Monday, May 18, 2020

Maria's Manhattan

A few lucky coincidences made this cocktail especially good. One is that I made my strawberry liqueur from Vitae's platinum rum and fresh (underripe strawberries.) The other is that I used MurLarkey Heritage whiskey instead of a lighter blended whiskey. The ingredient that makes this cocktail different from any other Manhattan, strawberry liqueur, also has the potential to cover over the richness of the other ingredients that define a Manhattan's profile.

MurLarkey's Heritage is a rich and well-aged corn whiskey with hints of smoke and spice cake. It isn't bourbon, however, and tastes closer to Irish whiskey except for its high proof and old country whiskey style. My strawberry liqueur is a combination of strawberries infused in rum and a cooked strawberry simple syrup. It's delicious, and with a rich vermouth, supplies hints of fresh fruit as well as a cooked jam.
  • 1 1/2 oz. whiskey (MurLarkey Heritage used)
  • 1/2 oz. sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 oz. strawberry liqueur (homemade version used)
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice. Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a strawberry if you have one.

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