Today we’re talking about some more whiskey! We made this little baby out of Bulleit Rye, and it is essentially a twist on the Manhattan. Our cameraman, Aryn, does a lot for us, and all he asks for is the occasional drink. So, since he is our whiskey drinker, we make things for him, to keep him happy. He REALLY likes the Manhattan and the Old Fashioned, so we gave him this little riff here.
It’s fairly simple, and he enjoyed it (unless he lied.) You could obviously use your favorite Rye here, or even a different type of whiskey all together. I went with Rye, because we don’t work with it a lot here, and I assumed Aryn liked he, because he said, “Yea,” when I asked if Rye was alright.
So, in case anyone ever asks you, “What’s the hold up?” You can tell them as such:
The Hold Up
1.5 oz. Rye Whiskey
0.5 oz. Dry Vermouth (Not Sweet)
0.25 oz. Green Chartreuse
0.25 oz. Maraschino Liqueur
2 dsh Smoked Bitters
Stir all ingredients over ice.
Strain into rocks glass with large cube.
Garnish with maraschino cherries.
Thoughts: The Chartreuse gave it a nice little herbal kick, and the Maraschino Liqueur sweetened it out a little more, without making it taste like sugar. Obviously, the cherries helped a little, too, but try to keep the extra demerara sugar to a minimum. Again, like I mentioned, your brand of whiskey will have a lot to do with the overall taste, and I don’t really suggest going super low-end, unless you just absolutely love Evan Williams or something.
Enjoy! See you next time!
Photo Credit: Aryn Cotroneo
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