It’s National Cocktail Day!

It's National Cocktail Day!

It’s National Cocktail Day!

While we sit through our lockdowns during the Coronavirus Pandemic, take some time to celebrate National Cocktail Day.

It’s a good thing the liquor stores are considered “essential.”

The GolfBlogger’s favorites are the Old Fashioned, and the Manhattan. Here’s how to make them:

Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned was reportedly invented in Louisville, Kentucky in the late 1880s.

1/2 Ounce Simple Syrup
2 Ounces Bourbon
2 Dashes Bitters
1 maraschino cherry
Orange Peel Garnish

Combine the simple syrup and bitters in an old-fashioned glass. Fill with ice, stir. Squeeze the orange peel over the ice. Add the whiskey and stir again.

For a really tasty concoction, make some Basil Simple Syrup. Put 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a pot. Add some basil leaves and bring to a boil. Cook until the leaves start to look wilted. For another variant, add some vanilla extract the simple syrup (in place fo the basil)

Manhattan

The origins of the Manhattan are murky. It obviously originated in New York, but sources disagree on whether it was created in the Manhattan Club, or at bars called The Hoffman House, the Stanwix Hall (of Bill the Butcher Fame), or the Metropolitan Hotel. Everyone agrees it came to be in the mid to late 1800s, though.

1 Ounce Rye
1/2 Ounce Sweet Vermouth
3 Dashes of Bitters
1 cherry

Pour the Rye, Vermouth and Bitters into a mixing glass with ice and stir. Once thoroughly chilled, strain into a cocktail glass.

For variety, try Bourbon instead of the Rye. If you’re really feeling adventurous, try Scotch (it’s called a Rob Roy, after the Scottish folk hero). Use a dry vermouth for a Dry Manhattan.

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