Drink Like a Mad Man: The Essentials for a Respectable Home Bar

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Drinking can be fun no matter what the excuse, but after watching several seasons of those classy fellas down cocktail after cocktail, maybe it's time to try your hand at home bar tending. Here's a few tips, tricks, and outright demands to help you get started.

manhattan.jpg 2 1/2 parts whisky
3/4 parts sweet vermouth
1 dash bitters 
1 maraschino cherry 
1 twist orange peelCombine whisky, vermouth, bitters and 3 ice cubes in an old fashioned glass. In a separate cocktail glass, add an orange slice. Strain whisky vermouth mixture into cocktail glass. 
1 part whisky
3/4 part triple sec
lemon twistShake whiskey and triple sec over ice. Strain and pour into an old fashioned glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.3 parts gin
2 parts lemon or lime juice
1 muddled sugar cube
1 splash club soda
1 maraschino cherry
1 lemon or lime wheel

In a shaker add gin, lemon or lime juice and a sugar cube
Add ice and shake well (please see Rule #2).
Strain into collins glass filled with ice.
Add club soda and stir well.
Garnish with maraschino cherry and lemon or lime wheel.
2 dashes bitters 
4 parts rye whisky or bourbon 
1 sugar cube
orange slice 
maraschino cherry

In an old fashioned glass (who would have guessed?) shake bitters onto a sugar cube. Add a small amount of water and stir/muddle the sugar cube until dissolved. Add ice, orange slice and cherry. Add whiskey, stir well and enjoy.
3 parts gin 
1 part Rose's Sweetened Lime Juice
In a shaker combine gin and lime juice.

Add ice and shake well (please see Rule #2).
Strain serve with lime twist.
2 parts vodka 
1part Kahlua 
1 part half & half

Pour vodka, Kaluha and cream into an old fashioned glass. 
Stir well and serve with ice.

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