  • 2
    Add ice and shake vigorously to combine.
  • 3
    Strain into a coupe glass rimmed with coarse salt.

4. Gin and Tonic

Gin and tonic

The Gin and Tonic is pretty much the quintessential cocktail for the summer. It’s an incredibly refreshing drink and is a no-brainer to make. Just make sure that you use the best brand of gin and tonic water. For the best gin and tonic, make your own homemade tonic ice cubes.

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz (1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons) gin
  • 1/2 oz (1 tablespoon) fresh lime juice
  • 4 oz (1/2 cup) tonic water
  • Lime wedge or slice
  • Ice

Steps:

  • 1
    Fill a high ball glass with ice.
  • 2
    Add gin and lime juice.
  • 3
    Top with tonic water.
  • 4
    Garnish with lime wedge or slice.

5. The Manhattan

Manhattan cocktail

This one is for the fans of the old-school. The Manhattan is one of the best mixed drinks to make for showcasing your favorite whiskey.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz rye whiskey, bourbon, or Canadian whiskey
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 2 to 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • Cherry (for garnish)

Steps:

  • 1
    Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes.
  • 2
    Stir well.
  • 3
    Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  • 4
    Garnish with the cherry

Have Fun Mixing!

There you have, some of the best mixed drinks that any man should learn. These are very easy to make and the ingredients are fairly easy to acquire – so that leaves you with no excuse not to make them.

Do you have a favorite cocktail recipe that every man should know? We’d love to read your inputs in the comments section.