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Jan 29, 2007 10:46 AM

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.

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    1. 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.

      1. Yeah, I'm with you both but I'm looking for other drinks since I already make and am a huge fan of the ones you've mentioned.

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        1. re: Unpossible

          Oop, sorry about that, I misunderstood the question. I look forward to reading the replies you get!

        2. 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.

          1. The Maple Leaf:

            3 Parts Buffao Trace or Woodford Reserve
            1-2 Parts lemon juice
            1 part maple syrup

            shake over ice and serve over the same ice. garnish with a lemon

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            1. re: jpschust

              After reading your intriguing recipe, my husband and I tried these this weekend. We LOVED them and plan to make them for bourbon-loving friends next weekend. Thanks for the recipe!

              1. re: cherie

                Of course :) The key is getting a bit more lemon juice in there than maple syrup. I love sharing this recipe- I totally stole it from a restaurant in that I tasted it there and went home and recreated it myself.

                1. re: jpschust

                  Wow, I'm going to try this. There was a winter porter that Sam Adams used to produce that was maple tinged that was excellent.

              2. re: jpschust

                I had one of these at Green Street in Cambridge, MA on Saturday. First time I had seen it.. great cocktail!