How To Make The Perfect Manhattan Cocktail


 The perfect Manhattan cocktail starts with a good rye whiskey like Jefferson's Straight Rye Whiskey. This rye is well rounded with spice and mint notes. The very next thing needed for a perfect Manhattan, and the most important in my opinion, is sweet vermouth.   Using a good quality sweet vermouth is the difference between a great cocktail and a bad one.

I have two favorite types of sweet vermouth I like to use.  The first is Antica Sweet Vermouth.  This stuff is classic and amazing.  It's sweet without being over powering with just a slight hint of herbal notes.  This is my stand-by vermouth.

If I'm feeling adventurous I'll go with Punt e Mes Vermouth.  This vermouth has a much more complex and herbal quality.

So here is the perfect recipe for a perfect Manhattan!

2 oz Rye Whiskey
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
1 dash Angoustura Bitters
1/2 dash Orange Bitters

Roasted Asparagus Fettucini with Peas, Mint, and Grated Gruyere

Although asparagus and peas are not technically in season, this pasta dish is one of my favorites to make during a warm Summer night.  Roasted on my outdoor grill, the asparagus takes on a sweet and smoky flavor that pairs well with the peas and mint.

Finished with a bit of pasta water, grated Gruyere, and a sprinkling of red pepper flakes, this fresh and bright dish is best eaten al fresco with a nicely chilled white wine.

Heirloom Tomato Salad With Fresh Oregano And Red Wine Vinaigrette

Nothing says Summer like a fresh tomato salad made with heirloom tomatoes straight from the garden. My tomato plants this year are slow to produce so I'll be enjoying a late Summer harvest, but luckily I was able to enjoy just a few early this season.

When I have good tomatoes I don't like to mess with them too much. I make a light red wine vinaigrette with a bit of garlic and olive oil and toss the tomatoes with fresh oregano. I salt the salad at the very end so it doesn't get too watery.

Eaten with crusty french or sourdough bread, this tomato salad is pure heaven!