What are your favorite bourbon/rye drinks to make at home?
Looking to expand my horizons and get away from classic cocktails that involve lemon/lime/orange juice as I have been making a ton of those as of late (i.e. Ward Eights, Bourbon Squashes, Derby Cocktails, etc.)
Want to make/find more drinks in the vein of the Old Fashioned, Manhattan and Sazerac. I'm pretty well stocked bitters-wise if that helps.
Any help greatly appreciated. Thanks.
I very much like Manhattans served with a big, bloody slice of prime rib. But I'm pretty sure I'm not making my Manhattans correctly (few glugs of Woodford Reserve bourbon, small amount of sweet vermouth, usually forget the bitters, add to ice-filled shaker, shake, pour, garnish with a couple of maraschino cherries). Works for me, but I would welcome tuition.
The Brooklyn is very nice. Here's my version:
2 ounces rye or bourbon
1 ounce sweet vermouth
1/2 oz Maraschino liqueur
1 dash Amer Picon (hard to find: orange bitters is a decent substitute)
Stir (don't shake) with lots of ice, strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of orange.