Brown – Recipe from the ‘Old Waldorf Bar Guide’
Two dashes Orange Bitters
One-half French Vermuth
This was me feeling like a Manhattan, and finding this as a close approximation. Trying this really highlights how well Italian vermouth goes with whisky in comparison, although to rubbish this entirely would be quite mean as its actually a damn nice drink.
The French vermouth being a lot lighter really freshens up the drink, my perfect location for a Manhattan would be in a plush bar, or after sunset somewhere not to warm (so no to the tropics, in fact a Manhattan would almost be the exact opposite of what I’d want on a desert island. Desert island = Pina Colada) this drink is a lot lighter and fresher and is a much better lunch cocktail somewhere sunny and warm, like London in July.
The orange bitters are really a key part of this drink, and pair wonderfully with the vermouth, overall this drink is well worth a try, just make sure your drinking this in the correct terroir.