Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Rye Perfect Manhattan
Rye used to be implied
When ordering Manhattans
Bourbon’s bastardized that, but it’s ok, bourbon; I love you, too.
I like to surprise people
By serving them a Manhattan
And then a rye perfect one.
Watch their faces as a new favorite drink is discovered!
Tasted a rye perfect for the first time
When an old crush told me it was his cocktail of choice
Luckily, wound up liking rye perfects more than the guy.
Let me back up, in case you don’t know:
A Manhattan (i.e. regular) = bourbon, sweet vermouth, bitters (Angostura), cherry garnish
Rye perfect Manhattan = rye whiskey, equal parts sweet and dry vermouth, bitters, lemon peel garnish
Not long ago I was at the original P.J. Clarke’s,
Ordered a rye perfect,
Got served one with a cherry.
Unacceptable! (At least it wasn’t this guy who served it to me.)
Overholt’s a perfectly-good-enough rye
Although I actually prefer Jim Beam Rye
Get over the mass-market stigma; for the $, Jim Beam Rye’s the bomb.
Unless, that is, you happen upon Whistlepig
Like I did when Ryan gave us a bottle… 17 days ago?
We finished it last weekend.
You know how there are two types of people in this world?
People who like dogs and uptight pricks?
You can administer a similar test with a rye perfect Manhattan.
Was worried I wasn’t writer enough
To do the rye perfect Manhattan justice.
And turns out I’m not, ‘cuz here I am ripping off
To come up with the recipe for World’s Greatest,
All I did was a) tinker with amount of Angostura,
b) Use up my Whistlepig. But again, Jim Beam’s cool.
If ever there was a cocktail
To take the edge off of five o’clock,
It’s this one.
What you’ll learn when you taste-test
Manhattans vs. rye perfect Manhattans
Is that you never realized just how syrupy-sweet a Manhattan truly is
And that rye perfects toe the line between sweetness and… let’s call it earthy/woodsy/sour graininess
Like a ladybug tiptoeing up a dewy blade of grass (huh?)
World’s Greatest Rye Perfect Manhattan
2 ounces Whistlepig straight rye whiskey
1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
1/2 ounce dry vermouth
3 dashes Angostura bitters
Lemon peel, for garnish
Combine all liquid ingredients in ice-filled mixing glass and stir briskly for about 15 to 20 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon peel after running the inside of the peel around the lip of the glass.