Your Definitive Drink
I'm not talking about the most expensive or exotic drink but the drink that defines your taste and style. Being from KY, I have a bourbon and non-bourbon drink of choice.
My Dad's Makers Manhattan
First I add 3 shots of Makers Mark to the shaker on ice. Then, add a splash of sweet vermouth (I like Vya) to your glass. Swirl glass to coat and dump out excess vermouth. Add a maraschino cherry or two to your glass and just under a spoonful of the cherry syrup. Shake, pour, and serve up or on the rocks.
This makes an exceptionally dry Manhattan with a hint of cherry and a golden red color that I like very much. Makers is a bourbon that has enough backbone to stand up to the cutting from the vermouth yet is still has a very smooth finish. For straight bourbon on the rocks, I feel Makers is a bit over priced, as one can get Basil Hayden or many other small batch and even some single barrels within 5$ of Makers price. However, the extra wheat in Makers makes my favorite Manhattan.
This is my take on the Vesper famously created by Ian Flemming.
"Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of
lemon peel. Got it?"
"Certainly, monsieur." The barman seemed pleased with the idea.
"Gosh, that's certainly a drink," said Leiter.
Bond laughed. "When I'm...er...concentrating," he explained, "I never have more than one drink before dinner. But I do like that one to be large and very strong
and very cold and very well-made. I hate small portions of anything, particularly when they taste bad. This drink's my own invention. I'm going to patent it
when I can think of a good name."
3 shots vodka - one you like, I like Kettle One (Finlandia if I don't have the dough)
1 shot gin - Bombay Sapphire for me
1/2 shot Lillet Blanc
Shaken on ice and served up, with a lemon twist or flame if you are so inclined.
I like vodka over gin martinis, and I find that Bombay has enough spice to meld nicely when used as the minor player. The Lillet was an excellent investment as it makes a very nice, slightly sweeter, traditional martini in place of vermouth.
Interested to see your suggestions. Cheers
'Absorb what is useful; Discard what is not; Add what is uniquely your own.'