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#TBT HFL Presents: Tips From The Professional Wingman

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Editor’s Note: Here at HFL we are expanding our platform to truly invoke our mantra and provide new ways to do well, live well, and dress really well. And for most of our male readers, we all know good living comes down to one primary element – Women. Despite the Tinder hookup explosion of late, we’re going to bat for the Classic Man who isn’t afraid to approach and properly engage a lady as a true gentleman. You’ve got the threads, now we’re proud to introduce a regular series to help put them to use.

Professional Wingman

Allow me this time to introduce myself. My name is Thomas Edwards. I am The Professional Wingman. My job is pretty simple: to help men find long-term relationships by accompanying them to social venues, helping them not only talk to women — without freaking out the whole time — but also to live a lifestyle that makes them love these guys.

For nearly 7 years, I’ve been the guy guys will fly around the country to help them when they’ve felt the most helpless in dating and confidence. As a result, they hire me to introduce them to the most beautiful and interesting women in the world. Needless to say, my job doesn’t suck.

Isn’t it great hearing parents try to explain what you do? My dad – “My son drinks for a living.” My mum tries to have my back and corrects him where she can like “No, he just goes out for a living; he’s the Wingman.” I love my parents.

HFL has brought me into the mix to educate you not only on how to live a more amazing lifestyle, but to also leverage it for the best dating life. Not just through my eyes, but some of the most interesting people I’ve met around the country.

One thing I’ve noticed in my experience that needs to be addressed is men’s astounding inability to order and make basic cocktails.

Women pay a lot of attention to what a man orders –– it’s a great way for them to start a conversation and get a sense of what type of guy you are. But trust me, you won’t get anywhere with a quality woman if the only two drink words you know are “vodka” and “soda.”

On top of that, if you host a get together or have a special someone at your place, your reputation will be ruined if what you know how to make should only be placed in a plastic solo cup.

So without further ado, I introduce to you the 8 cocktails essential to every man’s collection. If you’re at least 30 years old, there’s no reason to not know about these drinks and their recipes. The more you’re prepared, I can assure you, the more success you’ll have on your nights out — or in.

And to step up your cocktail game to the HFL level, I’m going to add a unique touch to each drink that will promise to capture the eye and impress any unsuspecting onlooker.


Main alcohol: Tequila

Ingredients: 2 oz Tequila, 1 oz Lime juice, 1 oz Cointreau

How to prepare: Rub the rim of the glass with the lime slice to make the salt stick to it. Shake the other ingredients with ice, then carefully strain into the glass (don’t mess up the salt). Garnish with a lime and serve over ice.

How it’s served: On the rocks

Drinkware: Margarita glass

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HFL Twist: Shake the ingredients with slushed ice, pour into the Margarita glass, smack mint leaves in your hands to release the scent and garnish in the ice.

This is the standard tequila-based drink that most women love. While you might think tequila is only associated with forgettable college nights over shots, tequila is an exceptional liquor, with some of the best ones claiming not to induce hangovers.

Perfect for the summer time, it’s hard for any woman to resist one. It says: You like having fun.


Main alcohol: Rum

Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz White rum, 6 leaves of Mint, Soda Water, 1 oz Fresh lime juice, 2 teaspoons Sugar

Preparation: Place mint sprigs at the bottom of the glass and muddle with sugar and lime juice. Add white rum and top with soda water. Garnish with mint sprigs. Serve with a straw.

Served: On the rocks

Drinkware: Collins glass


HFL Twist: Make it a Strawberry Mojito and add strawberries into the glass to muddle. For a fresher taste, use grapes instead.

Once again, another nice summer drink to enjoy. Not only does the rum give it an added “sweetness,” but the presentation of the drink with the mint will make any woman turn her head. It says: Today was a good day for you.

Not really into these? Want something a little more “manly”? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.

Moscow Mule

Main alcohol: Vodka

Ingredients: 4 oz Ginger beer, 1 1/2 oz Vodka, 1/6 oz Lime juice

Preparation: Combine vodka and ginger beer in a copper mug or highball glass filled with ice. Add lime juice. Stir gently and garnish with a lime slice or with mint.

Served: On the rocks

Drinkware: Highball glass or copper mug (bonus points)

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HFL Twist: Add 2 oz. of orange juice and garnish with an orange slice to make it an Orange Moscow Mule.

For many guys I know, this is the go to classic summer drink when a Gin and Tonic just isn’t enough. The vodka keeps it light and allows you have many over the course of a night.

Any place that is known for their Moscow Mules is one where you should order one. They’ll do it right and likely serve it in a copper mug to make sure the ice melts a lot slower, allowing you to take your time to enjoy it.

