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I was surprised that so many bars defaulted to bourbon instead of rye. I guess this town's affinity for bourbon is just too strong to deny. I was pleased to see the prevalence of Carpano Antica vermouth (expensive but worth it) and Luxardo maraschino cherries (also expensive but worth it).
Between our Smackdown competitors, Holeman & Finch's Manhattan rose above the rest, a paragon of lovingly stirred rye and vermouth harmony. Leon's Full Service was just a notch behind, with a similar drink made with a more affordable whiskey, and H. Harper Station's Manhattan circa 1890 proved a worthy detour away from the classic 2 to 1 ratio.
Many will say that the best Manhattan is the one in front of you. That can certainly be true at the end of a long day, but the wide diversity of approaches to this classic drink is proof enough that a great Manhattan is worth going out of your way for.
Thanks. I guess there are some caul fat haters on this board. I like the…
not only is this a well written article, it makes me want to go out…
Breakfast with Santa, something great for the kids.
@TheGorgeousJR: "[It is] very inexpensive; we sell it at the shop. You can get it…
Where can you buy caul fat?