For the past few years I’ve been trying to master classic cocktails. My first love and real foray into the cocktail world was The Old Fashioned. While it took me years to finally settle on a recipe that I felt was delicious, I learned a ton about spirits and mixology. With confidence from that experience I’ve branched out to other liquors and have enjoyed making a wide range of cocktails. Martini anyone?
However, like any true enthusiast, I find myself coming back to bourbon based cocktails. And what could be more iconic than a Manhattan?
4 oz Bourbon
2 oz Sweet Vermouth
Maraschino Cherry Juice to taste (about half a teaspoon) – Luxardo Gourmet Maraschino Cherries
To mix you’ll need a high ball glass or a mixing glass of your choice. Additionally, you’ll want a martini glass to serve the drink in, this glass should be filled with ice and chilling while you are mixing your cocktail. Add your ingredients to the highball glass and give a few stirs. At this point I like to taste my drink to make sure the flavor is right. If needed I’ll add a little more of the maraschino juice or bourbon, depending on sweetness of the drink. Once things are just right, you’ll add the ice from your martini glass to the highball and stir until chilled. Then strain into your chilled martini glass, garnish with a few cherries and enjoy.