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
1/2 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!