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Coffee is still a top contender and this Café Manhattan using Espresso Infused Vermouth will have you falling for the robust flavor of coffee all over again. Cheers to 2017!
Makes 1 cocktail
2 ounces Gentleman Jack Whiskey
1 ounce Espresso Infused Vermouth (recipe follows)
1 dash Cherry-Angostura Bitters (recipe follows)
Garnish: wide orange peel
In a pint mixing glass or stirring pitcher, measure in whiskey, vermouth and bitters. Fill 3/4 full of ice and stir swiftly for 20 seconds. Strain cocktail into a chilled cocktail glass. Express orange peel oil over top of drink, twist peel, and garnish.
Speed Rack Northwest Season 6 was amazing, and the ladies have definitely upped their game even more this year!
Founded in 2011 by New York bartenders Ivy Mix and Lynnette Marrero, Speed Rack is a cocktail competition that celebrates women in the industry while simultaneously raising money for breast cancer research. Back for my 4th year as a panel judge, I am honored to be a part of this fun filled event alongside Charlotte Voicey from William Grant & Sons Distillers, Paul Clarke from Imbibe Magazine, and Tan Vinh from Seattle Times.
The competition was tight between the four final competitors; Jacyara de Oliveira, Natasha Mesa, Aubry Robinson and Megan Radke.
Congratulations to Jacyara (bartender at Rob Roy, Seattle WA) for winning the Miss Speed Rack NW title in the final round against Natasha – it was a very close race. Great big shout out to all the ladies who competed this year. You were all amazing and we are looking forward to seeing the Wild Card winner announcement, coming soon! #SpeedRackNW #BackTheRack. – Kathy Casey
“BLING BLING” MANHATTAN
Makes 1 cocktail
2 ounces bourbon such as Maker’s Mark
Measure the bourbon, vermouth and bitters into a mixing glass. Fill 3/4 with ice and stir swiftly for 20 seconds. Strain into a martini glass. Spear a Gilded Cherry on a pick and lay across drink.
1/2 cup maraschino or Amarena cherries – DRAINED WELL
Make the cherries in the same container for storing them. It is important that the cherries be very well drained. Place the cherries in the container and add the luster dust. Stir gently to coat the cherries in gold. Do not over stir – over stirring makes the gold “stirred in” and not coated on each cherry. Store refrigerated for up to 2 days.
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