When we hear “instant cocktails,” we think of lousy margarita mixes, Skinny Girl Cocktails, and most definitely, hangovers.
But last Friday night, I was at our friends’ house, they made (or rather, poured) me a Manhattan, straight out of a bottle. It’s from a Utah-based distillery, and it’s called High West Distillery 36th Vote Barreled Manhattan.
What they do is mix the rye whiskey, vermouth, and bitters, and then age that mixture for 90 days. Now, I love a Manhattan, so I think I’ve learned when one is good, and I have to say, this was fantastic.
Caveat: There might be a reason that Manhattans shouldn’t be so easy, which we discovered the following day when we woke up a little foggy. You might want to make sure you serve it, as shown in the top photo, where you use a shaker and actually have to go through efforts to make another one. Our friend served them over ice, which meant that they were poured like wine.
A quick way to pour you your own glass of Manhattan cocktail:
- 1 ounce (1 part) of bourbon or rye
- 1 ounce (1 part) of sweet vermouth
- 3 dashes of angostura bitters or any other bitters of your choice
- 1 dash of orange bitters
- Some ice
- Brandied cherry for garnish
Mix the bourbon (or rye), sweet vermouth, and both the dashes of angostura and orange bitters in a cocktail mixer with ice in it. Strain the mixture into your glass and add the cherry for garnish. An alternative to the orange bitters is to rub orange peels on the rim of your glass instead of mixing them with the other ingredients.
Serve when you’re alone with your thoughts or having a lovely time with friends.
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