A little something different for our RIFer friends, just in time for the holiday season!
This is ‘Professor’ Jerry Thomas’ original recipe for the iconic Manhattan cocktail. Working as a bartender and saloon owner in the mid- to late-nineteenth century, Thomas was renowned for mixing drinks with great showmanship and is still considered the godfather of New York cocktail craft – or mixology.
What makes this recipe different from a traditional Manhattan is the proportion of sweet vermouth to rye whiskey, and the addition of orange flavored liqueur. These subtle variations give this cocktail a sweetness that makes it more palatable and complex. While sophisticated, this cocktail is delightfully unpretentious and can be found on the menu at Schiller’s Liquor Bar. It is a nod to New York’s golden age, an era that defined it as the greatest city in the world.
3/4 oz. Rye Whiskey
1 3/4 oz. Sweet Vermouth
1/4 oz. Grand Marnier
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Pour ingredients into a mixing glass.
Stir well with a bar spoon for 40-45 revolutions.
Strain into a chilled 5 oz. cocktail glass.
Garnish with lemon twist.
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Any mixologists out there? Leave a comment with your favorite festive drink (adult beverage or otherwise!).
About the Author
KEITH MCNALLY was born in London and moved to New York in 1975 where he worked in a series of restaurant jobs from oyster-shucker to busboy to general layabout. In 1980 he opened his first restaurant, The Odeon. Since then he has opened Cafe Luxembourg, Nell’s, Lucky Strike, Pravda, Balthazar, Pastis, Schiller’s, Morandi, Minetta Tavern, Pulinos’s as well as Balthazar in London. He’s also written and directed two feature films, End Of The Night and Far From Berlin. In 2010 he was mistakenly given the James Beard Award for Outstanding U.S. Restaurateur.