Red Hook

  • 2 oz Rye Whiskey
  • .5 oz Punt e Mes vermouth
  • .5 oz Maraschino Liqueur

Garnish:  Cherry

Glass:  Cocktail

Tools:  Mixing Glass, Bar Spoon, Julep Strainer

Preparation:  Combine ingredients in a mixing glass.  Stir with ice until chilled.  Strain into a cocktail glass.  Garnish with a cherry.

This is a recipe from Vincenzo Errico of Milk & Honey in New York City.  It’s one of the many variations on the classic Manhattan that are named after neighborhoods in and around New York.

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Joey Diesel’s Mid-Summer Manhattan

  • 2 oz Rye Whiskey
  • .75 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • Splash Orange Liqueur
  • Splash Lemon Juice
  • 1 tbsp Simple Syrup
  • 4 Fresh Ripe Cherries

Garnish:  Sprig of Mint

Glass:  Old-Fashioned

Tools:  Muddler, Mixing Glass, Cocktail Shaker, Hawthorne Strainer

Preparation:  Muddle 4 fresh ripe cherries with 1 tablespoon of simple syrup in a mixing glass.  Add rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, lemon juice and orange liqueur.  Shake in a cocktail shaker for 10 seconds.  Strain into an old-fashioned glass over ice.  Garnish with a sprig of mint.

This is an original recipe by Joe DeOrio of Chicago.

Cherry Pop

  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Lemon Juice
  • .5 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • .5 oz Simple Syrup
  • 3 Pitted Cherries (reserve 1 for garnish)

Garnish:  Pitted Cherry

Glass:  Old-Fashioned/Rocks

Tools:  Muddler, Mixing Glass, Cocktail Shaker, Hawthorne Strainer

Preparation:  Muddle 2 pitted cherries with the simple syrup in a mixing glass.  Add remaining ingredients.  Shake in an ice-filled cocktail shaker and strain into a chilled ricks glass filled with pebble ice.  Garnish with the reserved cherry.

This is a recipe from The PDT Cocktail Book by Jim Meehan and is attributed to Jane Danger of PDT in New York.  The book says:

Jane Danger’s cocktail goes down like soda – or pop, as they call it where she grew up in Minnesota.

New York Sour

  • 1.75 oz Rye Whiskey
  • .75 oz Lemon Juice
  • .75 oz Simple Syrup
  • .75 oz Dry Red Wine (Malbec or Syrah)

Garnish:  1 orange half-wheel, 1 brandied cherry

Glass:  Rocks

Tools:  Mixing Glass, Cocktail Shaker, Strainer, Lemon Juicer

Preparation:  Combine the whiskey, juice and syrup into a mixing glass.  Pour into an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake for 10 seconds.  Strain into rocks glass over large ice.  Float the wine on top.  Garnish with the orange and cherry.

This recipe is from the book Speakeasy by Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric of Employees Only in New York City.

Old Fashioned

Spirit:  2.25 oz Rye or Bourbon Whiskey

Sweetener:  .5 oz Demerara Syrup

Bitter/Acid:  4 dashes Angostura Bitters

Preparation:  Combine ingredients in an ice-filled mixing glass.  Stir 20 seconds.  Strain into a double old-fashioned glass.

Garnish:  Cherry and/or Orange Peel

This recipe is from the Cocktails 101 booklet from Paul McGee, owner of The Whistler in Chicago.