I made , what , a thousand (?) Manhattans before I made one for myself...

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  1. Censport

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    I usually only drink when I'm in Tokyo (trains and taxis make it safer/easier to get around), so I don't drink often, but I do enjoy a Manhattan when I can.

    Years ago, I was displaying a couple of cars (not mine) at the Concours d'Elegance in French Lick, Indiana. Mentioned to the bartender that evening that I was considering a Manhattan to go with my meal. She proudly said that her Manhattan recipe took first (or second, I can't remember) at a big competition. So I gave it a try. It was a little... fancy... for my taste. But don't you think I let a drop go to waste!

    I typically have mine with Gentleman Jack, but you guys have me curious to try it with Rittenhouse next chance I get.
     
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    What?! No maraschino cherry in a manhattan? That's heresy talk right there.

    Leaving the ice in? What is this world becoming but a bunch of heathens.

    Oh and please folks, stir not shaken and only with a glass stirring stick.

    I mean, if you are just going to mess up a great drink, stick to your shot of Jacks and chase it with a Bud Light.

    What the heck is this world coming to? Just throwing stuff together and sucking it down like a protein drink or something? People loosing their marbles all over the dang world. WTH, society is definitely losing it.:mad:

    :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:
     
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    My two favorite plain old mixed drinks: a Manhattan and a Martini. No fancy substitution needed.
     
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    Well, a Manhattan is just another mixed drink, we don't have to use anything top shelf for a good job. A local restaurant here uses single malt scotch in one of their Manhattan recipes they call the Godfather.That's kind of a waste of good scotch, I'd agree.
     
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    I love Manhattans and after decades of refining them to my taste have come up with this... For whisky, either Woodford Reserve Bourbon or Sazarac Rye for a drier version. Rittenhouse was my favorite Rye until I discovered Sazarac. Angostura Bitters. But the real game changer for me was discovering Punt e Mes vermouth. Dark, spicy, rich... A whole 'nother level of Vermouth. I believe it's a Carpano product. Probably not for everyone but I love it. Antica was my favorite Vermouth before this. And I drink them on the rocks...
     
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    Bitters & club soda is an effective home remedy for heartburn. Tasty, too.
     
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    Never could get into Manhattans.
    But I’ll take an extra dirty, not too dry, vodka martini any day or night
     
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    I occasionally drop a teaspoon of olive brine into mine. How much is "extra dirty"?
     
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    When I was tending bar my go-to hangover cure and get-started, hold-me-over-for-a-bit quaff for the "Pro" customers that liked to open the bar with me was bitters and soda, and maybe a dash of bar syrup.

    It's actually "healthy". I'm serious!
     
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    Ginger & Bitters is a great cure for an upset stomach. We had seasick divers go to the restaurant next door and order one. It helped 99% of the time.
     
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    Accept no substitutes.
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    I like a rye and corn whiskey in mine and need to get a good quality vermouth. Makes all the difference.
     
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    I don't remember most of the years I lived in Los Angeles because of Maker's Manhattans.
     
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    If your teetering between Rye and Bourbon (I do!), you should try Redemption High Rye Bourbon. It makes a great Manhattan.
     
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    I remember reading an interview where Charlie Watts voiced his appreciation of the Manhattan; said it was “a drink created by an alcoholic for alcoholics”. He didn’t elaborate but that line always stuck in my head. (Great drink.)
     
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    My dad used to drink them.

    Every year now on the anniversary of his passing or his birthday, my brothers, sister and I will all mix one up and send a text picture to each other.

    I'm normally a scotch drinker, and I find them to be a bit sweet for my liking, but they're alright.

    Dad made them with Southern Comfort, maybe that's why they tasted sweeter. It's been about 5 years since he last visited me (Mom and Dad would spend 3 weeks in TX with us to get away from the cold MN winters). I am still drinking from the same bottles that he used when he was here. I suppose at a rate of one or two a year, it should still last a bit!

    Cheers,
    Doug
     
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    SoCo always seemed like it really needed to be poured on some day-old pancakes, not used in a drink...:confused:
     
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    ... and it ain't a Manhattan, either.
     
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    ...because it's a Rob Roy.
     
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    you know....me too. When I began experimenting with Manhattan ingredients a few months ago I bought dry vermouth. I finally decided to get a bottle of Bombay Sapphire and make some martinis while I was at it. There are certain occasions when a dry martini with a lot of olives is preferrable to a Manhattan.
     
  20. BigDaddyLH

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    When I started drinking Old fashioneds I became an instant OF Snob: there should be a single large piece of ice (it will melt more slowly):

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    When I was a in an unfamiliar bar, I would say, "tell me about the ice you put in your Old Fashioned..."
     
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