Bartender Jen Warren of Station House Café in Point Reyes Station gives us the Insider scoop on making a killer Manhattan.
Like most classic cocktails, the Manhattan is made with only a few ingredients—the quality and nuances of those ingredients play a big part in what kind of cocktail you end up with.
Rye Bourbon Whisky
The rye-forward Redwood Empire whisky, distilled in a former apple processing plant in neighboring Sonoma County, adds subtle spicy notes, and an indulgent vanilla-caramel finish.
Using a well-curated sweet vermouth makes for a nicely balanced bittersweet Manhattan. Vya’s blend of orange muscat, Tinta Roriz and dry white wine, infused in 17 herbs and spices, is the perfect pairing with spicy rye whisky.
“The inspiration for Vya Sweet was the enjoyment I remembered drinking sweet vermouth on the rocks in the sidewalk cafes in Marseilles back in the 1970s.”
Andy Quady — Quady Winery
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