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The Gentleman’s Quick Cocktail Guide, Part 2

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide here! So, if you couldn’t guess by the title, today’s article will be a continuation of the first cocktail guide I put up back in January. If you missed it, the link is right here. I thought that article was incredibly fun to make, so I thought I would bring you some more drinks to share with your friends at your next get-together!

Disclaimer: While I will be talking about alcoholic beverages and encouraging my readers to enjoy said beverages, I also encourage them to drink responsibly. I will not be responsible for the consequences of your actions if you overdrink or get behind the wheel while intoxicated. Please be careful and know your limits.

1. Tom Collins

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Ingredients: 2 oz of gin, 1 oz of fresh lemon juice, 1/2 of simple syrup, club soda, garnish with 2 lemon slices

The drink so popular they named the glass after it! Originating in England after being memorialized in the Fortnightly Review magazine in 1891, this drink can be the perfect summer refresher. It’s almost like a more classy and adult variation of lemonade.

2. Mint Julep

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1⁄4 oz of raw sugar syrup, 8 mint leaves, 2 oz of bourbon, garnish with 1 mint sprig

Introduced by U.S. Senator Henry Clay of Kentucky during the eighteenth century, this is a classy drink most commonly associated with the American South and the Kentucky Derby. Pretty much anyone who enjoys classic “minty freshness” will be in for a real treat with this cocktail.

3. White Russian

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2 oz of vodka, 1 oz of kahlúa, heavy cream (or milk depending on your tastes)

Anyone who’s seen the 1998 Coen Brothers film The Big Lebowski knows that this is the beverage of choice for Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski. In fact, it was that movie that brought this drink back into the sunlight, since it was never really that popular since it was introduced in 1965. Nonetheless, this can be an interesting cocktail for those looking for something a little outside the box.

4. Screwdriver

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1 1/2 oz of vodka, orange juice

First appearing in literature as far back as 1938, this cocktail can be a perfect alternative to the mimosa, which I mentioned in the last cocktail guide. Just as refreshing as the mimosa, this beverage can be the perfect choice with your Sunday brunch.

5. Irish Coffee

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Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz of Irish Whiskey, 1 oz brown sugar syrup, hot brewed coffee

While the term “Irish coffee” can refer to most alcoholic coffee drinks colloquially, nowadays the term is most commonly associated with this recipe that most people are familiar with. Travel writer Stanton Delaplane is credited with bringing it to the US after working with the Buena Vista Cafe to start serving it back as early as 1952. Anyone looking for either an accompaniment to their breakfast or a decent nightcap should give this one a try!

So there we have it! Those are just five (5) more cocktails for you gents to try and experiment with. For those who are wonder, most of the recipes I found for this guide came from liquor.com, so if there are any other cocktails you’re interested in looking into, be sure to check them out! In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s article. Please be sure to share the article, follow the blog, follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and support us on Patreon. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!

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The Gentleman’s Guide to the 4th of July

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from the Young Gentleman’s Guide here! So, today’s article will really only apply if those of you reading live in the United States, (and I’ve been seeing a lot more readers from outside the U.S. lately) but today I wanted to give you not necessarily a guide like the title may suggest, but just ways that I’ve celebrated America’s Independence day in years past in the hopes that I can give you readers some inspiration in case you need to find something to do (except I won’t be including things like parades or fireworks shows, since those are both essentially a given). So without any further delay, let’s get started!

1. A barbecue

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It’s no secret that one of the cornerstones of American culture is the typical barbecue, whether it be at a park, a picnic area, or even your backyard. So it’s also no surprise that one of the best ways to celebrate the 4th is such a barbecue. Get together with some friends and family, grill some burgers and hot dogs, have some corn on the cob, and maybe have a beer or a patriotic cocktail (thanks to liquor.com for that inspiration)! This is just the perfect carefree way to celebrate the America’s independence, not to mention the most delicious!

2. Family get-together

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This may or may not go hand-in-hand with the aforementioned barbecue, but it’s still a great way to celebrate the holiday. This is a tradition we hold dear in my family. We always get together at my grandparents’ vacation house in the small town of Independence, California to celebrate with everyone (except we can’t do it this year since so many people are so busy). But in any case, getting to spend Independence with friends and family is sure to make the celebration that much more jovial and exciting!

3. Listening to American music

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Obviously one of the biggest cornerstones of the culture of any nation is its music, and the United States is no different. In my opinion, the best way to show appreciation for our country and its independence is listening to classic American music. And I’m not talking about typical American pop like Miley Cyrus’ Party in the USA, I mean songs and artists that truly represent America and its freedom. Things like Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run, the Glenn Miller Orchestra’s In the Mood, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. For those of you who are interested, I actually have a 4th of July playlist on Spotify that would be great for your 4th of July celebrations!

