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Weekend cocktail

I thought I’d share some of the vintage cocktails in my book ‘100 Cocktails: How To Mix Them’. There’s no publication date on this recipe book but I’m pretty sure it’s 1930s. I picked it up for just 99p at Oxfam, which is fab for old books.

This weekend, in celebration of Obama’s victory, here’s a Manhattan –

1/4 gill (a gill is about a quarter of a pint) of Canadian Club Whiskey

1/4 gill of Italian Vermouth

1 or 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters

1 Cherry

1/2 tumblerful of broken ice

Half fill a tumbler with broken ice and first add the Canadian Club Whiskey, then the Italian Vermouth and the Angostura Bitters. Stir well and pass through a strainer into a cocktail glass. Serve with a cherry.

One of the best-known cocktails: it deserves to be a favourite, my little book says.

Chin chin to Obama!

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