Manhattan

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.

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

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