Tuesday, February 7, 2012

B&E Manhattan

We drink a lot of Manhattans here at the Fogged In Lounge, so when a new whiskey arrives, I can’t help but try it with a little vermouth and bitters. Breaking & Entering is a bourbon blended by the folks at St. George Spirits. They call it that because they didn’t distill the booze themselves but carted a bunch of barrels back to Alameda from Kentucky. We like local stuff, and when I tasted it back in December, I knew it wouldn’t be long before I’d start playing with it.

B&E Manhattan
  • 2 1/2 oz Breaking & Entering Bourbon
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth (Carpano Antica)
  • 2 dashes Jerry Thomas’ Decanter Bitters
  • 1 dash Angostura Orange Bitters
Stir with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass. Orange twist.

My first pass at this was with the Fee Bros Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters I had been drinking all winter with my Buffalo Trace, but it turned the cereal notes a little too soft and round. No flab in the Manhattan, please. Orange bitters worked much better, bringing out some cherry and tasting almost like a Brooklyn Cocktail.

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