It's bold, invigorating and as relaxing as a deep tissue massage. The best part is it's not just for mobsters, ad men and cocktail connoisseurs anymore.
For a real Manhattan you need rye whiskey – it doesn't matter what else you do, if you start with
bourbon, it's just too sweet
Keep your open bottles of sweet vermouth in the fridge to retain quality
Cocktail garnish peelers
have extra wide blades to make orange peeling quick and easy – if you
do it in advance you can save time during your party
It's not too fruity but the sweet-seeking ladies will love it just as much as you do.
1½ oz gin
1 lime (juiced and for garnish)
2 tbsp muddled blackberries (about 6 berries)
1½ oz simple syrup
4 - 6 oz tonic water
(we wholeheartedly recommend Q Tonic
Muddle blackberries in a cocktail shaker
. Add gin, lime juice,
simple syrup and crushed ice. Shake well. Pour into a rocks
, top with tonic water and enjoy.
If you don't have a muddler
on hand, use the end of a wooden spoon, then immediately visit
KegWorks.com to order one
Spring for the good tonic water – it makes a huge difference – the grocery store stuff is made
with synthetic quinine and high fructose corn syrup
A juicer makes life way easier, even a hand held version like this
The Merry Magnificent Bastard
Invented by mixologist Bryan Swanson and very much endorsed by our good friends over at
, this drink is wonderfully warming and all kinds of festive.
From the inventor: "The ginger in the DdC and clove/spice flavors in the Fee Brothers give the
drink a nice warming touch. Have it with some gingerbread and it's a holiday."
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