The Chilly Maple Manhattan – a Toast to Surviving Winter

Chilly Maple ManhattanSeems like its been a tough winter on the streets of Manhattan. Every time we’d turn on the news it seemed like everyone was digging themselves out from another foot of snow.

Let’s raise our glasses to surviving winter and forgetting about gloves, coats and mitts until next year. It’s time to gather ourselves up and head for the patios, rooftops and cafes to share good times. So, in honour of spring here’s a variation on the classic Manhattan with just enough maple syrup to sweeten things up.


  • 2 oz Maker’s Mark
  • 1/4 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1/4 oz maple syrup
  • dash or two of Angostura bitters

Combine the bourbon, sweet vermouth, maple syrup and bitters in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake several times, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a cherry on a pick for a garnish.

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Make it Another Old-Fashioned!

Week 3 Cocktal: The Old Fashioned

Week 3 Cocktal: The Old Fashioned

In Week 3 of Mad Men we saw Don Draper make a quick escape from Roger Sterling’s Derby Day party and head for the bar. After a stylish jump across the bar we watched as Don made an ‘Old Fashioned’ for himself and his new friend Connie. (is this Conrad Hilton?)

At we could not let this go unnoticed, and so for Week 4 of the Online Cocktail Party we’re making up a couple of Old Fashioneds.

The Old Fashioned is arguably the first Cocktail, and was created around 1900 by Colonel James E. Pepper, a bourbon distiller based in Kentucky, and the bartender at the Pendennis Club in Louisville. It was once known as the “palate-paralyzer’ and Cole Porter even wrote a song in its honour, ‘Make It Another Old Fashioned.


  • Bourbon (1 2/3 oz)
  • Angostura bitters (dash)
  • Sugar Cube (1)
  • Club Soda


  1. Place sugar cube in old-fashioned glass and soak with Angostura
  2. Add a dash of soda and crush the sugar cube with the back of a bar spoon
  3. Add the bourbon, then top with soda and stir
  4. Garnish with a slice or orange and a maraschino cherry
  5. Add a twist of lemon and drink


The Classic Manhattan – #Madtini Featured Cocktail for Week 2 of Mad Men Season 3

Preparing to make the Classic Manhattan

Preparing to make the Classic Manhattan

Mmmmm the Manhattan…. or maybe I should call it the Madhattan… is one of my favourite cocktails. Perhaps not as trendy currently as the Martini or the Cosmopolitan it’s still a classic and was a favourite in the 1960s.

Depending on where you find your recipe the Manhattan is made with whiskey, rye whiskey, Canadian whiskey, Tennessee whiskey, bourbon or even scotch. Personally, I’ve always favoured the Manhattan as made with Jack Daniels (Tennessee whiskey) and that’s what @RandyMatheson and I are making tonight. The classic Manhattan – whiskey, sweet vermouth and a maraschino cherry to garnish. Yum!

Served in a cocktail (martini) glass it’s sure to bring you right into the spirit of the Sterling-Cooper offices ;)

Classic Manhattan

2.5 ounces whiskey
3/4 ounce sweet vermouth
1 dash Angostura® Bitters
1 Maraschino cherry

In a mixing glass combine whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters with 2 or 3 ice cubes stirring gently so as not to bruise the spirits and cloud the mixture.

Strain into a chilled cocktail (martini) glass and garnish with a Maraschino cherry and a curl of orange peel if desired.