4. Honoring your American Heroes

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Glenn Miller, one of my personal American heroes

This one might sound a little strange, but bear with me. Last year on 4th of July, I decided to put up a post on my personal Instagram showcasing a collection of people who are my personal American heroes. I believe that doing something like this shows a much better appreciation for America, its freedom, and its people. If any of you reading this decide to do something like this, please be sure to let me know, I would be very happy to see a post like that spread!

So there we have it! Those are just some of the ways I’ve celebrated Independence Day in the past, and I’m hoping this at least gave you an inspiration for something you might want to do to add to the celebration of America’s independence. I hope you all have a very happy and safe Independence Day, stay safe, drink responsibly, and be very careful with fireworks! I hope you enjoyed reading today’s article. Please be sure to share the post, follow the blog, follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and support us on Patreon. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and God bless America!

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Our Favorite Fragrances (Part 2 of 2)

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from the Young Gentleman’s Guide here! So this article is actually the second half of a collaboration I’m doing with my dear friend Elena, owner and head writer for A Vintage Athenian. We have two articles coming out today, one on her blog and one on mine. So if you missed the first part of this list, be sure to check it out right here! And if you just came from there, then welcome! Entries 7 and 9 will be presented by Elena and entries 6, 8, and 10 will be presented by yours truly. So without any further delay, let’s get to the rest of the list!

6. Red 360° by Perry Ellis for men

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The very first cologne I’ve ever used, this fragrance is a perfect fit for pretty much any occasion! Relatively cheap, yet still very classy, this fragrance is a great place to start for those of you who have never used cologne before. One thing it has going for it is its wide range of ingredients. Its top notes consist of citrus and juniper berry, middle notes consist of red apple, sichuan pepper, red leather, and amber, and base notes consist of sage, oakmoss, and sandalwood. This blend of scents makes for a perfect sweet and spicy fragrance that works for just about anything!

7. Diamonds and Emeralds by Elizabeth Taylor for women

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This one is another favorite of mine which I wear in class or when I visit friends or relatives. It’s definitely something more casual and affordable too, but it still has a very beautiful scent! This fragrance was released in 1993 and its main accords are white floral. Its top notes consist of so many ingredients! White rose, gardenia, apricot, fresh mandarin, juicy peach, sage, hyacinth, orange blossom and green accords. The heart is enriched with floral sweet jasmine, lily of the valley, carnation, seductive tuberose, rose, magnolia and Tiger lily while the base notes include vanilla, amber, musk, patchouli and tonka beans. Of course as every Elizabeth Taylor fragrance, the bottle is extremely elegant and gives you that old Hollywood feeling!

8. Aventus by Creed

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Definitely the most interesting fragrance on this list, this one is meant to be a tribute to Emperor Napoleon, with ingredients and notes dedicated to different aspects of his life. Such notes include “Pineapple, his favorite food; Blackcurrant from Corsica, his hometown; and Ambergris from the ocean, representing his navy.” On top  of that, middle notes consist of rose, dry birch, and Moroccan jasmine, and base notes consisting of oak moss, musk, and vanilla. This is meant to exude a sense of class and elegance, perfect for if you’re attending any high-end affair. The only downfall is that Creed Aventus is not very cheap, but according to those who use this fragrance, you’ll absolutely get what you pay for!

9. La Vie Est Belle by Lancôme for women

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This fragrance used to be, and still is, my favorite since it was released in 2012! Not only is its aroma impressive, but its name gives you such a positive attitude towards life and that’s what made me buy it at the beginning! Its main accords are mostly sweet with its main ingredient being iris! The top notes consist of black currant and pear while the middle notes include orange blossoms and jasmine. Finally, the base contains tonka bean, praline, patchouli and vanilla. La vie est belle in French means ”life is beautiful” and the concept of this fragrance was to promote natural beauty and  happiness! It wants to give a positive outlook on life, by focusing on joy in small things!

10. La Nuit De L’homme by Yves Saint Laurent

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Whether you’re looking to snag some digits, or are planning a special night with that special someone, this fragrance is a great choice not just for those occasions, but it also works for any season! It’s the perfect blend of sweet and sexy. The top notes consist of almost entirely cardamom, middle notes consist of bergamot, Virginia cedar, and lavender, and base notes consist of Vetiver & Caraway. Again, a perfect choice for date night or even just a night on the town. Anyone who uses cologne will say that this one is an essential, and this one is absolutely at the top of my list!

So there we have it! That’s our list of our favorite fragrances and colognes/perfumes. While this list is obviously much more opinion-based than a lot of our other lists, but hopefully this will give you readers some inspiration as to what fragrance you may want to try out! I want to say a huge thank you to Elena for her contributions and her wonderful writing. Again, if you missed Part 1 of this list, be sure to check it out on A Vintage Athenian and show it some love! In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s article. Please be sure to share the post, follow the blog, follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and support us on Patreon. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!

