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    Re: Manhattan's

    On the topic of vermouth selection...has anyone tried Vya sweet vermouth? I've been looking all over for it. I'm wondering if Vya is worth the extra money and expense over, say, Pratt or Rossi.
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    Re: Manhattan's

    Yes, it is worth the cost. I recently grabbed some, and it has a much more potent, forward character than any other sweet vermouth. In the context of 2 dozen or more Manhattans, it's not really much more expensive. That said, I think Cinzano is a vast improvement over Noilly Prat and (especially) M&R. In general, I think the Italians make better sweet vermouth and the French better dry vermouth, which intuitively makes sense, but also seems to hold true across the spectrum of vermouths.

    All of which is a long-winded way of saying, if you like Manhattans a lot, or like them with a high percentage of vermouth, you owe it to yourself to pick up some Vya.

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    Re: Manhattan's

    Quote Originally Posted by TimmyBoston View Post
    Does anyone have a great recipe for a Manhattan?

    Also any bourbon recommendations to put in them?

    Thank so much.

    Tim
    I love Manhattans.

    I usually make them with Trace Buffalo. Vya is tough for me to get locally but is most definitely worth the cost.
    Last edited by anacostiakat; 10-08-2007 at 02:36.

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    Re: Manhattan's

    Based on you guys' rec, I'll have to pick up the Vya. I don't recall seeing it in Atlanta, but I'll be in Chicago this week, and I'm pretty sure I've seen it there. To date, I've only had my Manhattans with Noilly Prat. They're good, but I'm always looking for better. BTW, how is Vya pronounced? VEEAH or VIYAH?

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    Re: Manhattan's

    Not a fan of Manhattans made with Bourbon.

    I prefer a good Old Fashion anyway..

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    Re: Manhattan's

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff G. View Post
    Not a fan of Manhattans made with Bourbon.

    I prefer a good Old Fashion anyway..
    I prefer Manhattans made with bourbon. In fact I should say I don't like Manhattans made with rye. But I like Old Fashioneds made with rye, Saz Jr. being my favorite. Although not my favorite sipped neat. Go figure.

    A few weeks ago I ordered a WT 101 Manhattan in a nightclub, A nightclub that use to be a favorite of mine both for the knowledgeable staff as well as the live entertainment every Friday night. They now are under new management and most of the former waitstaff are gone. What I got was an abomination, no bitters and what I swear had to have been grenadine in place of sweet vermouth. I would have sent the drink back were it not for the fact my wife probably wouldn't have appreciated my making a scene with her boss and a couple of her coworkers present. So I kept my mouth shut, which was, for me, both difficult and uncharacteristic. I drank only about a third of the "cocktail", enough to be sociable and then made up something about wanting to take a Benadryl later before going to bed.

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    Re: Manhattan's

    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. François View Post
    On the topic of vermouth selection...has anyone tried Vya sweet vermouth? I've been looking all over for it. I'm wondering if Vya is worth the extra money and expense over, say, Pratt or Rossi.
    Oh, my, yes. IMO, it is head and shoulders above anything other than Carpano Antica Formula. Vya sweet and Antica Formula are very different from one another, but I consider them to be peers from a quality standpoint.

    Punt e Mes is closely related to Antica Formula, but has an extra bitter edge to it that works really well in some drinks, like the Red Hook.

    I haven't tried the Vya dry vermouth - I use very little dry vermouth. If I find a 375 of it, I might give it a try, though, as I've certainly been impressed with their sweet vermouth.
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    Re: Manhattan's

    The other night I had a French Manhattan, in which Chambord is substituted for the sweet vermouth. Over the weekend I had a Pama Manhattan, in which Pama pomegranate liqueur was substituted for the vermouth. I liked both of them, though in both cases the bartender needed to have a lighter hand with the vermouth-substitute. I specifically requested bitters in the Pama one. The Chambord one was mixed up in a batch and I don't think it contained any bitters.

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    Re: Manhattan's

    Inspired by this thread, I've been playing around with Manhattans this past week. I've been experimenting with different whiskies to see what suits my tastes best... so far I think WT and BT are the best bourbons I've tried. I didn't care for Blanton's... the flavor didn't seem to blend with the vermouth very well. I also tried Sazerac rye, which was decent, but seemed to be missing something compared to the bourbon-based variants. Might have to try altering the ingredient ratios a bit to see if I can get a better fit. Still want to try a broader variety of ryes, as well a Canadian or two as some have suggested. Guess I'll have to make another trip to the liquor store... darn!


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    Re: Manhattan's: Holiday Version

    Time to Bump this Thread.
    I just read this in the Lexington Herald Leader and decicded to make a round (or two) with the new WT Russell's Rye. Very Nice. I'm only going to infuse for 8hrs. (I'm not that big a clove fan)

    Michael Flynn, wine and beverage director at Dallas' revamped Mansion on Turtle Creek restaurant, came up with this variation on a New York classic. You'll be humming Silver Bells to yourself before you've finished mixing the first batch.
    Manhattan holiday
    1 orange, halved
    2 tablespoons whole cloves
    1 cinnamon stick
    10 ounces bourbon
    2 ounces sweet vermouth
    Bing cherries and cinnamon sticks for garnish
    Stud orange halves with cloves.
    Place the clove-studded orange halves and cinnamon stick in a medium-size glass container. Fill the container with bourbon.
    Cover and allow mixture to infuse at room temperature for at least 48 hours.
    When ready to serve, fill shaker half full with cubed ice. Strain and pour bourbon mixture into shaker.
    Add sweet vermouth to shaker. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain and pour mixture into four chilled martini glasses.
    Garnish each drink with a cherry and a cinnamon stick. Serves 4.
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