The typical Manhattan calls for rye whiskey and sweet vermouth. Here are two twists on the original:
3/4 oz sweet vermouth
2 1/2 oz good bourbon whiskey (I’d go with Maker’s Mark)
1 dash bitters
1 maraschino cherry
1 twist orange peel
Pour the booze and bitters over the rocks and stir gently. Add the Cherry; twist the orange into the drink and ditch the peel. A little sweeter and smoother than the traditional drink.
Southern Comfort Manhattan
1 1/2 oz. Southern Comfort
1/2 oz dry vermouth
Stir with cracked ice, strain into a glass (also good on the rocks). Drop in the cherry and you’re good to go with a ’60s style cocktail that will make the southern belles melt.
Either of these splashes would be a great accompaniment to the sultry tunes presented in our previous post.
-Tiki Chris reporting from the Tiki Bar