40 Things to Do Before I’m 40 – The Perfect Manhattan
I’m not really that familiar with Manhattans.
Back when I was in college, The Simpsons did the “Bart Joins the Mob” episode. In that episode the substitute bartender makes Fat Tony a Manhattan that generates the response “What have I done to deserve this flat, flavorless Manhattan”. Bart then is ordered to make Fat Tony a Manhattan (and his life, seemingly depends on it). Fat Tony pronounces Barts’ Manhattan to be “Su-poib”.
My friends and I still use the catchphrases “Su-poib” and “What have I done to deserve this flat, flavorless Manhattan”, regardless of if a Manhattan is involved.
So I asked some friends, and finally settled with the recipe that my friend Sally gave me. Sally went to bartender school and as a side gig does some bartender at weddings.
Here is her recipe:
2 part Southern Comfort
1 part Sweet Vermouth (I used Martini and Rossi Rosso)
Dash of Angostura bitters
4 ice cubes
Ice goes in glass, then add Southern Comfort, vermouth and bitters.
Feel the hairs on the back of your neck tingle.