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 Day 41, Cocktail 33

Gwen and I have belonged to a dining group that meets monthly for several years now.  The gatherings are always fun and the food is good.  Yesterday’s theme was Tailgaiting and we expected to be outdoors at another one of our member’s home.  Unfortunately, the weather was completely uncooperative and we ended up subbing as last minute hosts since we have a bit more room indoors.  

So what does this all have to do with cocktails?  Well, I was expecting to take beer to the event – it’s a classic with tailgate food.  But, since we were hosting at our home, well, the Twilight Lounge was calling.  I started off with a couple of bourbon and colas to keep it simple.  However, by the time we were done with dinner Mark and I started messing around in the bar with Cherry Heering.  Mark came up with a really good concoction using rye, Cherry Heering, lemon juice, simple syrup and lemon mint.  Hopefully I’ll get the recipe from him soon to post (my memory of the exact recipe is a bit fuzzy).  During the course of our experimentation Mark suggested trying a Manhattan using the Cherry Heering.  It sounded like a good idea to me! 

  Cherry Manhattan 

  • 2oz Russell Reserve Rye
  • 1/2 oz Cherry Heering liqueur
  • dash of Angosturo bitters

Combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker over several ice cubes.  Shake to mix and chill.  Serve in a chilled cocktail glass.  Garnish with a cocktail cherry (not a maraschino cherry!). 

The Cherry Heering works wonderfully with the rye to give a neat, spring flavor to this classic cocktail.  I enjoyed this one thoroughly and will be having one again soon!  

Have you ever experimented with new ingredients in a classic cocktail?  If so, let me know what you did and how it turned out! 

Cheers!

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