Sources

http://colognebuys.com/cologne/guide-to-colognes/

https://gearpatrol.com/2017/12/27/best-classic-colognes/

https://www.fragrantica.com/perfume/Shulton-Company/Old-Spice-Original-14746.html

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My Favorite Beers

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from the Young Gentleman’s Guide here! So today’s article will obviously be more opinion-based, but even so, I’ll hopefully give you young gents a semi-reliable guide so you can get an idea for what you might want to drink when cracking open a cold one with the boys! So here’s a list of some of my favorite beers in the hopes that you can find a brew that you enjoy.

Disclaimer: While I will be talking about alcoholic beverages and encouraging my readers to enjoy said beverages, I also encourage them to drink responsibly. I will not be responsible for the consequences of your actions if you overdrink or get behind the wheel while intoxicated. Please be careful, and know your limits.

1. Pabst Blue Ribbon

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Standard serving: 12 fluid ounces
Region of origin: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Alcoholic content: 4.74–5.9% alcohol by volume

While it may be stereotyped as “white trash” or “frat boy” beer, I love a good PBR just about any time. It’s the perfect amount of home-grown and home-brewed nostalgia. This is an especially preferred choice for the 4th of July, since the brand’s red, white, and blue coloring fits right in with the celebration of the Stars and Stripes.

2. Red Stripe

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Standard serving: 11.2 fluid ounces
Region of origin: Jamaica
Alcoholic content: 4.7% alcohol by volume

If you’re looking for a bit more of a unique brew, Red Stripe might be a good place to start! Not only does it have a distinctly shaped bottle, but how many beers can you name that are made in Jamaica? In any case, Red Stripe is a perfectly adequate brew that is a prefect fit for just about any occasion.

3. Blue Moon

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Standard serving: 12 fluid ounces
Region of origin: Golden, Colorado, United States
Alcoholic content: 5.4% alcohol by volume

This one is one of my dad’s personal favorites, and I love it as well! Now, to be fair, I’ve only ever had just the regular, run-of-the-mill brew, but Blue Moon offers a variety of different brews or flavors,  even some more special ones depending on the deason. During the fall season, Blue Moon puts out a pumpkin-flavored Harvest Moon brew, which I still have yet to try, but if you’re  looking for a brew with a bit more variety, Blue Moon is the perfect place to start.

4. 805

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Standard serving: 12 fluid ounces
Region of origin: Paso Robles, California, United States
Alcoholic content: 4.7% alcohol by volume

Of course I’ll love a brew that represents the homestead! For those who don’t know, 805 is actually an area code, the area code of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. And anyone who’s been reading for a while most likely knows that I was born and raised in Ventura, so of course I had to try this almost as soon as I turned 21. And thankfully, this one has started to be distributed to other places outside of California, which I could not be happier about. Any of you who want to get at least a little sense of the Southern California lifestyle, see if you can find some 805 at your local grocery or liquor store!

5. Corona Extra

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Standard serving: 7-12 fluid ounces
Region of origin: Mexico
Alcoholic content: 5.4% alcohol by volume

On my 21st birthday, I decided to watch a movie, have some cake, and drink a beer with my roommates. That beer we had was Corona Extra, and for being one of my first alcoholic beverages, I really liked it. This one can be a great fit for anybody looking to host any party or shindig!

6. Früh Kölsch

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Standard serving: 12-16 fluid ounces
Region of origin: Cologne, Germany
Alcoholic content: 4.4%-5.2% alcohol by volume

And now moving on to the country best known for its beer! I first tried this brew while I was at a German restaurant with my cousins in San Francisco, and I must say, it’s probably the best beer I’ve had so far! When I first tried it, I thought it literally tasted like liquid bread, but unfortunately, I haven’t had a chance to have it again since it can be hard to come by in the States. But if you get a chance to try Kölsch, I highly recommend it, you will not be disappointed.

So there it is! Apologies if these descriptions were extremely superficial, I just don’t know too much about beer, I just wanted to share some of my favorites in an attempt to maybe give you young gents an idea of what you might like! In any case, I hope you enjoyed reading today’s article. Please be sure to share the post, follow the blog, follow The Young Gentleman’s Guide on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and support us on Patreon. And on that note, this is Max from The Young Gentleman’s Guide, and I’ll see you next time!

