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Smokey Manhattan

smokymanhattanThis gorgeous cocktail was specifically created for our new friend David’s recent birthday party.  When discussing possible cocktails for his soiree he kept coming back to one thing: the dude loved smokey.  But not as in peaty Scotch smokiness, but as in wood smoke.  So we thought, hey, we can use a smoking gun and smoke ourselves some bourbon.  And that’s what we did and it was delicious.  Get your hands on some applewood and a smoking gun, folks (you’ll also need a tube and another bottle to split the booze in half to properly smoke it, but it is that easy)!

Smokey Manhattan

2 oz Smoked Bourbon (we used Applewood wood chips and 4 Roses Bourbon)

1 oz Dolin Sweet Vermouth

1 barspoon Luxardo

a couple dashes of Angostura Aromatic bitters

Old fashion orange garnish

Build all ingredients in a mixing glass, add ice, stir, strain and garnish. Viola!




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Cocktail of the Week: Five Buroughs

Last night there was a feast that brought together some of our childhood favorites, chili dogs and Frito pie.  It was glorious and the inspiration for this week’s cocktail.  No, we’re not joking. Since our dinner party revolved around a slightly spicy, sweet and robust chili, the cocktail had to compliment it and yet be able to stand apart.  So we took the classic Manhattan and gave it a Red Hook-like twist. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.  Cheers!

Five Buroughs, our take on the classic Red Hook.

Five Buroughs, our take on the Red Hook.

Five Buroughs

2 oz Colonel E.H. Taylor Straight Rye Whiskey

1 oz Carpano Antica Formula Vermouth

1 barspoon Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

2-3 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass.  Add ice and stir until cold.  Strain into a your favorite glass.  Cut an old fashioned lemon twist over the top and squeeze to extract oils. Discard or use as garnish.  Serve and enjoy.