Sunday, November 29, 2015

41 Days of Drinks (day 9)

This is the latest entry in a daily feature that will run through New Year's Eve. To provide it, I combed through all sorts of sources -- my own archives, bar books, distillers' ideas, etc. -- even press releases from breathless PR people seeking to get their clients' products mentioned. 

 The borough of Manhattan, on Manhattan island, is the center of the universe for most people. So, they like to think of that area when they drink their Manhattans. However, I am a big proponent of New York State craft spirits. Some of the newer efforts need a bit of time to mature, both in their processes and in the aging of their spirits, but in many cases the more established entities put out some imaginative, quality products.

Here is a cocktail I devised a few years back that utilizes only Upstate ingredients to create a version of the iconic cocktail.

THE UPSTATE MANHATTAN 

3 parts McKenzie Rye Whiskey or Tuthilltown Baby Bourbon
1 part Warwick Valley Sour Cherry Cordial
2 dashes Fee Brothers Old Fashioned Aromatic Bitters
1 Montmorency cherry

Put whiskey, sour cherry cordial and fresh ice cubes in a cocktail shaker. Stir several times, then add bitters. Stir vigorously to chill the mixture, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a Montmorency cherry. If not in season, you may use a traditional maraschino cherry. (For a Tangier cocktail, substitute Fee Brothers Rhubarb Bitters.)

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