For this riff on the Perfect Manhattan, which uses equal parts sweet and dry vermouth, Matt Piacentini subs in oloroso sherry for the dry vermouth, which adds a subtle, mouthwateringly salty hint that still plays well with the remaining measure of sweet vermouth. “A lot of bartenders are finding that a bit of saline works well in drinks,” Piacentini comments. “It just adds a dynamic to it.”
- 2 ounces rye
- 1/2 ounce sweet vermouth
- 1/2 ounce oloroso sherry
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Garnish: brandied cherry or lemon twist
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass over ice and stir until chilled.
- Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a brandied cherry or lemon twist.