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Hi, I'm Molly.

Welcome to my food blog and try not to lick the screen. 

My favorite question to ask people is, "what is your death row meal?" Mine is pumpkin ravioli in a sage cream sauce from Girasole. Or pizza.  Or fancy tacos.

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The Perfect Manhattan

The Perfect Manhattan

I’ve perfected my recipe for a Manhattan cocktail and when I make it with good quality ingredients, it is the perfect balance of bitter, sweet, and booze.

When I drink a Manhattan I always find myself thinking about Don Draper and the Mad Men days, though I think he actually drank Old Fashioned cocktails.

Anyway, here is my recipe for the perfect Manhattan cocktail - Mad Men style but minus the sexism.

Ingredients and Instructions

  • 2 oz whiskey 

  • 1/2 oz sweet vermouth  

  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters

  • 2 dashes orange bitters (Fee Brothers is a great brand) 

  • 1 large ice cube

  • ice cubes

  • orange peel


 Put the regular sized ice cubes into a glass, or preferably copper mixer because it keeps it colder. Actually, if you have a Yeti, use that. Ain’t no melted ice cubes in a Yeti! Measure in the whiskey (or bourbon), sweet vermouth, and angostura bitters, and stir vigorously.

Place your large ice cube into your drinking glass, and add 2 dashes of orange bitters to the top of the ice cube.


Pour the booze mixture through a strainer and into your drinking glass. Take and orange peel and rub it around the rim of your glass, and them plop it into the drink.


Fun Fact: Fee Brothers bitters come in a variety of interesting flavors (cherry, mint, grapefruit, black walnut, etc.). I like to add a dash of these bitters to a glass of sparkling water for a really refreshing mocktail.

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