As you probably know by now, when I have a new ingredient in my bar, I like to take it out for a spin or two. A couple weeks ago, we tried out a cocktail called the Boulevardier, which, along with bourbon and sweet vermouth, has Campari as one of its main ingredients.
It was a little too bitter for me. In the end, I thought the Campari overpowered the other flavors too much — but the jury is still out as to whether my appreciation will increase with time. So, when the hubby suggested we try out a Special Manhattan, which includes the same ingredients as the Boulevardier, only with different proportions, I was intrigued. And, I enjoyed the result very much.
The lower proportion of Campari and higher proportion of sweet vermouth really make a difference and, in my humble opinion, balances this drink out. It’s not too sweet, and not too bitter — it’s just right. And I think that’s pretty special, myself.
- 1¾ oz bourbon
- ½ oz sweet vermouth
- ¼ oz Campari
- maraschino cherry for garnish
- Combine the bourbon, sweet vermouth and Campari in a large mixing glass with ice. Stir vigorously and strain into a cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a maraschino cherry.