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Monday, March 17, 2008

manhattanite – easy does it libra

manhattan2.gif rick from KAISER PENGUIN (no we’re not related) is hosting MXMO this month with the insane theme of LIMIT ONE. as in, too high an alcohol content in a tipple, necessitates the consumption of no more than one of those tipples. i’m a lightweight, so this topic is way out of my bar cheffing realm.

i’m always amazed at how someone can derive pleasure from imbibing a manhattan. in my eyes that is akin to sipping gasoline. i wish i could be that cool under fire to nonchalently order a manhattan… the fire i speak of is the one running all the way down your chest after you take a sip. i’m not cool! in an attempt to make this high octane classic more palitable, i used cherry-infused whiskey, compliments of sweet venus’ delectable cherry. sugary venus also rules the easy-going sign that is symbolized by a scale… dear libra, take it easy with this deadly drink!

(as this is a variation on the true MANHATTAN, this is called the MANHATTANITE.)


2 oz cherry whisky (PHILIPS UNION CHERRY WHISKEY) or infuse your own*
1 oz sweet vermouth
few drops orange bitters
cherry or two (never use store bought maraschino, those are unhealthy!!! make your own, or use sour cherries like moi)

add all ingredients to shaker with ice. stir, do not shake! strain into martini glass.

* cut 30 sweet cheeries in half and place in 750 ml bottle whiskey for a few weeks. store in cool, dark place. agitate to expediate process. strain out cherries to store.


mixed by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac


  1. That drink sounds fantastic. I wonder if I can find cherries to make some cherry whisky. Definitely sounds worth the effort.

    Comment by Cynthia Closkey — March 17, 2008 @ 2:41 am

  2. you’re a hard core kinda libra cindy!

    Comment by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac — March 17, 2008 @ 4:59 am

  3. But hard-core in a balanced and beautiful way, right?

    Comment by Cynthia Closkey — March 17, 2008 @ 6:28 pm

  4. Mais, Bien Sur!

    Comment by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac — March 18, 2008 @ 7:02 am

  5. If you promise not to tell anyone…I have yet to warm up to the Manhattan myself (I think it’s because the sweet vermouth messes up all that delicious whiskey šŸ˜‰

    Comment by Dr. Bamboo — March 19, 2008 @ 10:34 pm

  6. my lips are sealed… maybe dry vermouth would work better for you?!

    Comment by Gwen-Intoxicated Zodiac — March 20, 2008 @ 8:04 pm

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