By Hairee Lee
The King of Cocktails?
It's certainly strong enough.
I loved this cocktail in no small part because of the cherry garnish and it's name, Manhattan. The bourbon we used, Bulleit Bourbon, is also top notch and gives the cocktail a deep, woodsy flavor that makes me imagine burnt oak barrels. I picked it up at Cambridge Wine & Spirits and our favorite wine consultant, Rod Lenzo, helped me find the bottle.
He was enthusiastic about my choice of bourbon. Turns out Bulleit Bourbon is a favorite of Rod's.
I'd never heard of it until this cocktail came under my radar, but I'm happy to have tried it. It's a great whiskey. And with a cocktail that so prominantly features a single liquor, it's absolutely imperative to choose the whiskey wisely.
"You have chosen wisely," said the Grail Knight to Indiana Jones in the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. "But beware: do not sip too quickly or be fooled by the marachino sweetness," said I.
The stemware chosen by Melissa for this cocktail reflect the kingly status, the Grail Kninghtly status even, of the cocktail with the beautifully crafted pewter stem of the Match Pewter Martini crystal glasses fit for enjoying this king of cocktails . . . on our throne.
We are amused.
Cocktail #4: Bulleit Manhattan Serves 1
- 1 ounce Bulleit Bourbon
- 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
- 1 teaspoon maraschino cherry juice
- maraschino cherry for garnish
- Shake with ice, strain, and garnish with maraschino cherry.
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Recipe adapted from Delish .
Photographs by Nate Brescia.