My grandmother Marge was a petite and polished lady who wasn’t afraid to speak her mind. I learned a lot from her. When I would visit her at her apartment, she would tell me stories about her life, mainly when she co-owned a restaurant with her husband. She said it was hard but rewarding work.
She also told me that her favorite way to unwind after a hard day was to sip a Manhattan. Once the restaurant closed for the day, she’d step behind the bar and concoct her favorite cocktail to sip on while she tallied the receipts.
While there are numerous ways to concoct a Manhattan, I’ve been keeping my grandmother’s tradition going with my own twist.
Here’s what I sip on…
1 ½ parts whiskey, I prefer Jack Daniel’s or Chivas Regal
½ part sweet vermouth
dash of Angostura bitters
Pour the whiskey and vermouth over ice and stir, then add a dash of the bitters and squeeze the lime over the top, stir once and enjoy!