Champagne seems to get all the credit this time of year, and rightfully so. But this year we wanted to offer up a possible alternative, the Manhattan. It’s a classic cocktail made with whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters.
There’s a long list of variations on this recipe, but in an effort to adhere to our somewhat regal brand image, we thought we’d offer up a recipe for the most traditional version.
So, raise a glass gentlemen to a fantastic year and here’s looking forward to 2015!
- 2 parts rye whiskey
- 1 part sweet vermouth
- A dash of Angostura bitters
- Ice & a mixing glass
- Cocktail glass
Step 1: Chill the glass
Either put some ice in it for a few minutes or (Ryan’s favorite) wet the glass with water, shake out the excess and place in the freezer for 5 minutes. The latter should provide you a nice frost on the glass.
Step 2: Combine ingredients
Combine the rye whiskey and sweet vermouth into a mixing glass. Now add a few dashes of bitters to your liking. Add some orange peel if you want some citrus influence. Add some ice.
Step 3: Mix
Mix ingredients thoroughly until condensation appears on the inside of the mixing glass. Stir, don’t shake.
Step 4: Pour
Strain the ice either with the cocktail shaker (if this was your mixing glass) or by using a strainer.
Step 5: Garnish
For the same reason we add pick stitching to our suits, you need to garnish your Manhattan. Otherwise, it’s just boring!
Add a maraschino cherry and you have yourself a classic Manhattan.
And that’s all there is to it!
In case you still want some champagne options, here’s a great article on a range of affordable and tasty options.
Happy New Year everyone, we’ll see you again in 2015!
By Ryan Wagner
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