Manhattan Recipe from David Mastromatteo of LoMo

Sometimes a really great mixed drink takes more than three ingredients

photo by susan laughlin

*Editor's Note: Unfortunately, we learned that LoMo closed just after publication of this recipe.

I asked bartender David Mastromatteo at LoMo for a Perfect Manhattan and he came up with this mix. In my estimation it was perfect, not too sweet with a nice hint of orange and plenty of depth of flavor from a creative addition of other liquors and liqueurs for enjoying each sip. Each of the ingredients here are historic beverages.

2 ounces Old Overholt Rye (part of a triad marketed by Jim Beam as The Olds with the others being Old Crow and Old Grand-Dad)

3/4 ounce Carpano Antica Vermouth (sweet high-end red vermouth, smooth and not too sweet)

1/4 ounce Dolan Vermouth de Chambéry

Dash of Cardamaro Amaro (Italian herbal bitter sweet liqueur)

3 dashes of Regan's Orange Bitters

Luxardo cherry

  • Mastromatteo first rinses the glass in a swish of Dekuyper Crème de Cocoa.
  • Pour all of the bourbon and vermouth over ice in a metal cocktail shaker. (If you are serious about making good drinks at home, the ice should be from filtered water when necessary.)
  • Stir for 15-30 seconds (making sure not to cause any bubbles or too much agitation).
  • Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Add bitters and cherry; stir once more very briefly.




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