Classic Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

By | March 18, 2011

Photo: Kenn Wilson

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.


March Madness Cocktail Recipe

By Marcus Samuelsson | March 4, 2011

Photo: Paul Brissman

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.


The Sour, Bitter, & Sweet Cocktail Recipe

By Lindsay Hunt | February 11, 2011

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Two weeks ago I shared my recipe for Grapefruit Bourbon Sours with Honey Simple Syrup. It’s combination of tart and sweet makes for a refreshing cocktail, but since then, I’ve been craving the addition of something bitter.


While many people shirk at bitter’s punch, I find the taste addictive and perfect in a cocktail.  Campari’s bright color and bitter flavor pairs well with lemon’s sour pucker, and both benefit from a bit of the same Honey Simple Syrup.  For a lighter cocktail, forgo the Bourbon and add an extra 1/2 ounce of Campari.



“The Retox” Cocktail Recipe

By | January 14, 2011

Photo: saraicat

Photo: saraicat

You may have heard of the popular “master cleanse,” which combines lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper for a regimen of detox.  After working on a story about Maple syrup, the staff at Saveur found themselves with a plethora of maple syrup.  After a handle of Knob Creek’s new Single Barrel Reserve arrived in the office, it was simply a matter of time before the two combined in a rocks glass.  Behold The Retox, an alcoholic version of the popular cleanse.

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Dark and Stormy Recipe

By Marcus Samuelsson | December 31, 2010

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For your New Years Eve tonight, celebrate with a My Dark and Stormy.  You may this seemingly simple cocktail; it only has two ingredients, after all.  Combine rum and ginger beer and you’ve got a good My Dark and Stormy.  Combine rum and homemade ginger beer, you’ve made a standout cocktail that will impress your guests.

A Dark ‘n’ Stormy is traditionally made with Gosling’s Black Seal rum.  Invented in Bermuda after World War I, this cocktail has two patents.  Lindsay wrote about my recipe for Ginger Beer on Monday.  Read her take on the drink here.


American Beauty Cocktail

By | December 10, 2010

Photo: Kcanard

Photo: Kcanard

After a dreary, rainy week, I am looking forward to relaxing in front of the television with an engaging movie and a bowl of my spicy dill popcorn. I scanned my DVD collection and settled on the cult classic, “American Beauty”.  I know that I can count on this film to keep me fully entertained with its mix of dark comedy and drama.

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Pomegranitini with Kosher Vodka Recipe

By | December 3, 2010

Photo: danmachold

Photo: danmachold

This weekend, I’m planning to toast the Jewish holidays with a new kosher vodka, L’Chaim. Hebrew for ‘to life,’ the phrase ‘l’Chaim’ embodies the spirit of the contemporary Hannukah holiday.  The vodka is corn-based, from Israel and is from a “generations-old Russian recipe brought to that country by Jewish immigrants.” L’Chaim is also in the process of making kosher rum and tequila.


Cafe Brasileiro Recipe

By Elizabetta Tekeste | December 1, 2010

Photo: krabiman

Photo: krabiman

The holiday season is officially underway and coffee will not take a back seat to holiday cocktails! Coffee and liquor have become bedfellows and this power couple is gaining popularity very quickly. So today I bring you my top 2 coffee cocktails to warm you and yours!

If you prefer to keep it straightforward, you need not go without a coffee holiday drink. For a clean drink after your holiday meal simply add a shot (ounce) of one my recommended spirits to your delicious cup of coffee:

1) Frangelico

2) Amaretto

3) Grand Marnier

Until next week, be well and breathe well!

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