The best part about being an imperfectionist is that I get to do things like mix bourbon, and a few other tasty ingredients, to come up with my very own cocktail. When you’re a perfectionist, you have to worry about using the proper liquor. You have to make sure the measurements are exact. And all the ingredients must be hand-crafted to organic perfection.
Well let me tell you. When the basic ingredients of a Manhattan and a Whiskey Sour are combined, I promise you that it does not take exact proportions to make this cocktail delicious. So give it a try!
Today’s cocktail is being brought to you by Drizly, a website/app that is the best thing since sliced bread. They offer the most amazing service of beer, wine, and liquor delivery. In fact, they don’t just stop there. They can deliver pretty much anything you need to mix up a huge variety of cocktails.
Drizly has made it really easy. All you do is go onto their website or app, order what you want, and BAM… your stuff is at your door usually within an hour (seriously?!?!?!). Unfortunately they don’t offer delivery service everywhere in the country yet. But they can ship to you within a number of states. This expands the footprint by quite a bit.
Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, while I was perusing their liquor selection online I saw that they have High West. They’re a local distillery so I was even more stoked to be keeping it in the family. I had been wanting to try the American Prairie Bourbon so I decided to give it a whirl.
Now if you’re one of those perfectionist types, you may be thinking that a traditional Manhattan should be made with whiskey. Please go back and read the first paragraph.
How to Make a Manhattan Sour
I love the flavors of a Manhattan. I love the flavors of a Whiskey Sour. So I figured the two together sounded pretty damn tasty.
The Bourbon, Bitters, Sweet Vermouth, Lemon, and Cherries can just be added to your Drizly cart.
- Sweet Vermouth
- Jarred Cherries
- 5 Lemons
- 1/4 Cup plus 1 teaspoon Sugar
- 1 Orange
- Rosemary Sprigs for Garnish
First, start by juicing 5 lemons
Add 1/4 cup of sugar and stir well
Next muddle a large slice of orange, 5 cherries (I used the Dark Morello Cherries from Trader Joe’s), a teaspoon of sugar, and 4 dashes of bitters in a mixing glass or shaker.
Fill the shaker with ice, 4 oz bourbon (or whiskey if you’re so inclined), and 2 oz sweet vermouth.
Shake, then pour it over two fresh glasses of ice. I got my husband an ice ball mold for Christmas and it’s been the best thing ever.
Fill the rest of the glass with the lemon-sugar mix.
Garnish with an orange wheel, cherry, and sprig of rosemary for essence (I love the herbal hint this gives it, plus it makes me feel fancier than I really am).