When the weather turns cold and I need a stiff drink, whisky is my go-to winter spirit. There is nothing better than a dry Manhattan to warm the soul on any chilly winter evening. As I’ve discussed in past posts, as much as I love going out for drinks, nothing beats inviting friends over and hosting your own Happy Hour. Maybe I’m just getting old at the ripe age of 31, but I cherish time with friends at home, rather than in a bar where I can’t hear the person across from me and have no control over how stiff the drinks are. You can call me a control freak when it comes to cocktails – ha!
Happy Hour is just what I did this week with a little help from Canadian Club, makers of only the highest quality whisky for more than 150 years! After a week of finishing up some client projects, I had a few friends and colleagues to the loft and whipped up a Canadian Club 100% Dry Rye Manhattan – a twist on a classic using Canadian Club’s newest addition to the family, Canadian Club 100% Rye. Unlike other rye whiskies that could have as little as 51% rye in the mash bill, this whisky is 100% rye, resulting in a more complex body and rounder finish.
To say the cocktail went over well would be an understatement! Everyone loved the reimagining of an old favorite – with one friend requesting it be made neat with just a zest of lemon. To make the Canadian Club 100% Dry Rye Manhattan, follow the recipe below and enjoy!
2 parts Canadian Club® 100% Rye Whisky
1 part Dry Vermouth
1 dash Angostura® Bitters
Lemon Peel, zested over glass
METHOD: Combine ingredients in a rocks glass and stir. Served straight or on the rocks. Garnish with lemon peel.
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