The Manhattan


Why You Should be Barrel Aging at Home

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Barrel aging at home is fairly simple, not ridiculously expensive and seriously worth doing.  The in’s and out’s of getting started are covered in our Barrel Aged Cocktails page.   While simply barrel aging cocktails is reason enough to get started, the real magic occurs when you age something in a…

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MxMo Manhattan

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We have two offerings for this Month’s Mixology Monday, “I’ll take Manhattan!”  This one, from our fearless MxMo leader, Frederic of the CocktailVirgin blog, challenges us to revisit the classic cocktail. Our first submission is the Manhattan 2.0 – a “Modern” version of the Manhattan with the added nuance of…

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Manhattan 2.0

Manhattan 2.0
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For the the bourbon in this cocktail, we tried Basil Hayden and Belle Mead.  Both were excellent.  The bourbon brings flavors of maple, tobacco, smoke and vanilla.  This blends well with the rich, earthy Carpano Antica’s tastes of herbs, spice and slight bitterness.  Tasting this without knowing the ingredients, one…

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In Search of the Perfectly Balanced Manhattan

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This came out of my recent exploration of the venerable Manhattan.  The combination of whiskey and vermouth has not been my personal favorite.  A few weeks ago, we attended a dinner where the chef paired each course with a specific libation.  He included an excellent  Manhattan with a small batch…

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Gary’s Redo Classic Manhattan

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I don’t particularly dislike Manhattans, but vermouth with bourbon or rye have never been my favorite.  While I was playing with Lillet, I thought I’d try it in a Manhattan.  Well, here it is: 2 ozs. Good aged bourbon such as Basil Hayden 1 oz. Lillet Rouge 1 dash Regans…

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