Not Your Dads Manhattan

Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.
— Mark Twain

Whiskey is the quintessential cool booze. You can drink it any way and somehow you give out that "I'm a badass" vibe. The classic of all whiskey cocktails is the Manhattan. I've been wanting to train myself to not only like but appreciate whiskey more so I wanted to create a variation on the Manhattan for the whiskey drink beginners like myself. Its the same old same old with a little something extra special.

Recipe | Not Your Dads Manhattan

2 oz. Rye Whiskey (ft. Two James Whiskey)

1 oz. Sweet Vermouth

.5 oz. Bourbon soaked cherry juice (see below for recipe)

2 Dashes of Anguish Bitters

Stir ingredients over ice until chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain over 2 cubes of ice into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with bourbon soaked cherry.

Recipe | Bourbon Soaked Cherries

1 lb cherries, pitted and stems removed

.5 cups of water

.5 cups of honey

1 cup of bourbon

1 cinnamon stick

1 strip of orange peel

1 tsp. of vanilla extract

1 tsp. of apple cider vinegar

1 pinch of nutmeg

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, whisk together the water, apple cider vinegar, vanilla extract and honey until combined.  Add in the cinnamon strip and orange peel.  Continue heating, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reaches a simmer.  Reduce heat to medium-low, and continue to simmer for another 10 minutes.

Remove from heat, discard the cinnamon stick and orange peel. Slowly add the bourbon to the pan, stir to combine.

Pour the bourbon mixture over the cherries in mason jars, then let the mixture cool completely to room temperature. Secure the lids on the mason jars, give them a shake, and refrigerate for at least 3 days before using.  The recipe should last for up to 2-3 months.