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Thursday, March 29, 2012

After a Long Day: The Double Manhattan

It's crunch time at the office. Yesterday ran to 14 hours, the day before that to 12. (Today, hopefully, we wrap up on time and get a some good rest before our big presentation Friday morning.)

When you get home at 11PM after a day of data analysis fueled by take-out, beer or wine will not do. It's too late for these more meal-like beverages. Late night is the time for hard liquor.

I'd been wanting to mix up a Rye Manhattan ever since I picked up a bottle of (rī)1 whiskey. The size was appropriate to the evening, but was determined primarily that I was finishing off the last of my bottle of Carpano Antica sweet vermouth while maintaining something like the proper proportions.

4oz (rī)1 rye whiskey
2oz Carpano Antica sweet vermouth
3 dashes Angostura bitters
2 dashes Regan's Orange Bitters

Shaken vigorously over ice (I believe Nick Charles specified in the first Thin Man movie that a Manhattan must be shaken to the Fox Trot, but I am not so virtuosically rhythmic) and then strained into a tumbler (no respectable cocktail class will hold 6oz).



John Farrell said...

Man, I'm trying this one this weekend. You the man.

Brandon said...

I confess that the moment I saw the superscript I looked for the footnote. I need to get out more.

As it happens one of the captcha words is Ibiza.

Matthew Lickona said...

Amen. A bartender told me last week that rye was the original spirit for the drink, "before they started subsidizing corn." It was so very, very good. I went out the next night and bought a bottle of Bulleit rye ($19.99 at Trader Joe's).

Fr Martin Fox said...


What Rye do you recommend?

Darwin said...

Well, I haven't tried a lot of varieties yet, being somewhat hampered by what's available here in Ohio. (I never realized I'd miss Texas's liquor laws till I left.) Right now I've got a bottle of (ri)1 and I'm enjoying it pretty well. I haven't seen the Bulleit rye that Lickona mentions for sale here -- and if it is I bet it's not under $20 like it is in California.

The WSJ did an article on rye a while ago, and I'm curious to find some of the varieties mentioned there:

Zed said...

I'd recommend stirring and straining the manhattan, rather than shaking it.
Bulleit makes a real good manhattan, also. It's $23 at my friendly neighborhood liquor store (in Maryland), so pretty affordable, too.