I know Slow Tuesday Night is the go-to blog hereabouts for original drink recipes, and I do not presume to be a mixologist of particular novelty most of the time. (I am not too humble to say that I make classic cocktails pretty damn well, however.) But the other night I was at the liquor store around the corner from my office for holiday-related reasons, and I spied a bottle of Bully Boy Distillers white whiskey. And it gave me an idea for something else I’ve had sitting around the house that I haven’t known what to do with.
Thus, I give you the Stained Glass Manhattan
1) Fill shaker about 2/3 of the way up with crushed ice
2) Add several dashes of bitters. (I am partial to Peychaud’s, which is what I had on hand. The color and flavor of the drink will obviously vary if you use Angostura or some other.)
(Here’s where things get a bit inexact, since I’m not one for measuring precisely. Since this is basically just a modified manhattan recipe, just use the amounts you would use if you were making one of them.)
3) Roughly 2 parts (or, in my house, Liberal Pour) Dolin Blanc vermouth
4) Roughly 4 parts (Very Liberal Pour) Bully Boy white whiskey (I imagine it would work nicely with other similar spirits, but this is my first experience therewith)
5) Shake well and pour into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with cherry. (Serves two.)
The end result is a very light, smooth drink. It lacks the punch of a traditional manhattan, and the flavor is much subtler. The whiskey has some very discernible grain notes, which some people may like and others may find less enjoyable. I’d recommended it as an alternative to a cosmopolitan for more adventurous tipplers, particularly those who don’t mind a drink that doesn’t hide that it’s made from alcohol.
Anyhow, consider this a cocktail (or any other leisure subject) open thread.