Posted on August 11 2015
To be a real man one must ponder what makes one. There are plenty of ways to reflect on this, and plenty of ways to try to prove it. So what must a man drink? And what defines manliness in a drink anyway? A real man knows it’s not what hits hardest that matters. That is a child’s game. Nor does it attest masculinity to crack open an ice cold Zima. Do they still even make Zima? You wouldn’t know. You don’t drink sugar water. Yours is the drink of your bad-ass grandfather man. The drink that causes second puberty. Yours is the Old-Fashioned.
Two ounces Bourbon or Rye Whiskey poured over a sugar cube, a splash of club soda and some bitters becomes equal parts sexy and simple. Throw in an orange and / or a cherry for esthetic appeal. Like bright red lipstick on a stunning woman. And don’t forget the classy single giant ice cube.
A man enters into the smooth syrupy taste of an Old-Fashioned and finds peace in presence; nodding to the company he’s in. Other real men who enjoy the Old-Fashioned include Don Draper, George Lucas, and Gary Cooper. And let’s not discount that time your girlfriend made you watch Crazy, Stupid, Love. Don't pretend you didn't like the part where Ryan Gosling does “the move” after he makes her an Old-Fashioned. Note the artistry in the scene. His treatment of the drink reflects how he treats her.
Now get yourself a glass and fill it up.
1 sugar cube
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
A splash of club soda
2 ounces Rye Whiskey
A cherry or an orange slice for looks
Here’s to you Ryan Gosling. /tips glass