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The End of an Error

Repeal of Prohibition NYT

May I suggest a Perfect Manhattan?

1 1/2 oz whisky (Canadian Club was the preferred)
1/4 oz. dry Vermouth
1/4 oz Vermouth rosso
dashes of Angostura bitters
stemmed cherry
opt: twist of orange

Despite what Nick Charles would have you believe, don’t shake this to a foxtrot, instead stir in a mixing glass filled with ice cubes. Serve neat in a chille cocktail glass garnished with the cherry. Some say this was invented at the Manhattan Club in 1874 for Lady Randolph Churchill who was having a party for politician Samuel J. Tilden.

7 thoughts on “The End of an Error

  1. At first I thought your post title said “End of a Horror.” Quite the same thing, no? Drinks are on the house!

  2. I love a Manhattan!

    My version is as follows (to each his own eh?)

    2 oz. of your favorite bourbon whiskey
    1/4 oz. vermouth rosso
    1/4 oz. maraschino cherry juice
    stemmed cherry

    swirl this in ice ten times and pour into a stemmed glass

    Cheers my friend.

    Mrs Lens and I are off to a Christmas (house) party tonight. She will be decked out in St. Patrick’s blue. My rig will be mini-hounds tooth wool slacks (RL), black cashmere jacket (RL), light blue plaid patterned OCBD (RL), black knit tie (J. Press), yellow cashmere sweater-vest (RL), black tasseled slip-ons (Cole Haan). The shirt/vest/tie I’m stealing from a Jimmy Stewart photo.

  3. Excellent post. That is a fine morsel as to the provenance of the Manhattan. I prefer mine with Maker’s Mark and the orange twist. Keep in mind the importance of spirits in the founding of the U.S. and civilization at-large. Exercise your right! http://bit.ly/4IDn2D

  4. While old friends Tom and Betsy Bulleit (Lexington Kentucky) are distilling some mighty fine bourbon these days, one must test Knob Creek Bourbon for a truly smooth ride; but on the rocks please.

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