submitted by Stephen Root

Drinking a Manhattan reminds me of my dad, RC Root, a Wyoming cowboy who wasn’t comfortable in Manhattan unless he was having one.


  • 2 oz of Rye Whisky (preferably Canadian) I like Wiser’s 18 (can also use your choice of any high end bourbon)

  • ½ capful of crème de cassis

  • A dash of Bitters

  • 1 drop of vanilla extract


  1. Shake vigorously in a small cocktail shaker half-filled with crushed ice

  2. Pour into a chilled martini glass or highball, if you must

  3. Garnish with two Luxardo cherries

  4. Garnish with an orange peel twist

  5. Garnish with an lemon peel twist

  6. Sip slowly while preparing your next one

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