This one tastes dark. Root is tough, you want the flavor but its hard to balance and to keep it from dominating the finish.
1½ oz bourbon
¼ oz rye
½ oz Cynar
scant ¼ oz Root liqueur
½ tsp cane syrup
3 dashes black walnut bitters
nutmeg, grated, about three passes
stir vigorously and serve over a big rock
you can finish with a dusting of nutmeg for bouquet if you don’t mind the dust in the glass
a.k.a “Hannah’s Sorrow” or “Hannah’s Woe,” Rosy named this after Mia Farrow’s character in Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters. Why? It has at least one scene set in Central Park in the fall and I thought the name had to evoke Manhattan in the autumn.
2 oz bourbon (e.g. 1½ oz Rendezvous, ½ oz Four Roses)
½ oz allspice dram
splash Gran Classico
splash Carpano Antica
stir over ice, strain over a big rock
The title isn’t a typo, this may be the perfect Perfect Manhattan. At least it would be if I’d remembered what “Perfect Manhattan” actually meant: I thought it referred to the 2-1-2 bourbon-vermouth-Angostura recipe (212 being the area code for Manhattan) but apparently it refers to the 1 being ½ sweet and ½ dry vermouth. Regardless, this is the best 2-1-2 Manhattan I’ve ever had, and it’s a 100% Rocho production. This is also when I found out she’d quietly started drinking my Rendezvous — I’d though it safe since she initially expressed a strong preference for bourbon, but much like her taste in beer her taste for rye (or at least for rye Manhattans) is evolving.
2 oz Rendezvous Rye
1 oz Carpano Antica
2 d Angostura Bitters
Stir on ice, strain over a big rock.