A few years ago, Esquire put out a terrific list of rules that every man, and we mean EVERY man should know. Here are a few of our favorites:
#9 Garnish matters.
#13 At the office holiday party, have one fewer drink than your boss.
#24 On those chrome, hourglass-shaped bar measuring cups, the big side is the jigger. The little side is the pony. Never use the pony.
#39 Don’t call the bartender Barkeep, Chief, Buddy, or Ace, unless his actual name, in fact, is Barkeep, Chief, Buddy, or Ace.
#57 If it doesn’t have vermouth, it’s not a martini. If what you really want is iced gin (or vodka) straight up, order it that way.
#69 When all else fails, have a martini.
The Equire drinking site also has a clever drink recipe section. It is categorized by type of drink (e.g., sidecars, daiquiris, juleps, etc.). Each has an interesting tidbit about the history of that type of drink. Very cool.