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Jun 27, 2006 01:16 AM

Maker's Mark

my favorite spirit.....what's good to mix with? I usually do a maker's and coke or a maker's and ginger ale...simple enough...

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  1. Try a Manhattan Cocktail, an all time classic. You can very the proportions to suite your taste, but here's the basic idea:

    3 parts whiskey
    1 part sweet vermouth
    Dash of bitters

    Shake in a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and pour into a martini glass. Top with a maraschino cherry. You can also serve it on the rock, of course. Also, vermouth is cheap -- so get a good quality one to go with your good whiskey. I like Noilly Prat and Cinzano.

    6 Replies
    1. re: Darren72

      Agreed, Makers Mark Manhattans are the only way to go.

      My favorite vermouth is Vya:

      It's tough to find, but worth it.

      1. re: Darren72

        Makers Mark makes a great Manhattan but the sweet vermouth is too much. Try half dry and half sweet for a Perfect Manhattan but even better, use all dry vermouth. And don't forget the bitters.

        ;-) And don't forget to start branding your sour cherries for your garnish right now.

        1. re: JudiAU

          We like "Perfect Manhattans" too and only use Noilly Pratt vermouths. If you can find the Tipsy Cherries from Sable and Rosenfeld, they are soaked in bourbon they are a nice addition.

          Many years ago when I was doing my waitress stint, the restaurant only had a service bar and we had to make out customer's drinks. I remember hearing a customer order a Perfect Manhattan and the newbie replied "I'll do the best I can."

          1. re: JudiAU

            Agreed...I've also substituted Punt y Mes (an aperitif) for the vermouth to good effect


          2. re: Darren72

            I just love these, a little too much perhaps... I do like to cut the sweet by using half dry vermouth. And some bartender recently told me that the bitters didn't matter. Hah! That's the last time I'll order a Manhattan from him.

            1. re: Ellen

              I'm a bartender and the bitters DO matter.

              Bitters are wonderful.

          3. I prefer Manhattans made with rye.

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            1. re: Atomica

              Well since he's asking how to use Maker's Mark, I didn't think it would be helpful to give him rye whiskey recipes....

              1. re: Darren72

                And I thought it was a worthy answer to "Makers Mark Manhattans are the only way to go," because in my opinion, they're not. I think it's worthy to give the poster another perspective on the Manhattan.

                1. re: Atomica

                  I see your Rye Manhattan, and I raise you an Old Fashioned. By all rights, they oughta be rye, but ya just can't seem to keep the kids from plopping bourbon in there.

                  My current bourbon fave is a tarted-up Bourbon Sour.

                  2 oz. bourbon
                  1 oz. lemon juice
                  3/4 oz. triple sec
                  2 generous dashes orange bitters

                  Shake with ice, pour into an ice-filled Collins glass, top with Schweppes Bitter Lemon, and drop in two sour and/or brandy-soaked cherries. Yum.

                  And have I mentioned Bourbon Slush? I grew up in KY, and this appeared at EVERY party.

                  Bourbon slush

                  12 oz. lemonade frozen concentrate
                  6 oz. orange juice frozen concentrate
                  2 c. sugar
                  2 c. hot strong tea
                  2-3 c. bourbon (hey - it's your funeral)
                  7 c. water

                  Freeze in a plastic container. When fairly solid, scoop into tumblers, and top with ginger ale or lemon-lime soda.

                  Pure, slushy, yummity joy.


                  1. re: kittywithawhippet

                    I see your Old Fashioned and your Manhattan (made with rye as is appropriate) and raise you a Sazerac, the true New Orleans cocktail.

                    Into a cocktail shaker 1/2 filled with cubed ice add:
                    1.5 oz Rye Whiskey
                    2 drops Angosturra Bitters
                    5 drops Peychoud Bitters
                    1 teaspoon sugar
                    shake, shake, shake

                    Swirl a tablespoon of Herbsaint, Pernod, Ricard or any Absinthe of your choosing into a lowball or cocktail glass - coating the sides
                    (some people then toss the remains out, i do not) and pour the shaker contents into the glass.

                    Garnish with a lemon twist.


            2. I agree with the Rye Manhattan. It was first made with Rye when created but of course, tastes vary. Some recipes for Maker's Mark though:
              Whiskey Smash - 2oz. MM, 2-3 lemon 'half moons', 6-8 pieces of mint (if small use half amount or to taste) 1.5 tsp of superfine sugar or .5oz simple syrup (this can be to taste as well) Put lemons, mint & sugar in the bottom of highball glass, muddle, add MM, ice then top with soda or flat water.

              S.F. Fog - 2oz. MM, 3 dashes Orange flower water, 1/4 oz of Orgeat (almond syrup), 1 egg white, SHAKE the hell out of it, strain into chilled cocktail glass, sprinkle with grated orange peel

              Gold Rush - 2oz. MM, 3/4oz fresh Lemon juice, 3/4oz runny Honey (dilute 1cup Honey with .25cup of HOT water) Shake & Strain into chilled cocktail glass, lemon twist

              1. The only thing Maker's Mark needs is a side glass of water.

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                1. re: Janet

                  Janet me'thinks you are spitting in the wind. But I agree a bourbon a good as MM should not be covered up with all that sugar. The only thing I add is ice. I use to ask for MM and a splash but got so tired of being drowned I had to climb up on the rocks.

                  1. re: Janet

                    Agreed. Ya want a cocktail? Use cheap whiskey and doll that up.

                  2. Stilleto...

                    Shot of bourbon, shot of almond liquor, rocks.

                    Swig, repeat.