Tuesday, August 21, 2012

ideal manhattan

1 1/2 oz Maker's Mark Bourbon
3/4 oz St. Germain
1/2 oz Cinzano Sweet Vermouth
2 dash Angostura Bitters
1 dash Bitter Truth Grapefruit Bitters

Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist (although it has been served with a cherry garnish as well).

Two Thursdays ago, Andrea was having a bad day so we headed over to Tasty Burger for some comfort food. Afterwards, we crossed the street to the Citizen Public House for drinks. For a starter, I asked bartender John Nugent for the Ideal Manhattan, a fruit and floral-tinged Manhattan crafted by bar manager Joy Richard.
The Ideal Manhattan offered up a fresh grapefruit oil aroma which led into a malt and grape sip that contained St. Germain's fruit note. Next, the swallow first showcased the Bourbon, St. Germain's floral, and the bitters' grapefruit flavors, and later, the Angostura's spice began to appear and linger on the finish. Overall, I was quite surprised and pleased that the Ideal Manhattan was not as sweet as I first expected it to be.

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