Articles Tagged: Manhattan

Manhattan Cocktail

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The Manhattan cocktail may be the best know whiskey cocktail. Of course, the aren’t forgetting the Old Fashioned, OK maybe it is a tie. Although it’s origins are in dispute (like most cocktails), the Manhattan cocktail originated in Manhattan (Surprise!) sometime during the 1870’s.

Served up or on the rocks, a basic Manhattan cocktail consists of Bourbon or Rye, purists insist on Rye, sweet vermouth and Angostura bitters. Unless asked for it a proper Manhattan … Read more

DIY Cocktail Kits – Holiday Gift Idea

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Gift baskets can be a fun way to give the gift of cocktails this holiday season. The idea is simple: Pick a cocktail your recipient will love, then get the ingredients and package them in a gift box or basket … along with copy of DIY Cocktails, of course.

The level of DIY-ness is up to you. You can create your own recipe and print it on a decorative card, include a bottle of your … Read more

Mezcal Manhattan

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This drink is a twist on the classic Manhattan cocktail. As you probably guessed its made with Mezcal replacing the Bourbon or Rye. In this case I used Scorpion Reposado that is aged in oak casks for 6 months which gives it a smokey flavor but, also nice warm wood tones as well.

Celebrate National Cognac Day

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It might be hard to believe today, but cognac was as popular through the end of the 19th century as vodka is today! In fact, cognac was the original “must have” spirit and it was hard for cognac producers to meet demand. In the 17th century, the Dutch ruled the oceans and went from country to country trading wares. The Dutch realized that the wine they traded frequently spoiled on the voyage but the brandewijn, … Read more

Titanic – A Night to Remember

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of that unsinkable ship – the Titanic.  Prior to it’s sinking, it was certainly a good time with lots of food and plenty of booze consumed.  The menus from the first and second class dining rooms are nothing but impressive.  I can only imagine what drinks accompanied them.  Folks back then knew how to throw them back.  Poking around on the internet, I found that the … Read more

Super Bowl Cocktail Throwdown – New York vs. New England

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Super Bowl XLVI will be here in two short days. It’s going to be a re-match of the two teams that slugged it out in the 2008 Super Bowl. During that epic game, the upstart New York Giants surprised the nation with a win over the New England Patriots, who dominated professional football during the first decade of the 21st Century with four trips to the Super Bowl between 2002 and 2008.

In our Cocktail … Read more

Lucky’s Manhattan

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Inspired by HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and the Lucky Luciano character played by Vincent Piazza. The cocktail combines Basil Hayden’s warm and spicy Super-Premium bourbon with sweet maple syrup and a cherry for a wonderful libation to enjoy during the show!

Ingredients:
1½ parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
½ part sweet vermouth
½ part dry vermouth
½ part maple syrup
2 dashes of bitters

Directions:
Stir together the bourbon, vermouths, maple syrup and bitters over ice in … Read more

Night on the Town

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Inspired by Cynar, I concocted this after-dinner variation on the Manhattan cocktail.

Cynar is a bitter liqueur made from artichokes and herbs, so this has a little bit of a vegetal flavor you don’t normally find in a Manhattan. It’s a digestif, meaning you drink it after a meal.

Don’t let the artichoke thing scare you! Cynar is a complex bitter that really adds some oomph to your drink. I imagine drinking it after a … Read more

Manhattans: Stirred Not Shaken

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The Manhattan is one of my favorite cocktails, yet some bars make me sad by shaking this drink instead of stirring it. Overall, a good rule of thumb to follow is that if a drink consists of all alcoholic mixers (as this one does), then stirring is sufficient to mix the drink. As Robert Hess points out in this instructional video, it also makes for a much more visually appealing cocktail. Check out this video … Read more

How to Make Cherry Bitters

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If you love a good Manhattan like we do, make your next one with your own homemade bitters.

With only a dash or two, bitters add complexity and balance to your cocktail.

This simple recipe is made with everyday ingredients you can find at the grocery store. Just a pinch of each ingredient goes a long way, so you can make larger batches and bottle them as gifts.

Ingredients

1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
¼ … Read more

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