The Manhattan cocktail is a classic recipe. It has just three ingredients; American Whiskey (I prefer a Rye, but Bourbon works too), Sweet Vermouth, and Bitters. That is hardly a complicated list to remember. If you work in a bar in a Vegas casino you should know how to make a drink, or have a cheat sheet to hand. On Saturday night, I had to ask the bartender to add Bitters to the shaker.

I can accept a barman shaking the drink; although it should be stirred. Although most recipes call for a 2:1 or 5:2 ratio of Whiskey to Vermouth, I have grown to acknowledge that most bars make it with more emphasis on the spirit – a habit I guess has been learnt from the way in which Dry Martinis are made. My tolerance does not stretch to omitting the Angostura Bitters.

I am glad I was watching as the drink was prepared, to catch the omission in time for correction.

Published in: on 18 February, 2014 at 7:00  Leave a Comment  

The URI to TrackBack this entry is:

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: