When Brian and I first met, he was a bourbon drinker but doesn't recall ever having had a Manhattan. I loved Manhattans but always had them made with the traditional rye whiskey. Now, years later, we both enjoy the happy marriage of bourbon Manhattans. We've tested bourbons, we've found our favorite but we never gave a second thought to the vermouth. We had the standard label, found everywhere, in the back of the liquor cabinet forever.
Antica Formula. We'd never heard of it before and it was getting to be summer anyway. That means fruit drinks, ice cold vodka and various frozen blender cocktails. We dutifully stuck the new vermouth in the back of the liquor cabinet with the old vermouth and got on with our summer plans.
2 oz. Bourbon
1 oz. Antica Formula vermouth
2 Dashes Angostura bitters
1 Teaspoon maraschino cherry juice (optional)
Disclosure: I received a free bottle of Antica Formula Vermouth to sample but was under no obligation to review it or provide a favorable opinion.