Classic: Manhattan Project

A theory of relativity should drive any study of what is perhaps the most classic of cocktails: the Manhattan. The brown spirits version and forerunner of the clear Martini, this mix of whisky and vermouth is simple, yet remarkably variable. Making it right hangs on perfecting the ratio of ingredients, and any dedicated Manhattanite will rejigger it to suit each brand he pours. To prove the point, we embarked on a volatile Manhattan Project, testing a list of superior Bourbons in proportions of two-, three- and four-to-one with vermouth. The results, while not explosive, were sublime. Bulliet Bourbon Frontier Whiskey (90 proof), with its rye-heavy recipe, was …
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