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
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.