I'll Take Manhattan

Like all good cocktails, the Manhattan has a je ne sais quoi, an insouciance, a devil-may-care attitude about it. (It really was a great pick as the Mad Men cocktail.) It is also infinitely variable.

The traditional recipe is:

1 oz Rye or Canadian
2 oz sweet red vermouth
a couple of dashes of Angostura
garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Alas the maraschino cherry in America, outside of NYC and Joisey is not the animal of the hinterland. I therefore avoid it, unless I can get the real Italian maraschino, which is more flavourful, less sweet and has a poignant bitter finish.

I also tend to make mine with closer to the whiskey lover version 1:1 whisky to vermouth.

Note that Alberta Premium is a pure, 100 per cent rye. No barley, no corn, no wheat, no artificial additives of any sort. And if you’re my kind of drinker, you’ll use the 30 year old to make the drink.

There’s nothing like a real mixed drink made with the best ingredients.

Lately I’m a convert to Stock red vermouth.

Spicing it Up

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Amaretto and Liqueurs

So what’s the best brand of Amaretto? This is now a tough question. Forty years ago it was a no-brainer, Disaronno Originale. These days the question is a little more complicated. in general making good liqueurs comes down to the ingredients. The best liqueurs, like Chambord and Disaronno use several tons of fruits and nuts… Continue reading Amaretto and Liqueurs

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Riedel: The Victoria’s Secret of Glassware

Modern stemware is the equivalent of a pushup bra. Well nothing wrong with that. Few of us when faced with the bare truth are so disenchanted we turn on Leno instead. The point of a pushup bra is to accentuate the positive and without a doubt the modern stem does this. I think Riedel’s insight… Continue reading Riedel: The Victoria’s Secret of Glassware