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The Park Avenue Manhattan

The Manhattan. Probably one of my favorite cocktails and one that is open to almost endless tweaks and variations, while still remaining distinguishable as a Manhattan. This particular variation is one of our house cocktails at the Oyster Bar, and really shows the versatility of this classic cocktail.

While at first glance chai and bourbon may not seem like a likely pairing, the flavors of chai and vermouth pair extremely well, and a nice high proof bourbon ties the sweetness together perfectly. Cheers!

Park Avenue Manhattan
1 oz Chai-Infused Vermouth
2 oz Bourbon (90 proof or higher preferred)
3 dashes Orange Bitters

Chai-Infused Vermouth
750ml Dolin Blanc Vermouth
3oz (by volume) loose Chai
Steep in covered container for 24 hrs. Strain through coffee filter and bottle. Refridgerate infused vermouth for up to one month.


Vintage Cocktails #63: The Liberal

I’m not sure exactly where this next cocktail received its name from, but it is delicious none the less. Coming into print in the very early 1900′s, this is a great variation on a Manhattan, packing in a little extra flavor and bitterness courtesy of some Torani Amer. The higher proof boubon also helps to keep the flavors nice and balanced. Cheers!

The Liberal
3/4 oz 120-proof Bourbon
3/4 oz Italian Vermouth
3 dashes Torani Amer
1 dash Orange Bitters

Vintage Cocktails #57: Satan’s Whiskers

The diabolically named Satan’s Whiskers is one of those drinks that has a great name to go with a great drink. It even has two variations, ‘straight’ and ‘curled’, which reference the variety of orange liqueur you make it with. This is an astounding drink that is not too heavy, light on alcohol, and really just tastes great. The ‘straight’ version uses Grand Marnier as the orange liqueur, and the ‘curled’ uses orange curacao. I prefer the latter, but it is excellent either way. Cheers.

Satan’s Whiskers
1/2 oz Gin
1/2 oz Dry Vermouth
1/2 oz Sweet Vermouth
1/2 oz Orange Juice
2 tsp Orange Curacao
1 tsp Orange Bitters

Vintage Cocktails #56: The Jupiter Cocktail

Hailing first from Harry McElhone’s ABC of Mixing Cocktails (1923), this cocktail then appears in The Savoy Cocktail Book (1930), The Official Mixer’s Manual (1934), and The How and When (1937). After this it seems to vanish into thin air, perhaps on account of its difficulty in preparing, as well as the inclusion of the potent Parfait Amour as one of its ingredients. This drink is one which much be measured precisely. Just a few drops out of proportion, and you will wonder what the fuss is all about. But, if mixed up just right, a perfectly balanced drink of marshmallows and bubblegum arises. I say give it a try. Otherwise you’ll never know what your missing out on. Cheers!

The Jupiter Cocktail
1 1/2 oz Gin
3/4 oz Dry Vermouth
1 tsp Parfait Amour
1 tsp Orange Juice

Vintage Cocktails #46: The Scofflaw Cocktail

scoff·law (skflô, skôf-) n.
One who habitually violates the law or fails to answer court summonses.

While the term was originally coined to describe those who, despite the law, could not give up their precious drinks and the company that accompanied them, it was soon turned into the name of an outstanding cocktail created at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris. Harry was an American bartender who, during prohibition, took control of his career and moved across the pond to Europe, where he eventually started his own bar. Many great cocktails were created in Europe during prohibition, but perhaps none were so ironically named as this one. Cheers!

The Scofflaw
1 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey
1 oz Dry Vermouth
3/4 oz Lemon Juice
3/4 oz Grenadine