Thursday, May 21, 2015

Bulk Bartending: Make-Ahead Manhattans

bottled-manhattan-negroniWhen company comes calling or you hit that point in the day when you’re beyond ready to settle down with an evening sip, there’s nothing more convenient than having your go-to cocktail already mixed and waiting. And if you don’t happen to have a personal bartender on staff, having a bottle of premade cocktail chilling in your fridge is just about the next best thing. Stirring up a bulk batch of favorite cocktails is as simple as mixing up a single drink—just combine your spirits and funnel into a bottle for storing. Seriously, all that’s left to do is pour, stir, and enjoy. —Jordan Mackay

Bottled Manhattans
Pro-tip: A recycled wine or liquor bottle is the perfect vessel for storing cocktails; clean thoroughly with hot water or in the dishwasher, and let dry completely before refilling.

2     cups rye whiskey
1     cup sweet (Italian) vermouth
2     teaspoons Angostura bitters
12    orange twists
12    maraschino cherries

1. Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl; stir gently.

2. Funnel mixture into a clean 750-milliliter bottle, leaving an inch of headroom at top of bottle; seal with a cork or cap. Store in refrigerator or in a cool, dark place for long aging.

3. To make 1 cocktail, pour 2 ounces whiskey mixture into a pint glass filled with ice. Stir rapidly for 20 to 30 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass or tumbler filled with ice. Garnish with an orange twist and a maraschino cherry.

SERVES 12 (serving size: about 2 ounces)
CALORIES 128; FAT 0g; PROTEIN 0g; CARB 5g; FIBER 0g; CHOL 0mg; IRON 0mg; SODIUM 2mg; CALC 4mg

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