After a hellofa week, we think it’s time to grab a bottle of tequila and start celebrating the fact that we did it ~ we survived the week. Even though shots of tequila are the fastest means to an end, we love all the citrus available this time of year so why not slow it down a little and enjoy the evening? This little wonder will have you slowin’ down and heating up at the same time. The combination of fresh grapefruit and tequila – enhanced by sweet vermouth – will set your weekend off on the right track.
What is it about a Manhattan? Is it that they have a Sinatra-era sexiness to them? Is it the retro feeling? There seems to be something sleek, fashionable and powerful about a Manhattan and ordering one always feels just a little…dangerous. “I’ll have a Man-ha-tan please”. We think you have to say it all smooth and throaty to order it right (channel your inner Marilyn M.). History on the drink claims it was made for Lady Randolph Churchill, Winston Churchill’s mother, then later popularized at the Manhattan Club in New York in the 1870’s.
The Manhattan is still regarded as one of the greatest cocktails created. It’s as strong and enjoyable as a properly made martini, and like a martini, it’s made with 2 simple ingredients. Here at G+LaR we grew up with a slight variation on the original drink: we add just a small splash of the juice from the cherry jar. After consulting numerous talented bartenders, they all agreed that adding the juice (just a small splash!) was key, especially for “Manhattan Rookies” and those looking to expand their drink tasting menu.
So put some old Rat Pack Lounge tunes vinyl on your turntable and try a Manhattan. It’s time.
Classic and smooth ~ The Manhattan
TOOLS :: Mixing glass, bar spoon, strainer and ice GLASS :: Martini EXTRAS :: Maraschino cherries (in their juice) SERVINGS :: 1 cocktail
2 oz. Bourbon (or you can use your favorite Whiskey)
1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
½ teaspoon of Maraschino cherry juice from the jar
2-3 dashes of Angostura Bitters
HOW TO MAKE IT ::
Combine first three ingredients with ice in a mixing glass and stir with bar spoon.
Squirt Bitters into your Martini glass. Swirl the bitters around to coat the inside of the glass. Don’t go all the way to the top of the glass – just hit the bottom 2/3rds.
Using your metal cocktail strainer, strain Manhattan into the Bitters-coated glass.