The 6 New Rules for Drinking Like a Real Man

How are men really supposed to drink?

Rose Champaign

That’s the question Jeffrey Morgenthaler, cocktail expert and author of The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique, asked himself after ordering (and enjoying) pink drinks on a first date.

Yes, he went there. On a first date. With dinner, a bottle of rosé. After dinner, a strawberry daiquiri.

And yes, his date took notice.

He wrote about this experience in  a recent article for Food Republic, stating that, “as a man who enjoys food and drink for the way it tastes, and not based on what color it is, I can’t help but think there should be a new list of rules for men who drink, in bars or at home.”

He proposes 6. We liked them and hope you will be intrigued to learn more.

Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s 6 Rules for Drinking Like a Man

Rule One: Stop worrying about “manly” drinks. Real men don’t worry about such things. They’re educated enough to appreciate why the rosé is pink and comfortable drinking it in public.

Rule Two: Drink with confidence from stemmed glassware. Apparently many men believe drinking from a stem is as unmanly as filling up on pink drinks. This rule calls that belief dirty names.

Rule Three: Even macho men drink vodka. “Think it’s not badass enough to prove your manhood?” The author shares a tip that will make vodka a staple in your bar.

Rule Four: Quit acting like the whiskey expert you’re not. (My favorite rule.) Men think they know everything about whiskey. (Mr. Morgenthaler calls them “Whiskey Alphas.”) They also think women know nothing. As a whiskey drinker, I call bullshit.

Rule Five: Save doubles for the airport. Simmer down sir. Ordering a double at a restaurant or bar makes you look like a college kid on spring break.

Rule Six: Drink bubbles any time of day. (My very favorite rule.) From the article: “It doesn’t matter if it’s 10 in the morning on a Tuesday or midnight on a Friday. A real man will always offer his date a glass of sparkling wine and enjoy one himself.” Amen.

That pink-drink-first-date led to another. And another. And another. And now that first date is his girlfriend. And he is obviously a real man, indeed.

Check out the full article for additional perspective and humor.

Cheers to real men everywhere.

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