The Preakness Manhattan

I’m aware that I’ve been dabbling around with random drinks without much focus. What I’ve chosen have all tended to be on the sweeter side, because those are my tastes and I don’t have an experienced palate when it comes to cocktails. I mean to get myself together and have a run of the classics, or at least small variations. This is an attempt at that. So no doubt next week I’ll be drinking fruit bombs again.

There are different recipes floating around for this drink, but I used the one in this article.

  • 2 oz Rye
  • 1 oz Sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 tsp Benedictine
  • 2 dashes bitters (I used Angostura)

Stir all the ingredients with ice, then strain into a cocktail glass.

preaknessIt’s hard to know how much dilution is needed because I have no idea what it’s supposed to taste like. I also found the technique I’ve read about to stir drinks with difficult, so I need to practice that. I just ended up swirling everything around with ice for a minute and straining it.

In the end, I find this just too strong. I’m not sure I’m ready for this level of booze yet, it’s just not something I can sit and sip and get much out of except a headache. There is of course the possibility that I haven’t stirred properly and diluted enough. I’ll mark this down as something I appreciated, but didn’t enjoy.

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