I wanted to share my all time favorite drink recipe as my first post to my new blog.
I consider myself a bit of a bourbon connoisseur, a lover of good bourbon; and most of the time I drink my bourbon straight with just an ice cube or two. Once in a great while I will have a mixed drink, not often, but when I do, my favorite is the Manhattan and I have a very special recipe for the best Manhattan you will ever have.
My wife and I entertain often, we have our regulars that are at every party we throw, and the most requested drink at these events is my special Manhattan, everyone loves this drink.
I only use Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye, Antica Formula Vermouth, Luxardo Liquor, Luxardo Maraschino Cherries and Angostura Bitters in my recipe. I have made this with Bullet Rye with good results but the Basil Hayden’s is by far the voted best.
So, without further ado… Here’s the recipe:
In a tall mixing glass combine…
2 ounces Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye Whiskey.
1 Ounce Antica Vermouth.
2 drops of Angostura Bitters.
2 teaspoons Luxardo Maraschino Cherry Juice, right from the jar of cherries.
Stir gently until the heavy cherry juice is dissolved.
Pour into your favorite 8 to 10 oz tumbler full of ice.
Now for the secrete sauce; Holding my mixing spoon bottom side up over the glass, I pour 1 tablespoon of Luxardo liquor over the spoon to lay it on the top of the drink.
Garnish with 2 speared Luxardo Maraschino Cherries.
For most of our parties I will mix up a batch beforehand to cut down on the serving time, my friends hate it when they have to wait if I make one drink at a time. I mix the bourbon, vermouth, Bitters and cherry juice, in the proper amounts, in a larger picture, stir it all together to incorporate all the ingredients, then just do the liquor pour-over and the cherry garnish as I pour each individual drink.
I look forward to any comments on what your opinion is of this wonderful Manhattan.