MANHATTAN -Function venue Melbourne, pool venue Melbourne
If there were no other reason to include this drink on this list, I’d still put the Manhattan here for the best reason of all: your grandmother drinks them.
Now, I’m pretty flexible on the Old Fashioned and the Martini. Mix an OF with mezcal or rhum agricole and I’ll shake your hand; shake up an ultra-dry martini, and I’ll drink it happily. But please, no weak bourbons in my Manhattan. Give me a bourbon with a muscular rye-heavy mashbill, or just give me rye to begin with.
Mix it sweet or mix it perfect (half sweet vermouth, half dry), but don’t bother with a dry Manhattan, seriously.
BROOKLYN – Function venue Melbourne, pool venue Melbourne
A Manhattan variation that launched a cocktail family of its own. The Brooklyn adapts the formula for a perfect Manhattan, which is rye or bourbon, dry vermouth, and sweet vermouth. The Brooklyn swaps the sweet for a blend of maraschino liqueur and amaro.
In fact, you can use lots of things in place of Picon. If you use Punt e Mes, you have a Red Hook cocktail, named after the Brooklyn neighborhood. Other Brooklyn nabes lend their names to other Brooklyn variations. The Greenpoint uses Chartreuse (yellow, though, strangely); the Bensonhurst calls for Cynar; and the Bushwick requires Carpano Antica vermouth in addition to the Amer Picon and maraschino. – Function venue Melbourne, pool venue Melbourne
DAIQUIRI – Function venue Melbourne, pool venue Melbourne
Here, with the daiquiri, you have what I call a perfect litmus-test cocktail. Whenever I get a new rum, I almost always want to try it two different ways—sipped with a little ice, and mixed into a daiquiri. I find that the lime and sugar in a daiquiri complement the rum and highlight its flavors. I learn more about a rum mixed into a daiquiri than I do by just sipping it on its own. The only exception, I find, are rich, funky rums, such as rhums agricole. These tend to overpower the other ingredients. – Function venue Melbourne, pool venue Melbourne
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