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.
Very nice! I'm a bourbon manhattan fan myself but just got a bottle of Rye to sample and was thinking that I should really give the classic a try. However, I have no vermouth at home. Guess I should pick up a bottle of Antica after your review.ReplyDelete
This drink looks fabulous, Anita! So perfect for this time of year too.ReplyDelete
What Bourbon would you recommend with that Manhattan?ReplyDelete
Hi Christopher - Our go-to bourbon is Maker's Mark. We've tried this same recipe with Four Roses and it was good but the Maker's is a fuller flavor. We've also tried going up a notch in price to Woodford Reserve but found it wasn't necessary in this drink. Please let me know if you have any more questions. Cheers!Delete
I want to give this vermouth a try, as we love Manhattans. Do you keep your opened vermouth in the liquor cabinet? That might account for the "old wine" taste, as it should be refrigerated and used within a month or two.ReplyDelete
I just had a Manhattan at a restaurant in Cokato, MN with Bourbon, the Antica Vermouth, bitters and Black cherry on the bottom. It was such a treat!ReplyDelete
Made it with 3 oz Elijah Craig, 1/2 oz Antica red, 1/2 oz Dolin dry, cherry bitters and orange bitters. Best Manhattan ever, and the Antica makes it.ReplyDelete
Id recommend stirring in ice to both chill and appropriately dillute then straining over a large cube or up. Generally speaking you never shake brown spirits. Only clear spirits like gin and vodka.ReplyDelete
I agree. Don’t shake. And it clouds the drink.ReplyDelete
Never shake a Manhattan. And always store your vermouth in the refrigerator.ReplyDelete