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Five Great Sips and Sweets #1: The Ruby Manhattan | Manolo for the Big Girl

Five Great Sips and Sweets #1: The Ruby Manhattan

This week we’ll be doing a series of mini-featurettes dedicated to making your season merry and bright and what’s more merry and bright than a bright red cocktail? Nothin’!
These have been my bev of choice ever since Billy at The Good Knight (winner of the best cocktails in Austin) mixed one up when I said “I don’t know, just make me something I’ll like.”

This is a close approximation, and every bit as good.ruby manhattan

Ruby Manhattan:

2 oz. Maker’s Mark bourbon
1 1/2 oz. decent ruby port
dash bitters (I use Fee’s Orange, but plain old Angostura should be fine)
twist of lemon or orange peel

Stir together the booze and the bitters in a cocktail shaker, strain into a rocks glass –either up or on the rocks, twist the peel over the glass and drop in. Maraschino cherries kill this drink, so save ’em for the sundaes.

Incidentally, you don’t have to use the very best port for this recipe. I use Charbay Ruby Port because that’s what I have, but unless you’re a real enthusiast, there’s no need to drop $50 on a bottle. Don’t go for plonk, but Dow’s or anything in the $10 range should be just fine.

5 Responses to “Five Great Sips and Sweets #1: The Ruby Manhattan”

  1. Miriam December 21, 2009 at 9:05 pm #

    I’ll have to try this. Ever since Gin & Tonic Season ended, the bf has been shaking up Manhattans. This seems like a good way to vary the Manhattan. I mean, I like Manhattans and everything, but a girl has limits.

  2. Plumcake December 21, 2009 at 9:36 pm #

    Miriam do it, it’s delish. Also, are you related to the writers Stephen and Margaret? You share a last name.

  3. raincoaster December 22, 2009 at 6:34 am #

    I’m going through a Sazerac phase, myself, but only because the bartender at the local dispensery didn’t know how to make a Monkey Gland.

  4. All Women Stalker December 23, 2009 at 11:21 am #

    This seems like an interesting drink. I’ve been drinking a lot of rum and tequila lately. I will have to find an opportunity to try this.


  5. Carroll B. Merriman May 17, 2010 at 4:05 pm #

    This is very nice !!