JG's been spending a lot of time in the lab lately. He says his research is going well, but the other night he came home rather frustrated because the computer he was using to run his experiments died and he was going to have to take some time away from his actual research to calibrate a new one.
The man needed a nice drink. Martinis and Manhattans have always been our friends, but the recent infrequency of hard alcohol consumption in our apartment had left the bar a little understocked. We had no gin, so the martini was definitely out (we don't believe in vodka martinis here). We had rye whiskey but no sweet vermouth or Angostura bitters -- and at this point I think JG might have been on the verge of saying something unkind about our hybrid.
[Yes, I tasted it and it was delicious.... I couldn't put a recipe up I haven't tasted, could I?]
A note about the cherries. I think maraschino cherries are foul and always omitted them from my Manhattan. Then, ~5 years ago, I happened to have a Manhattan at a place called The Pegu Club in Manhattan and they served it with the most wonderful, dense, dark, richly flavored and not-too-sweet amarena cherry. It took me a bit of research to figure out what they were -- a small preserved sour cherry from italy -- and even longer to find them in a specialty store but they are _so_ worth it. [You can easily order the pictured Fabbri brand online, but they're a little sweeter.] Their flavor is wickedly decadent. If maraschinos are The Monkees, amarenas are The Rolling Stones, know what I'm sayin'?
Recipe: The Second Trimester [or 2nd Tri]
Manhattans are usually stirred, but I'd bought JG a new insulated shaker for his birthday in the fall and it hadn't seen much love... so the 2nd Tri is a shaken drink that could be stirred.
1 shot rye whiskey
1/2 shot blanc vermouth
5 dashes Peychaud's bitters
handful of ice cubes
2 amarena cherries, for garnish
Combine all ingredients except cherries in a cocktail shaker. Shake vigorously until the violence has left you. Pour in a martini or rocks glass and garnish with cherries.