The Classic Manhattan

This drink is my holiday go to. Sit by the fire, feet up after eating more than you fair share of leftovers, watching die hard after everyone else has gone to bed.

The gifts are all opened; the shopping, the life updates to the extended relatives you see once a year are done.

   It’s a drink with a lot of history dating back prior to prohibition. Also its an easy to make and remember cocktail that's got some real cajone’s. This is not a frilly drink. No way my friends 2 to 1 of booze, more booze, and bitter concentrated booze.

 Bar Setup with luxardo maraschino cherries, a stirrer, Bulleit Bourbon Rye and carpano antica formula

Here's the recipe



  • Luxardo Cherries or Fabbri Amarena

  • 2 oz) Bulleit Bourbon

  • 1 oz) Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth or     Sweet Vermouth 

  • 3)     Dashes Peychaud's Bitters

To Prepare:

  1. Fill glass or shaker with ice

  2. Add Bourbon and Vermouth

  3. Couple splashes of Bitters

  4. Drizzle some luxardo syrup and stir for a good minute

  5. Strain into a chilled martini or rocks glass.

  6. And add a cherry or two

  7. Garnish with a lemon twist

Classic Manhattan Cockatil with a luxardo cherry

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