Classic Manhattan Cocktail Recipe

By | March 18, 2011

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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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