Friday, December 3, 2010

Introducing the Holiday Cocktail Hour

As of late tomorrow afternoon, D and I will be on a plane on what will be the first of several flights that will take us from Denver to London to New Delhi to Kathmandu. Yup, it's December and we're headed to the Himalayas in Nepal. To say I'm excited would be quite the understatement -- even if it will be really (really!) cold in the mountains. I have a feeling the views will make up for it.

Though we will be out of the country for three weeks (and likely not near to many, if any, Internet connections), no worries, as the blog will still continue to have new posts each weekday during our absence. Since it's the holiday season and thus also the season of holiday parties, I've dedicated the month of December on the blog to holiday cocktails and other fun concoctions to make and drink!

So, happy holidays to you and yours -- and I'll see you back here sometime during the last week of December. And, to start it off, let's begin with a classic -- The Manhattan.

makes one cocktail

3/4 oz sweet vermouth
2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey
1 dash bitters
1 sweet (or maraschino) cherry

1. Add ice cubes to a cocktail shaker.
2. Pour in the sweet vermouth, bourbon, and bitters. Shake gently to combine.
3. Place a sweet cherry (or maraschino cherry, but, gah! the ingredients!) in the bottom of a small cocktail glass.
4. Pour the bourbon mixture into the glass.
5. Serve!

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