The Fuzzy Navel cocktail rose to fame in the 1980s, a simple mixture of Peach Schnapps and Orange Juice. It’s unusual name comes from the “fuzzy” texture of peach skin and the “navel” on an orange. Read More
Indigenous to Asia, now common all over the globe, ginger is an impressive healing food. This powerful and medicinal root is widely known as a digestive aid. How many times have you or someone else been recommended Ginger Ale for an upset stomach? This is just one example of ginger’s prominent role as a “healer”. Read More
May is almost here! Raise a toast to this month of long days and warm nights with this Mint and Strawberry Spritzer recipe. Read More
Hibiscus flowers aren’t just pretty to look at, their dried leaves are incredibly bright and herbaceous and are completely edible. Dried hibiscus flowers are a treasured ingredient Read More
The Manhattan cocktail, as you may have guessed, is rumored to have originated in Manhattan, but as with most booze histories, is somewhat dubious when it comes to the particulars. A personal favorite is the theory that the Bourbon-Vermouth combination owes its name to the name of the New York sewage water.
However, this reasoning is probably not why Manhattans are popular. Aside from their rich, smooth flavors, they were a favorite of Marilyn Monroe’s in Some Like it Hot as well as an alternative to Cosmos for the ladies of Sex and the City. Manhattans must have also held an allure for Jack Kerouac who referenced them frequently in his novels.
The generally accepted ingredients are Whiskey or Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, and bitters. The varieties even within this trifecta, though, are infinite. The different Bourbons and Whiskeys available can provide a stunning diversity in their subtle flavors and there are many types of bitters that can be used as well.
What we have for your drinking pleasure, though, is the Classic Manhattan recipe.
When the first green shoots of spring break through frozen soil, I like to break out a crate of strawberries and a bottle of mezcal for a refreshing cocktail. Tequila’s bad boy cousin mezcal brings a smoky, savory element to this drink that works well with tart, fruity strawberries. Sip it while filling out March Madness brackets or starting a new gardening project.
Whether it’s finding the best goat tacos in LA, spotting a well-worn vintage bag in Sweden, or interviewing the “crab man” selling seafood on a corner in Harlem, we tell stories seen from Chef Marcus Samuelsson‘s point of view. MarcusSamuelsson.com strives to create conversations about food, nutrition, culture, art, and design. We want to find Read More