Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Continental Perfect

This is a sweet tasting Manhattan variation that is done on the rocks with twice as much vermouth as whiskey. I'm not sure if "continental" refers to the European or American continent: with so much vermouth, both French and Italian, there's a strong case for Europe. 

On the other hand, I like the idea of making this cocktail with a blended whiskey made from the island nation of Scotland and American whiskey. That is Virginia Distilling Co. Brewer's Batch. It's similar to scotch and super mellow with a strong malt character and oak but very little peat if any. Then the whiskey's are married in a Scotch ale cask. This, I think unites the continents I mentioned above and makes for an unusual Manhattan variation.

  • 1 oz. blended whiskey (Virginia Distilling Co. Brewer's Batch used)
  • 1 oz. sweet vermouth (Cocchi dopo tetero used)
  • 1 oz. dry vermouth (Dolin extra dry used)
  • several dashes Angostura bitters
  • orange slice for garnish

Combine liquid ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a chilled Old Fashioned glass. Garnish with the orange slice. 

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