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Makers Mark Manhattan

One of my favorite classic cocktails made with my favorite bourbon.

Maker’s Mark’s Bill Samuels, Jr., says, “I spent 40 years screwing around before figuring out the perfect recipe.” I’ve made only one tweak. I prefer Luxardo cherries to the waxy maraschino variety.  If you’ve never tried a Luxardo cherry you should seek them out. They are dark and sweet with a thick syrup that has a velvety consistency. I adore these little gems.

Makers Mark Manhattan
Makers Mark Manhattan

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 ounces Maker’s Mark bourbon
  • 1/2 ounce French sweet vermouth, preferably Dolin Rouge
  • 2 dashes Fee Brothers cherry bitters
  • 4 to 5 drops Luxardo cherry juice
  • Ice 3 Luxardo cherries, for garnish

Instructions

  • In a mixing glass, combine the bourbon, sweet vermouth, bitters and maraschino cherry juice.
  • Fill the mixing glass with ice and stir well.
  • Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with the Luxardo cherries.

This recipe and photos were provided by Sally Roeckell of Table and Dish and were originally published at 365Barrington.com.

By Sally Roeckell
Photographer Sally Roeckell specializes in contemporary lifestyle portraiture with an emphasis on food photography. She has photographed people, food and life all over the US and in Spain, Basque Country, The South of France and Paris. She regularly shops at Heinen’s for the family dishes she features on 365 Barrington and on her website at TableAndDish.com.

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