The mug alone will make women wonder what it is since it often needs its own glass. I also would suggest purchasing your own copper mugs once you’re able to make it well on your own. It says: It’s rooftop season and you plan on taking it all in.


Main alcohol: Whisky

Ingredients: Maraschino cherry (Garnish), 1 dash Angostura bitters, 2 oz Rye or Canadian whisky, 3/4 oz Sweet red vermouth

Preparation: Stir over ice, strain into a chilled glass, garnish with a cherry, and serve straight up.

Served: Straight up

Drinkware: Cocktail glass

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HFL Twist: Drop the bitters. Leave the cherry and orange and use a twist of lime. Light a match, hold the lime twist over the drink, and then drop it in. The heat will make the lime flavor explode.

With more women getting themselves into whisky, it’ll be one of the easier drinks to make and get women asking you about it. It has always been one of the best after-work drinks a guy can have. It says: You’re ready to decompress after a long day in the office.

Old Fashioned

Main alcohol: Whisky

Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz Bourbon or Rye whiskey, 2 dashes Angostura bitters, 1 Sugar cube

Preparation: Place sugar cube in old fashioned glass and saturate with bitters, add a dash of plain water. Muddle sugar cube until dissolved. Fill the glass with ice cubes and add whiskey. Garnish with orange slice, and a cocktail cherry.

Served: On the rocks

Drinkware: Old Fashioned glass


HFL Twist: Take a cocktail shaker, muddle the sugar cube with the dash of water, add whiskey and 2 oz. double-shot of espresso, and stir in the shaker until it starts to froth. Then strain into the glass and finish the process.

This is my personal whisky go-to. It’s one of the simplest, most well-balanced drinks you can make and order. I haven’t seen many women order this drink at bars for themselves, but if you’re interested in getting someone into whisky, this is the perfect drink to offer a sip of and start the conversation. It says: You like a classic that requires a little work to go into it.


Main alcohol: Gin, Vermouth, Campari

Ingredients: 1 oz Gin, 1 oz Campari, 1 oz Sweet red Vermouth

Preparation: Stir into glass over ice, garnish with an orange peel and serve.

Served: On the rocks

Drinkware: Old Fashioned glass (short tumbler)

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HFL Twist: Substitute the gin for bourbon whiskey and you have an entirely new drink called The Boulevardier.

This is the most underrated drink on this list. Not everyone will have a gin persona but if they are, this will be the drink that turns them. Not only does it look good but it tastes even better. And many people don’t know a gin drink can be made with anything other than tonic water. It says: You’re an explorer and are willing to try new, interesting things.

Martini (The Original)

Main alcohol: Gin

Ingredients: 1/2 oz Dry vermouth, 3 oz Gin

Preparation: Pour ingredients into mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain in chilled martini cocktail glass. Squeeze oil from lemon peel onto the drink, or garnish with an olive.

Served: Straight (yes) or on the rocks (meh)

Drinkware: Cocktail glass

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HFL Twist: Take the martini back to 1942 by removing the gin, adding tequila and a dash of orange bitters.

The James Bond special. But please, don’t mention Bond, or try to order it the way he did in Casino Royale –– bartenders will make fun of you. What’s amazing about this drink is its simplicity and strength. You really could down these all day and go back for more. One of the all-time classics, with some practice, you could become the one who can make “a pretty mean martini.” It says: You enjoy the simpler, finer things in life.

Bloody Mary

Main alcohol: Vodka

Ingredients: Worcestershire Sauce, Pepper, 1/2 oz lemon juice, 1 1/2 oz vodka, 3 oz tomato juice, salt, Tabasco

Preparation: Add dashes of Worcestershire Sauce, Tabasco, salt and pepper into highball glass, then pour all ingredients into the glass with ice cubes. Stir gently. Garnish with celery stalk and lemon wedge (optional).

Served: On the rocks

Drinkware: Highball glass


HFL Twist: Garnish with a slice of crispy bacon and shrimp to add appeal and surf and turf protein.

The liquid brunch diet. Personally, I’m not a fan of the bloody, but you can’t argue the refreshing taste and sense of healthy drinking that comes with it. But let’s be honest, after 3 of these, there’s nothing healthy about it. But it’s delicious and many women love having them over Sunday brunch. It says: It’s brunch and I don’t want to go hard… At least just yet.


Nail down these 8 simple classic cocktails and making them will be just as easy as ordering them.. Yes, all bartenders should know how to make these so don’t worry if you think some of these seem “special.”

In fact, the only thing that will be special is the woman who likes your taste and shares her next round with you.

Cheers and drink responsibly

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