101 Best New Cocktails, 2012: Explicit Manhattan aka Gaz’s Birthday Manhattan by Timon Salomez, Gent, Belgium

by Gaz Regan · Monday, December 24th, 2012 · 101 Best New Cocktails 2012

Explicit Manhattan aka Gaz’s Birthday Manhattan

Adapted from a recipe by Timon Salomez, Gent, Belgium.

60 ml (2 oz) Eagle Rare 10 Year-Old bourbon

15 ml (.5 oz) La Guita Manzanilla sherry

2 dashes Regans’ Orange Bitters No. 6

1 dash Gaz’s Birthday bitters*

1 lemon twist, as garnish

Stir over ice and strain into a chilled champagne coupe. Add the garnish.

*Gaz’s Birthday Bitters: Combine 400 ml (13.3 oz) Bacardi 151 proof rum, 100 ml (3.3 oz) Pampero Blanco rum White, 15 g (.5 oz) dried orange zest, 11.2 g (.4 oz) calamus root, 11.2 g (.4 oz) burdock root, 11.5 g (.4 oz) oak bark, 7.6 g (.25 oz) cardamom pods, and 2 barspoons of Tonic Extract syrup (recipe from http://www.imbibemagazine.com/Homemade-Tonic-Water-Recipe). Let macerate in a sealed jar for 2 weeks, shaking daily. Filter, add 500 ml (16.5 oz) water to the residue and filter that. Blend the two and bottle it.

gaz sez: Naming your homemade bitters for me goes a long way toward getting your drink chosen for this book, but that’s not the only reason I chose this baby. I just love the way in which the sherry flirts with the Eagle Rare in this. It’s akin to salted caramel—the sherry boosts all the flavors of the whiskey. The bitters bind the drink, and they’re well worth making, too. Show me anything with burdock that’s not worth making. Takes me right back to my boyhood, it does.

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