Perfect Manhattan

Using a bold, spicy 100% rye whiskey gives this classic Manhattan extra bite.


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Using a bold, spicy 100% rye whiskey gives this classic Manhattan extra bite. Trey Zoeller, founder and master blender of Jefferson's Bourbon creates a version of the Manhattan that calls for an extra half-ounce of whiskey since “I like my Manhattans filled to the rim,” he says.

2½ ounces Jefferson’s 10-year-old Rye
½ ounce sweet vermouth
½ ounce dry vermouth
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Lemon peel, for garnish

Shake Jefferson’s Rye, both sweet and dry vermouths and bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into in a chilled martini glass and garnish with a lemon peel.

To read more about mixologist Trey Zoeller, click here.

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Reader Comments:
Jan 10, 2012 10:03 am
 Posted by  chinupgirl

Perfect Manhattans remind me of family gatherings on Christmas Eve. My great-uncle provided the constant reminder that the "perfect" Manhattan consisted of equal parts sweet and dry vermouth. He even found a bit of joy in testing a waiter and/or bartender's knowledge when ordering at a restaurant. Thank you for sharing this with your readers who may not be familiar with this cocktail.

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