Repeal Day Celebration: What are you drinking?

December 5, 2008 at 11:16 pm (Current Events, What we are thinking) (, , , , , )

Celebrate the end of tyranny, the end of nonsensical prohibitive legislation, the silliness of banning the manufacture and sale of true American spirits.  TOAST to the 75th Anniversary celebrating the END of PROHIBITION.

LUSH is raising our glass this evening…filled with classic cocktails.  Join us from 6-9pm at either shop.  And then, I will personally be popping open some bubbly…because, after all, we are celebrating and bubbles are delicious!

Rye Whiskey Manhattan

The silky smooth texture of a chilled Manhattan flows over the tongue filling the mouth with flavors that is greater than the sum of its ingredients. The blend of the charred oak, spiciness, of Bourbon; the sweet, herbal, and slight caramel flavor of Sweet Vermouth; and the indescribable flavor of bitters combine to make a cocktail like none other.

The Manhattan was first made with American Rye whiskey and is said to have been invented in New York’s Manhattan Club in 1874 at the request of Winston Churchill’s mother, Lady Randolph Churchill .

2 Parts Rye Whiskey (may I suggest Pappy Van Winkle 13 year Rye)
1 Vya Vermouth
3 Dashes Angostura Bitters

Stir ingredients in a mixing glass with ice for 15 to 20 seconds. Then strain into a well chilled cocktail grass. Garnish with a cherry if your hungry.

Classic Gin Martini

Vya dry vermouth

2 oz gin (may we suggest North Shore Distillers #6)

Pour a little bit of dry vermouth in a chilled martini glass and swirl to coat the inside of the glass. Dispose of excess vermouth. In a shaker full of ice, gently swirl or stir the gin before straining into glass.

Serving suggestion: Garnish with olives, lemon twist or cocktail onion and add rocks if you like.

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Cheers, Rachel

1 Comment

  1. Jane said,

    Although Rachel’s version of the gin martini has certainly become the new “classic”, as dry vermouth has increasingly lost favor, the pre-prohibition martini had much more dry vermouth in it. Try a 3:1 ratio of gin to dry vermouth with a dash of orange bitters and a lemon twist. And, I agree, North Shore #6 is the way to go!

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