March 14, 2014 – The Republic Steakhouse
1/2 oz. dry vermouth
1/2 oz. vermouth rosso
1 oz. Scotch
Dash orange bitters (or Angostura bitters)
Stir in a mixing glass with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
The Scotch was Johnny Walker Black; a good choice considering I had never tasted Scotch before (yes… I know… I am ashamed). A note in the book indicates that this is basically a Scotch Manhattan, and I totally agree. Overall, this is a little smoother than a bourbon Manhattan, with just a little bit of smokiness up front. I liked the combination of both dry and sweet vermouth (not a surprise, that’s what I like in my Manhattans); not a lot of sweetness and just the right amount of herb. If for some reason bourbon wasn’t to hand, I could do very nicely with these.