It is important to present yourself as a professional in all aspects of life. One way to do so is to show your experience. Though new trends come and go it is always important to stay true and hip to the classics. For example, though typical business meetings will take place in office buildings you will really get to know a person from your professional life when you drink together. If you are trying to make it in the creative world, chances are you will be asked out for a drink by someone with strictly business/professional aspirations. That is why I am going to give you a short list of cocktails you should be familiar with if you want to impress your company.
We start with the Old Fashioned. This drink is literally hundreds of years old. It is a simple cocktail, and easy to familiarize yourself with. An Old Fashioned is 1 1/2 oz Bourbon or Rye whiskey, 2 dashes Angostura bitters, 1 Sugar cube and 2 spurts of club soda. It is garnished with an orange peel and served over ice (unless directed otherwise).
Next we move on to a Martini. If you want to come across as the 007 type this gin based cocktail is for you. Stir 1/2 oz dry vermouth and 3 oz of gin in a mixing glass with ice. Garnish it with an olive (or a lemon peel if instructed).
Next we come to the Manhattan. This classic beverage can be made with rye or bourbon. Stir your choice of liquor (2 oz), bitters (1 dash), and sweet vermouth (3/4 oz) in a mixing glass with ice and strain your drink into a rocks or cocktail glass. This cocktail is garnished with a cherry.
For the second last drink on this list I present to you Irish Coffee. It is a good end of the meeting drink. It is also the least difficult to make. Pour your coffee into a glass mug with a shot of Irish whiskey. Add cream and brown sugar at your discretion.
The final drink everyone should know how to make is a Whiskey Sour. This is the only drink on the list that is required to be shaken, not stirred. Shake a shot of whiskey (1.5 oz), 1 oz of lemon juice, and a half oz of gomme syrup, with ice. Strain into an old fashioned glass and garnish it with the option of a cherry, a lemon rind or an orange slice.
Due to its popularity I have decided to add the Mojito. It is not a difficult drink to make but a person can easily mess it up. Muddle mint leaves, sugar, and lime juice in your drinking glass. Pour a shot of rum (1.5 oz) into the glass and top it off with soda water. Garnish it with mint. If served on the rocks pour your drink on ice. It is traditionally served in a Collins glass.
As usual you better enjoy these articles because they can help you. Do not take for granted the importance of the drink. It is the ultimate opportunity to get to know exactly who someone is and if you want to work with them.