View Full Version : My Best Manhattan So Far

01-08-2003, 00:38
We took this picture in honor of the best Manhattans we had made so far. The recipe is this:

(makes one serving I usually only have one drink a night, so I make it worth it. . . .)

3 oz Old Granddad BIB
1 1/4 ounces sweet vermouth
2 - 3 dashes Angostura Bitters
1 Marachino Cherry

Shake vigourously, strain, serve with cherry.


PS It is not on the rock in an old fashioned glass, just to large for a martini glass http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/cool.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/cool.gif !

01-08-2003, 13:47

I notice that you have Gallo vermouth. Does the brand of vermouth have a noticeable effect on the taste of the final product? (I'm happy to "Buy American" whenever I can.)

Yours truly,
Dave Morefield

01-08-2003, 14:03
To All,
I'm skipping Vermouth in mine and using the Makers Recipe that substitutes 1/2-3/4 oz (to taste) of Maraschino Cherry Juice. I don't use Maker's but I do use their recipe.
Try it. Has anyone used other bitters besides Angostura??

01-08-2003, 18:11
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Has anyone used other bitters besides Angostura??


Yes, Peychauds bitters. Sometimes I use both.

01-08-2003, 21:26
Sometimes I split 1/2 vermouth 1/2 cherry juice, but usually I find that to be too sweet http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/tongue.gif . I havent tried other bitters yet but I ordered some peychaud from the sazerac company recently. They have yet to arrive.


01-08-2003, 21:29
I have tried both Martini &amp; Rossi and Gallo vermouth in Manhattans so far, and have found the difference to be slim to negligable (BTW I also find myself putting less and less vermouth in as I continue experimenting.) and the price difference is so great that the less expensive Gallo will probably continue to be my choice.


01-14-2003, 18:28
I just came across this Makers recipe in a magazine today. I figured to try this tonight as I hadn't had any Makers Mark in quite some time. Turns out it was actually quite good, but I'll still take my bourbon preferably straight. http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/smile.gif

Makers Mark Old Fashioned

1 1/2 oz. Makers Mark
2 Maraschino cherries
1/2 oz. Club Soda
1 teaspoon sugar
2 orange slices

Muddle orange slice, maraschino cherry, and teaspoon of sugar in an Old Fashioned glass. Fill glass 3/4 full with ice. Add 1 1/2 oz Makers Mark and a splash of Club Soda. Garnish with additional orange slice and maraschino cherry.

01-21-2003, 00:28
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01-21-2003, 00:30
I will surely keep that in mind, nothing but the best for my bourbon!! http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif !


01-30-2003, 21:14
I was at Liquor Barn and remembered to look for bitters. Gary &amp; Mardee Regan go on and on about Bitters and the Manhattan . Peychaud bitters are available there and are about 40 cents cheaper on the 5 oz bottle than Angostura. The Regans have a recipe for Orange Bitters #4 , They say it is a replacement for DeKuyper Orange Bitters,that are being hard to come by.I found and purchased a product, Collins Orange Bitters. Reasonably priced $1.49 for 2 oz. They claim that a Manhattan with the Orange Bitters #4 is worth the effort. I realize this isn't a lot of help presently , it may be worthwhile to shop for these in September when you visit this area.

01-30-2003, 23:46
I will keep that in mind Bobby. . . . I know that I have taken a little of an interest in Manhattans recently, but especially my Dad (who will be in Bardstown this Dec.) LOVES the things now, and would probably enjoy trying the variation.


02-16-2003, 13:18

This thread inspired me to try a Manhattan for the first time. I made it with Rye. I see you used OGD. What do you all think of using bourbon vs rye in a Manhattan? I have no basis on which to compare my concoction, so I'm not sure if I made it right or not. I used 3 oz of Jim Beam Rye, 1 oz of sweet vermouth, a couple dashes of Angostura bitters and a cherry. It tastes OK, it may grow on me. I might like it better with bourbon. http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/confused.gif


02-17-2003, 14:58
I liked it better with bourbon, but the only rye available locally here is Old Overholt. I wanna try it with WT Rye. I think OGD BIB is about the best out of all I have mixed in so far.


02-17-2003, 19:45
Thanks for your feedback. I currenty don't have OGD BIB, but I think I'll give it a try with a bourbon to see how it compares. I also have a few other ryes, including Old Overholt, but for some reason, I just decided to use the JB Rye. Time to experiment with a few other things I guess! http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/smirk.gif http://www.straightbourbon.com/ubbthreads/images/icons/grin.gif