Friday, February 25, 2005

The Friday Cocktail

For the first of what I plan to be a weekly series, we start with the classic Manhattan

Example

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!

1 comment:

Mike said...

Nice choice Don, this is a classic. I just ran out of Vya too. The party source is supposed to have some more in. I'll send you a bottle if they restock. I have been ordering my manhattans with Baker's lately. It has a fuller flavor (the Maker's was getting TOO smooth and hence going down TOO easy!). At home, I've been making economanhattans with Jim Beam Rye and canadian whiskey. Cheers!