5 Classy Drinks for Gay Gentlemen
Every gay man eventually tires of throwing up gallons of Long Island Ice Teas and Hurricane. When you hit that wall, it’s time to jump on the classy drink wagon. I ventured on a journey to find classy drinks for gay gentlemen. Drinking classy drinks and socializing as a gay gentleman was beyond my grasp. After weeks of trying and failing to find a classy drink which I could enjoy, I finally stumbled onto some while frequenting my favorite bar (which you can find here).
Drinking a classy drink doesn’t mean you throw your pinky up and talk with a British accent, although that may get you laid quicker in some settings. It means you’re simply sipping and enjoying a more refined drink to keep your buzz flowing rather than making you a slurry, dancing mess.
I’m a sophisticated drinker now, and I doubt there will ever be any turning back. It is my duty now to wean my fellow gay male compatriots off the horrible party drinks. I hope to also introduce them to the fresh and interesting lifestyle of being a consummate gentleman drinker. My favorite 5 classy drinks for gay gentlemen who want to be more sophisticated drinkers are as follows:
Remember the Maine – Whiskey based Cocktail
In my party days, Absinthe was the weapon of choice many a night out with the boys. A cheap and nasty Absinthe will tear strips off your throat (literally). But a quality one in the right mix of other ingredients is so amazing it’ll make the hairs on your neck stand on end.
Charles H Baker Jr. discovered Remember the Maine at a bar in Havana Cuba in 1933. He shared this drink with the world in his book “The Gentleman’s Companion”. The book recounts his travels throughout the world and the amazing drinks he enjoyed in the bars he visited. Remember the Maine is among the classiest drinks for gay gentlemen. This drink is made up of the following ingredients, are shaken before served:
2 oz Rye Whiskey
3/4 oz Sweet Vermouth
1/2 Cherry Heering
1/2 tsp Absinthe
Absinthe is by far the star of the show in this cocktail but its balanced beautifully by the sweetness in the Heering and Vermouth. Rye Whiskey is a great base and brings all the flavors together nicely. This drink is a great start to kicking off your journey to drinking like a gentleman.
The Brandy Alexander – Brandy Based Cocktail
I have thrown this one in for all the milkshake lovers. It’s a hell of a lot more sophisticated than that. It is a creamy liqueur-based drink for those that like a sweeter milky cocktail. The Brandy Alexander is made up of:
1 1/2 oz Brandy
1 oz Dark Creme de Cacao
1 oz Half & Half
1/4 tsp Nutmeg
The nutmeg in this drink is delightful. The combination of brandy and milk make it a smooth sipper. A nice one to start off the night easy then warm yourself into some stiffer drinks.
16-year-old Lagavulin – Single Malt Scotch
A single malt scotch effortlessly spells “classy gay gentleman”, like no other drink. The 16-Year-Old Lagavulin is a brawny scotch made in the south of the Island of Islay. Islay is well known for its whiskey making and this one is a beauty. The first sip of this drink brings with it a full smoky mouthful of what I can only describe as charred manhood. A strong waft of bacon comes through at the same time. Then both flavors mellow ever so slightly to reveal light fruity notes in the background.
The bacon and smoky flavors are mild and easily missed if you don’t let each mouthful set and sink in. The fruit, meat, and smoke seem like an unlikely combination, but they come together beautifully. This Bond favorite will make you feel like the glossiest guy in the room. It is a well-regarded single malt in the world of gentlemanly drinkers. No man should get all the way through life without having had a glass of this single malt and you should serve it from a fancy globe into glasses.
Remi Martin XO – Cognac
Remy Martin has nothing short of superstar status when it comes to the world of cognac. They dominate in the petite and grand champagne cognac market and when you taste their cognac, it’s clear why. You won’t be out drinking Cognac every night (unless you run with the rich and famous), with its price tag. It is a drink reserved for a momentous occasion or a splurge-worthy achievement. Where your wallet feels the pain, however, your mouth feels the pleasure.
What Remi gives up in smoothness it makes back ten-fold with a deluge of spicy, nutty, caramel deliciousness that’s quite hard to put into words. It is rich, varied, velvet, and so many other things. This is in my top 3 gentleman drinks. It might sound ridiculous but drinking this just makes me feel like the most polished, refined guy in the room. You will appreciate every mouthful and it’s hard not to rave about it with whoever is sharing drinks with you, especially in a quality set of drinkware.
The Godfather – Scotch & Amaretto Cocktail
How could I leave a drink with a name like this off my list of classy drinks for gay gentlemen? The Godfather is a drink that (for lack of better words) has balls! The name is as true a representation of the taste as any. It’s simple but sophisticated all at the same time. Here’s what’s in it:
1 1/2 oz Single Malt Scotch Whisky
1/2 oz Amaretto Liqueur
The sweet Amaretto works well with any quality single malt scotch. Many whiskey-based cocktails don’t do the whiskey justice and tend to overcrowd it. The flavor of the amaretto pairs nicely with it and lets the scotch shine. If you want to be cute, order a Godmother for your sassy friend at the bar, at the same time. This is a milder variation that replaces scotch with vodka.
That gives you a pretty good start to dropping the party drinks and embracing class and sophistication. There’s no doubt the switch over for me has added an enjoyable new facet to my social life and a keen interest in quality alcohol as a side hobby. Get stuck in and give it a go, fellas. A few bucks and hangovers are all you have to lose.