Tools of the Trade Blog Post #6: Manhattans and Detroiters

A Mid West bar tender puts an ingenious spin of a prolific and classic East Coast cocktail.

Let's start with the Manhattan. The cocktail with the namesake of the city has a wonderful key to its recipe hidden in the portions. 212 is the area code of the big apple and also is the portions of the drink! 2 ounces Rye Whiskey - 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth - 2 dashes of bitters. Impossible to forget and easy to remember even when you're drunk. 

Jump in a car now and head west through NY state, Pennsylvania, Niagara falls, around a couple lakes and land yourself in Detroit. Detroit's area code is 3-1-3, I think you know where this is going. 3 ounces Rye Whiskey - 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth - 3 dashes bitters (1 ango, 1 peychaud, 1 orange if you have it). Obviously quite a bit stronger. The inspiration for this drink comes from a truly incredible bar tender J.P. Smith. His original recipe varies a bit but if you only have the necessary ingredients this is all you need.

Friends from Detroit keep asking me for an easy cocktail to make at home. Well here it is.


In mixing glass:

Add Ice - 3 oz Rittenhouse Rye - 1 oz Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth

3 dashes each of Angostura, Peychauds, and Orange bitters

1 barspoon of Maraschino cherry juice.

STIR! and pour in a chilled martini glass or rocks glass.

Please enjoy responsibly! #lgrw


Sammy G


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