If you like a Manhattan, try this cocktail, which adds cognac to the mix. It became popular during the 19th-century heyday of Saratoga Springs, where New York's sporting classes retreated for horse races, gambling and leisure. This is a slight variation on the original recipe, the only difference being that the drink was to be shaken. It's much better stirred.
- 1 ounce rye whiskey, preferably Wild Turkey Straight 101
- 1 ounce cognac, preferably Pierre Ferrand Ambre
- 1 ounce sweet vermouth, preferably Martini & Rossi
- 2 dashes Angostura bitters
- Quarter-slice lemon, for garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker two-thirds full with ice, then add the rye whiskey, cognac, vermouth and bitters. Stir well, then strain into a martini glass. Garnish with the slice of lemon.
Adapted from bartender Jerry Thomas's 1887 recipe in "Imbibe!" by David Wondrich (Perigee Trade, 2007).
Tested by Michael Taylor.
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