Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Squid Mixes: Vermouth Cocktail
Speaking of Manhattans, my quest for good ones continues. One matter I have resolved to my own satisfaction: rye vs. bourbon. On New Year's Eve, my wife and I both ordered Manhattans, both with Bulleit whiskey. Hers was rye, mine bourbon. A comparison within the same brand seemed a reasonable test. The rye was definitely better. The bourbon was fine but the rye's sharpness added character.
The cherry matters, too - at least as a key to the drink's appeal. More recently, we went to Monarch and the Milkweed for drinks before a symphony concert. I ordered a Manhattan, she a Sazerac. She was quite disappointed hers didn't come with a cherry - totally tried to Bogart mine!