For the first of what I plan to be a weekly series, we start with the classic Manhattan
Fill and old fashioned glass with ice
Dash or three of Angostura Bitters
2 ounces high quality bourbon - Maker's Mark or Knob Creek are my standards
1/2 ounce sweet vermouth - If you can at all find Vya vermouth it will be worth the cost. After Mike gave me a bottle once, I couldn't drink a regular Manhattan for months after I ran out.
cherry for garnish
Most recipe books serve this strained in a cocktail glass, but I like to let the ice mellow it out a little. Next time I find some Vya vermouth I might try the strained cocktail version.
Enjoy the weekend!