Wednesday, December 28, 2011


2 oz Rittenhouse 100 Rye
1 oz Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
1 barspoon Campari (1/8 oz)
1 barspoon Maraschino Liqueur (1/8 oz)
1 scant dash Scrappy's Cardamom Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail coupe.
Two Sundays ago, Andrea and I returned to Hawthorne, and this time we made our way over to the side room where bartender Ryan Lotz was tending the small bar. For a starting point, Ryan recommended a Manhattan variation he had created earlier for the gentleman to my right. The drink's aroma presented the fruit notes from the Carpano Antica vermouth and Maraschino liqueur along with a hint of cardamom. A rich grape sip led into a rye whiskey, Campari, and Maraschino swallow. I found that the interaction of the cardamom spice with the vermouth created a tobacco- and clove-like impression on the swallow. When I mentioned the tobacco aspect, Andrea commented that she detected it more on the aroma.

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