article and photos by Steve Schul and Paul Zablocki, Cocktail Buzz
Deep in the heart of winter, February rolls around with a promise of love to warm you up. Another perfect way to warm up is with the cocktail we truly love, the Manhattan. It's the perfect antidote to a bitter-cold winter evening. It evokes age-old cocktail glamour and satisfies like nothing else. We love a two-to-one ratio of whiskey to sweet vermouth, with a dash or two of bitters. Beyond that, there is room to play. You can substitute Averna for the vermouth for a deep, rich Black Manhattan; or Mirto, a Sardinian sloe berry liqueur that adds almost a hint of menthol. Try mixing in a new whiskey variety for your own take on this enduring classic.Manhattan
Stir in ice for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add cherry.Black Manhattan
Stir in ice for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add cherry.Myrtle Manhattan
Stir in ice for 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add cherry.
Bacon-Wrapped Dates are a perfect pairing for any of these Manhattans, with the bonus of being incredibly easy to throw together.The recipe:
You can either preheat oven to 350F or use an outdoor grill, with hot coals.
Cut the bacon in half and wrap a strip around each date. You can insert an almond into the dates through its natural hole if you desire, for added flavor.
Place the bacon-wrapped dates (with the seam side down) onto a lined baking sheet, or a grill pan if using an outdoor grill. Bake for 15 minutes, until the bacon looks crispy. If using an outdoor grill, flip the dates, cooking about 5 minutes on each side, or until the bacon looks crispy. Remove from heat and add toothpicks if you desire. Serves 6.
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