I still drink a close adaptation from Harry’s book, taught to me by my parents. This was our traditional Thanksgiving Day libation, after the hunt, a woodland hike or the football game. we lived in a cool climate, often snowing in November, near Manhattan. I love the deep, rich, mahogany hue of this old New York favorite.
Harry’s Bar Manhattan…serves one
1 1/2 ounces rye whiskey
1 ounce dry vermouth
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon grenadine
few dashed orange bitters
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake well, strain into a chilled Manhattan (martini) glass and serve. Garnish with a lemon twist or red cherry.
Just thinking of this traditional cocktail makes me long to put on a black dress, high heels and red lipstick.
The New Times recently reprinted a version of this Manhattan cocktail.