I have a bit of guilt this Holiday Season for not posting any recipes for cookies, sweets or family traditional dishes. But heck, I’ve decided to post the most important recipe to me. Yes, it’s an alcoholic drink, And yes, I need this to get through it all. After a day of shopping, a Manhattan cocktail makes you forget all the money you’ve spent. After a day of body breaking gift wrapping, a Manhattan will relax your muscles. After a day of baking, there’s nothing better. Especially after a day of decorating, it is just lovely to sit down and savor this drink, while enjoying how beautiful and festive your house looks. Ahh…….
Now why does one need a recipe for such a simple beverage? Traditionally, it’s two to three parts rye to one part sweet vermouth, and add a cherry. Well, as with most things, as time goes by, we feel the need to improve on something that really doesn’t need improvement, but what the heck, we try. And so it goes…..
So now days a Manhattan cocktail is sometimes made with rye and sometimes bourbon, which is very in vogue and therefore used for this drink. As for the vermouth, you can go crazy with all the choices. Vermouth has undergone quite a transformation in recent years. There are so many brands and styles of vermouth, that I honestly am just using “trial and error” to see what is my favorite. As you will see from the pictures posted, I’ve been experimenting with two different types. One is slightly bitter, and the other has a smoky sweetness. I’m enjoying them both. But truth be told, I also like my much cheaper “Martini and Rossi ,” or any of the “regular” vermouths, which have been popular for many decades. Bitters also range from simple to fancy brands. Who can keep up??
One key ingredient, however, is the maraschino cherries. I like a good brand, as the juice of the cherry is very important to me.
I’m not pushing alcohol, but if you need a little stress relief or just want to enjoy a cozy evening at home, sipping a delightfully warming beverage, this is for you.
Wishing you all a very wonderful and cozy holiday season. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
Recipe: 1 drink
3 ounces rye whiskey or bourbon
1 ounce sweet vermouth
2 dashes Angustura bitters
1 maraschino cherry….sometimes I like 2
- Fill a cocktail shaker (or you can use a mixing glass) with 1 cup of ice.
- Add the rye or bourbon, vermouth, and bitters. Shake or stir well.
- Put the cherry with some syrup in the bottom of the glass.
- Pour, sit, sip and breath……..
Rye, sweet vermouth, no bitters for me, but a drop of Campari instead is bliss!
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