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  1. #41
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    Re: Perfect Manhattan Combination?

    I'm a 3 to 1 guy myself, rye to vermouth. Carpano Antiqua only. 2 dashes fee brothers bourbon barrel aged, 2 dashed barrel aged orange bitters. Serve in a chilled martini glass.

    For Rye, I'm a fan of the Willet 4 year family reserve rye. I know its LDI, nut the high proof brings a lot to the drink.


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  2. #42
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    Re: Perfect Manhattan Combination?

    I've been mixing it up between bourbon and rye lately:

    High West Rendezvous Rye 3 oz
    Dolin Sweet Vermouth 1.5 oz
    Fee Barrel aged orange bitters
    1 homemade cherry (see recipe from ErichPryde on this forum)
    Stirred, not shaken

    Or

    Four Roses 1B 3 oz
    Vya Sweet Vermouth 1 oz (Vya has a great, distinct flavor, but I tend to go lighter on it)
    Fee orange bitters again
    1 homemade cherry
    Stirred, not shaken
    A little splash of 4R1B on top of the finished cocktail

  3. #43
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    Re: Perfect Manhattan Combination?

    Here's new one I have been having:

    3 Parts Rye ( I use Ryan & Wood)
    1 Part Sweet Vermouth
    1/4 part maple syrup
    two dashes Orange Bitters.

    Shaken into a chilled glass.

  4. #44
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    Re: Perfect Manhattan Combination?

    Quote Originally Posted by nd2005 View Post
    A little splash of 4R1B on top of the finished cocktail
    I've been enjoying a splash of high-proof bourbon to the top of my Manhattans lately, usually OGD114. Not too surprising, but it makes for a really good tasting cocktail!

  5. #45
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    Re: Perfect Manhattan Combination?

    Currently:

    3/4oz OGD BiB
    3/4oz Ritt Rye BiB
    3/4oz Punt e Mes
    3/4oz Noilly Prat Extra Dry
    3 dashes orange bitters
    2 ea cherry to garnish

    Solid. Might mix up a big batch, throw it in a large mason jar with some charred barrel staves, then bottle it in some small bottles for holiday gifts.

  6. #46
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    Re: Perfect Manhattan Combination?

    My standard recipe is as follows:

    3 oz Rittenhouse
    1 oz Carpano Antica
    2 Dashes Angostura bitters
    Garnished with a lemon twist and a cherry.
    And serve in a coup.

    My "perfect" Manhattan though is essentially a reverse Jerry Thomas, where I substitute George T. Stagg in a 2:1 ratio with the Carpano. That is hard to beat.
    Last edited by DAM; 12-11-2013 at 11:50.

  7. #47
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    Re: Perfect Manhattan Combination?

    A nice winter rye variation:

    1 3/4 oz - Jefferson's 100% Rye
    1/2 oz Contratto Bianco
    1/4 oz Dolin Blanc
    *Stirred with 1-2 dashes Angostura Orange*
    *Strained into a chilled Manhattan glass that has a Angostura (regular) wash and an orange (can be flamed) twist*

  8. #48
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    Re: Perfect Manhattan Combination?

    Contratto Bianco vermouth is reaching pretty deep into the spirits cabinet! It was only reintroduced last year I believe.


    Haven't seen it locally so far. Where are you located?


    What do you think of it? Have you tried either of the Rosso's or the fernet?
    That yella whiskey runnin' down my throat like honey dew vine water and I took another slash…

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  9. #49
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    Re: Perfect Manhattan Combination?

    Ordered a pre dinner drink called the The Manhattan Project: old overholt rye infused with ceylon tea & thyme, carpano antiqua formula vermouth, housemade orange bitters.

    I have to say it was a very good manhattan--one of the best I've had in a while. I plan to try to infuse some rye to recreate it.

  10. #50
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    Re: Perfect Manhattan Combination?

    On occasion, I make a Manhattan using Bittermens Xocolatl Mole bitters (spicy chocolate bitters). Best to NOT use a rye unless you like your cocktail really spicy! I tend to use a lighter weight vermouth like Vya and a lower proof bourbon like WT101, WTRB, or even ETL.

    http://bittermens.com/products/xocolatl-mole-bitters/

    Bittermens makes a bunch of excellent high-quality bitters for many different styles of cocktails, and they even have recipes for fantastic cocktails you have never heard of...

 

 

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