August 31, 2013

Cherry Bourbon Manhattan

Sometimes some things are meant to be, like this cherry bourbon manhattan.

I was cleaning out the fridge and saw my jar of bourbon cherries.  I was thinking they were pretty old, maybe I should just get rid of them.  I opened the lid and was about to dump out the liquid when fate intervened and I decided to smell it.  Oh man, it smelled good.  So I took a little sip.  And this drink was born. 

This is exactly like a manhattan except instead of rye whiskey I used half bourbon and half of the cherry vanilla bourbon that got created from the bourbon vanilla cherries.

2/2 people in this house agree that this drink was amazing.  So smooth, so balanced.  This is your weekend cocktail. 

Cherry Bourbon Manhattan

1 ounce cherry bourbon + 1 ounce bourbon (I used Bulleit) OR 2 ounces bourbon
1/2 oz sweet vermouth
Two dashes Angostura bitters

In a cocktail shaker or glass combine bourbon(s), vermouth, and bitters with a couple of ice cubes.  Stir to chill thoroughly.  Strain into a chilled martini glass.  Garnish with a bourbon cherry or maraschino cherry.

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