Old Fashioned

Ditch the eggnog and fix yourself a proper drink with our guide to mixology.

Like with food, what and how you drink matters. We’re not referring to if you’re into ale or lager, or if you know what to do when the waiter asks you to test the wine. We’re talking about cocktails, the Aston Martins of alcohol. At a cocktail party is where the boys and the men are separated. Know your way around cocktails and the world is your oyster. But, whatever you do, don’t ask for a Sex on the Beach or a Screwdriver – you’re insulting the barman with his fine skills and, ultimately, the alcohol. And remember, just mixing 3 parts coke with 1 part vodka doesn’t make it cocktail.

We suggest you take a geographical approach to your cocktail habits this Christmas; show people you’re not only a man of the world but one with extensive cocktail experience Memorise these: Caribbean Stallion (Tequila, Malibu, Campari and Créme de Menthe, grapefruit juice), Moscow Mule (Vodka, Ginger Beer, fresh lime juice), Singapore Sling (Gin, Cherry Brandy, lemon juice, soda water and Grenadine) and Alabama Slammer (Southern Comfort, Amaretto, Sloe Gin, orange juice). But if all this travelling makes your head spin, if you just want to settle in, read a good book or have a nice conversation with an old friend over a drink, go Old Fashioned like a true gentleman (Bourbon, soda water, one sugar cube, Angostura bitters and a twist of orange peel).