It's Friday and, as tradition dictates, it's time to drink. It's also summer, the best season for drinking (tied with fall, winter, and spring), so I thought I'd offer up a fruity variation on a classic: the Manhattan.
Like the Old-Fashioned, the Manhattan is a simple cocktail in need of precious little meddling. The basic ingredients are whiskey (traditionally rye), sweet vermouth, and bitters. One delectable variant is the Perfect Manhattan, in which dry vermouth replaces some of the sweet vermouth. Having a grapefruit in the house and a hankering for novelty in my alcoholic concoctions, I developed the following recipe:
Perfect Grapefruit Manhattan
Combine the bitters, vermouths, and whiskey in a mixing glass with ice. Stir (do not shake) and strain into a chilled glass. Garnish with the twist of grapefruit rind.
The grapefruit just adds a tangy bite to the mix that pairs perfectly with the rye's sharp edge. Extra #hophead points if you rock the Bittermens Hopped Grapefruit Bitters in this joint. They are as awesome as the name implies. So make a Perfect Grapefruit Manhattan tonight and sip one for your boy.
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