The drink, not the borough. Well, sure, the borough too, but mostly the drink. If you are looking to stock a truly lovely Manhattan, here is a list of tools, ingredients, and directions:
Tools / Ingredients:
– Luxardo Maraschino Cherries: $24
– Tovolo KING CUBE trays: $8.50
– Dolin’s Blanc Vermouth de Chambery: $13
– Angostura Bitters: $14
– Woodford Reserve Bourbon: $38
Some sort of measuring device, and some sort of shaker (I’m assuming you have something in this department).
Total cost, roughly $100. The bitters lasts forever, and you don’t have to buy the trays again. Still, this is not a cheap endeavor.
How to do it up:
1. In a short glass (an ‘old-fashioned’ glass), plop in a giant, perfectly square ice cube. Admire how it fills the glass. Place a smaller ice cube(s) in the shaker.
2. Into the shaker add:
– 2 oz. bourbon
– 1/2 oz. vermouth
– 1-2 shakes of bitters
– a very modestly-spooned dribble of cherry syrup from the cherry jar
3. Shake shake shake. Strain over the giant ice cube.
4. Add 1-2 cherries, with another dribble of syrup.
This makes a wallop of a drink (i.e., mix alcohol with alcohol), but with a bit of sweetness from the vermouth and syrup. Seriously worth it.