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Tales of the Bourbon Trail

As you may or may not know, this past July my wife Jamie & I were fortunate enough to be Cocktail Apprentices at the Tales of the Cocktail, an annual festival of cocktails, cuisine, and culture held in New Orleans.  I think I’m still recuperating from the whirlwind of that week, which I could tell you all about, except that all I can think about right now is Bourbon and Rye. 

You see, tomorrow I will be embarking on a pilgrimage to the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky.  Jamie & I are meeting up with some of our fellow CAP’s (that’s C.A.P. for the Cocktail Apprentice Program in case you were wondering) to tour distilleries and celebrate the wonder that is Bourbon.  There’s nothing quite like enjoying a nip of Bourbon or Rye, especially while being surrounded by like minded cocktail geeks.  I’m looking forward to finding inspiration for new cocktail recipes while I’m there, and I’m willing to bet that the other CAP’s feel the same way, too. 

I’ll be sure to update you soon with my Tales of the Trail, but in the meantime, here’s a great variation on a classic Manhattan that you might consider enjoying.  Incidentally, this was my first nationally published cocktail back in April 2006 in the “Malt Advocate”.  For the straight rye, I’d recommend trying this with Pappy Van Winkle 13 yr old or (ri)1 whiskey.


Manhattan Perfecto
1/2 ounce Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
2 ounces straight rye whiskey
3/4 ounce Noilly Prat Dry vermouth
3/4 ounce Noilly Prat Sweet vermouth
4 dashes of Angostura bitters
1 lemon twist, as garnish
1 Luxardo maraschino cherry, as garnish

Rinse a chilled cocktail glass with the maraschino liqueur, and discard the excess.Stir the remaining ingredients and strain into the prepared glass.  Add the garnishes.  Enjoy!

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