June 19, 2014 – The Republic Steakhouse
1/2 oz. dry vermouth
1/2 oz. vermouth rosso
1 oz. Scotch
Dash Angostura bitters
Stir in a mixing glass filled with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with cherry.
The Balvenie 12 year Scotch, Dolin dry vermouth, and Carpano Antica vermouth rosso. Also, on the rocks instead of up. This is basically a Perfect Scotch Manhattan, which pretty much automatically meant I was going to like it. The smokey edges of the Scotch were predictably rounded out by by the herbal dry and fruity rosso vermouths. I have yet to nail down exactly what the bitters does, but I do know it does something; a Manhattan just isn’t as good without it. This was so good, I ordered another, although I had Ryan leave off the dry vermouth and up the Scotch.