Taking my medicine

No pictures today because I’m mixing medicine for a sore throat. Lucky for me, it tastes just like a sweet Manhattan and acts as a great anesthetic. 

  • 2 oz Masterson’s 10 Year Rye (just got this and love the flavor: it’s a more bourbon-y rye, leading with sweet and finishing with spicy)
  • 1 oz Graham’s Six Grapes Tawny Port
  • 2 dashes Bittermens Burlesque Bitters

Bonus points for a gorgeous deep ruby color. This can’t help but cure what ails me. 

Manhattan Monday

Home again, home again!

I’ve been out traveling and then sick, so it’s good to be back home and in front of my own bar again. For today’s Manhattan Monday, I chose a pretty basic variation from Kindred Cocktails that turned out to be quite lovely.  As long as you give it plenty of stir time (dilution), the Bénédictine doesn’t overpower the drink. The extra dash of orange bitters lends a lovely citrus flavor that really elevates the cocktail. Highly recommended.

Manhattan (Bénédictine) variation, Kindred Cocktails


Manhattan Monday

I’m starting a new feature since the Manhattan ratio is my favorite for trying new whiskeys, vermouths, and amari. And of course, on Mondays you need something easy and wonderful just as a reward for getting through the first day back at work.  Tonight, we’re starting with an awesome Black Manhattan variant with one of my favorite amari. Super simple and delicious. Although the Manhattan is usually served straight up, I love one large cube that allows for subtle variation through dilution over time. 

Black Manhattan , Amaro Lucano variant (personal)