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Hiking/Backpacking

Afternoon gents, it’s Max from the Young Gentleman’s Guide here! First off, thank you all so much for the amount of traffic and support you gave my last post about my grandfather. I could not have predicted how much support it got, and I truly appreciate all of you who read and/or shared it. In any case, let’s get on with today’s post! So, if you read my post about my grandfather, you would know that he is quite the outdoorsman. As a result of his teachings as well as my experience in the Boy Scouts, I’ve picked up more than a few tricks of the trade when it comes to going out on the trail. While I may not be as much of master trailblazer like Grandpa or my even my own father, I still believe I’ve gathered enough knowledge, either from Grandpa or the Boy Scouts, to share with you young gents reading this post. So today, I’m going to share four (4) helpful tips to make your next hiking trip a little easier and more enjoyable.

1. Plan out your route ahead of time

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Every summer, my Boy Scout troop would go on a week-long, 50-mile hike in the High Sierra Mountains. It should be no surprise that such a venture required a meticulous amount of planning, including meal plans and, of course, planning our route. Grandpa, with the help of a few other guys in my family like my dad and my uncles, would scour over countless maps to figure out the best routes that could easily be completed in a week and had campsites near water sources. As a result of such planning, we have almost always been able to complete our hikes on time. But this should really go without saying. Planning out where you want to go will help figure out how many days you might be out, if you’ll be near any water sources, the kind of terrain you’ll be coming across, and if there are any viable camping areas along the trail. This will in turn help you figure out how much food and water to bring, and whether or not you’ll need overnight equipment like a tent or sleeping bag. So make sure to use a map, and figure out where you want to go before you even head out to the trailhead.

2. Pack the essentials first

When you’re planning for a hike, you should keep in mind the most important things: preventing blisters on your feet, staying hydrated, staying warm, and simply just trying to survive, especially if you’re planning to stay overnight in the wilderness. Because of this, you should keep in mind what equipment you should pack that helps you accomplish that. As such, the most important things to put in your pack are small, energy-packed foods that can easily fit in a small bag, (if you’re on a day hike, that is) and enough water to keep you hydrated for a few hours. And of course, in order to prevent blisters or other damage to your feet, make sure you are wearing proper walking/hiking shoes or boots that are just the right size. If your shoes are too tight, you potentially cause ingrown toenails, which can be an incredible pain if you’ve ever had to deal with them, but if your shoes are too loose, the friction from the constant rubbing of your feet in your boots can cause blisters, which can lead to infections if not taken care of. If you’re staying overnight, you’ll want to pack things to keep you warm. Jackets and/or sweaters are always good things to have, and a well-kept sleeping bag in good condition will obviously keep you warm and help you sleep better. And of course, a tent and a ground pad are also good things to take, so you can sleep as comfortably as you can. A decently-stocked first aid kit wouldn’t go amiss either. Just in case you get a blister, it’s always good to have some moleskin on hand to treat blisters, and some bandages and antibacterial to help dress cuts and other small injuries will also be extremely helpful. And these are just the most essential things. Now there may be other places that, by law, may require you to take some other things with you, so I would recommend doing a bit of research into wherever you plan on going, so you can be absolutely sure what you need to take with you.

3. Pack a little extra food

I know this may sound ridiculous, but just keep reading. Now, you hopefully will have figured out where you’re planning to go, and how long you’ll be on the trail for, but whether you’ll be out for three (3) hours or three (3) days, it’s always a good idea to pack a little extra food and water, usually about a day’s worth. The reason being that you may have miscalculated how long you would be out on the trail for, and need to camp out an extra day. Or in extreme cases, you might get lost, and need to take an extra day to either get rescued or find your way back onto the original route. In either case, it’s just always a good idea to have these extra rations on hand as a means to survive. Also, here’s a bonus tip. If you find yourself lost and need to camp out an extra day, find a nearby water source. It’s always a good idea to have as much water as you need close at hand as well as food.

4. Whenever possible, use the buddy system

Now, I’m willing to give Grandpa a pass on this one. He used to go on hikes on his own all the time, but because he’s been hiking and hunting for longer than I’ve been alive, he probably knows his way around the High Sierras better than I do my own house. But I’m  getting off-topic. If there’s one thing I can say I took away from the Boy Scouts without a doubt, it would be the buddy system. Always have a person to travel with, so you two can keep an eye each other. Better yet, if you can, travel with a group.  Not only will it make your hike more of a social experience and therefore more enjoyable, but in the event one of you gets lost, it’ll simply help them get found and rescued more quickly. On top of this, you can share food and water this way. If you run out of water on the trail before you reach your next water source, you can simply ask one of your buddies to share with you is they have any extra. In short, it’s just always a better idea to hike with a friend or even a group of friends if you can.

So there it is! Four (4) tips to help make your next hike a bit easier and more enjoyable. If you gents follow these simple tips, maybe one day you’ll be able to climb to the top of Mount Whitney like I did!

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This was me at the top of Mt. Whitney the summer before my freshman year of high school

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