Old Fashioned - The Easy Version
2 oz Bourbon (I use Woodford Reserve or Knob Creek)
1-2 teaspoons simple syrup (if you’re not used to Bourbon, I’d start with two)
3 dashes bitters
1 maraschino cherry
Place Bourbon, simple syrup and bitters in an Old Fashioned or rocks glass, stir well then add 1 to 2 large ice cubes. Stir 2-3 times to chill then drop in the cherry.
Old Fashioned - Kristine's Favorite Version
2 sugar cubes or 2 teaspoons of sugar (demerara sugar if you can find it)
2 dashes of Angostura Orange Bitters
2 maraschino cherries
1 orange slice
2.5 oz. Bourbon
1 ½ teaspoons of Maraschino syrup (from the cherry jar)
Place the sugar cubes in a shaker. Dampen the cubes with the bitters. Add the orange slice and one of the cherries and muddle* with the sugar and bitters. Add the remaining ingredients. Shake with ice and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Add a splash of club soda (about a teaspoon) and the remaining cherry to the glass. Give it a quick stir and enjoy.
*If you don’t have a muddler, use the back of a spoon or a pestle to mash the fruit.
Manhattan - The Easy (traditional) Version
2 oz. rye whiskey
½ oz. sweet vermouth
1 dash bitters
1 maraschino cherry for garnish
Place ice into a cocktail glass. Pour in vermouth, then whiskey, a dash of bitters and stir. Garnish with cherry.
Manhattan - Kristine’s Favorite Version (if you like this just order a Perfect Manhattan at the bar, they’ll know what you mean)
2 oz. bourbon
½ oz. sweet vermouth
½ oz. dry vermouth
2 dashes bitters (I use Angostura)
In mixing glass or cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine bourbon, both vermouths, and bitters. Stir (or shake) well, about 20 seconds, then strain into a cocktail glass. Add cherry and serve. I like to serve these in a coupe glass (pictured in post).
2.5 oz. Gin
.5 oz. Dry Vermouth
1 cocktail onion
Stir gin and vermouth gently with ice. Strain into chilled coupe (pictured in post) or chilled martini glass. Garnish with onion.
2 oz. vodka
4 oz. beef broth
2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
2 dashes tabasco sauce
1.5 teaspoons lemon juice
1 pinch cayenne pepper
1 pinch celery salt
Pour all ingredients in a shaker and add ice. Shake until well combined and chilled. Strain into a glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with celery stick.
1.5 oz. cognac
1 oz. cointreau orange liqueur (you can use triple sec as a substitute)
1 tablespoon plus one teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
Lemon or orange twist to garnish
Optional – rim the glass with bar sugar, which I ALWAYS do J
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake well, Strain into a chilled coupe or martini glass. Garnish with lemon twist.