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3 Cocktail Recipes for Variations of the Manhattan

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KATU was nice enough to invite me back to their morning show to mix up a few more cocktails. This time around we are starting with the classic Manhattan, and then mixing two simple and delicious variations, a White Manhattan and a Black Manhattan. The beauty of the Manhattan is both it's simplicity and it's versitility. The base ingredients of the Manhattan are whiskey (traditionally rye), sweet vermouth, and bitters (typically Angostura). 

Classic Manhattan

2 ounces whisky (Maker's Mark 46

1 ounce Sweet Vermouth (Dolin)

2 dashes of Bitters (Angostura)

Add all ingredients to cocktail mixing glass filled with ice. Stir for 30-45 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with brandied cherry or orange zest (optional).

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The White Manhattan is a fun variation swapping the aged whiskey out for moonshine (unaged whiskey) and Dolin's white, but sweet version of their vermouth, Dolin Blanc. 

White Manhattan

2 oz. White Whiskey (Corsair Artisan)

1 oz. Dolin Blanc

2 Dashes of Bitters (Bitter Truth Jerry Thomas Decanter Bitters)

 Add all ingredients to cocktail mixing glass filled with ice. Stir for 30-45 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with brandied cherry or orange zest (optional).

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The Black Manhattan swaps out the sweet vermouth for a sweet herbal liqueur called Averna, which has a vanilla-like sweetness and warming finish that pairs perfectly with whiskey. 

Black Manhattan

2 oz. Whiskey (Maker's 46)

1 oz. Averna

2 Dashes of Bitters (Bitter Truth Aromatic Bitters)

 Add all ingredients to cocktail mixing glass filled with ice. Stir for 30-45 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with brandied cherry or orange zest (optional).

What is your idea of the perfect Manahattan?

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Whiskey Before Breakfast

Whiskey Before Breakfast:

1 oz white whiskey (Death's Door) 
1/2 oz coffee liqueur (House Spirits) 
1/2 oz condensed milk 
Top with 3 oz iced coffee (Cellar Door)

Stir all ingredients vigourously to incorporate condensed milk without ice first. Serve over ice.

Whiskey Before Breakfast is always an enjoyable and fine way to start the day provided that day has some nap-time allocated. This cocktail gets it's name from a favorite fiddle tune of mine, and though the songwriter was probably had Irish Whiskey (straight) in mind when they wrote it, Death's Door White Whiskey was our choice for this cocktail. It has a malted slightly sweet nose and a warm spicy finish that is perfect for mixing in coffee cocktails, as well as a great addition to hot cocoa. The Portland based House Spirits small-batch House Spirits Coffee Liquer has notes of rich earthy cocoa, and is much less sweet than many popular coffee liqueurs. The sweetened condensed milk adds a rich mouthfeel and balances sweetness. You can adjust the amount of condensed milk based on the desired sweetness, as most of the sugars are from this ingredient. Do you have a favorite coffee cocktail to share?

Psych Ward- 1.5 oz Copper Run White Whiskey, .75 oz Cara Cara OJ, .75 oz lemon juice, tsp grenadine

Psych Ward:

1.5 oz White Whiskey (Copper Run)
.75 oz orange juice (Cara Cara pink navel)
.75 oz lemon juice
1 tsp. grenadine

A fun and simple variation on the Ward 8. The name is from the white walls of the psychiatic wards of the past in the theme of the white whiskey swapped out for rye. It lack the spiciness of the rye, so it's important to remain light-handed with the grenadine. Copper Run is one of the best Corn Whiskey's on the market, with excellent beading and fantastic flavor this moonshine is sure to win many followers.

Harvest Moonlight- 1.5 oz @DeathsDoor White Whiskey, dash cinnamon agave simple syrup, 2 dash Angostura bitters

Harvest Moonlight:

1.5 oz white whiskey (Death's Door)
dash cinnamon spice agave simple syrup (homemade)*
2 dash Angostura bitters

Like all of Death's Door Spirits from Madison, WI, they are classic in nature and stay true to the belief that high quality ingredients will yield high quality spirits. Their whiskey is comprised of 80:20 ratio of wheat to malted barley. While "white dog" or unaged whiskey has caught a bad rap as many craft distillers have prematurely (no pun intended) released white dog whiskeys with compromised results, there are a few that are worth seeking out, and Death's Door White Whiskey can be included in that exclusive set.
Cinnamon infused agave syrup adds to the viscous mouthfeel of the white whiskey, but should be kept at a dash as the white whiskey holds a sweetness of it's own that can be easily overpowered. There is definatlely some heat on the back end from the lack of aging (the whiskey is rested in uncharred oak barrels for a total of only 72 hours). As the drink waters down the malt and vanilla flavors become even more forward and blend well with the warm spices of the Angostura.

*Cinnamon Spiced Agave Simple Syrup:
Heat raw blue agave syrup with spring water at a 1:1 ratio with 1-2 medium broken Ceylon cinnamon sticks in microwave or stovetop until fragrant. Bottle. Stores 7-10 days.

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