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.