Tenth Drink of Christmas

For the tenth drink of Christmas, my bartender made for me, the Perfect Manhattan.

A lot of people seem to lean towards saccharine cocktails around this time of year, fortunately for you I am not one of those people. I prefer a nice dry cocktail. And the Manhattan is the perfect choice.


  • 2 ounces Kentucky bourbon
  • 1/2 fluid ounce sweet Italian vermouth
  • 1/2 fluid ounce dry French vermouth
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters

1. Stir the rye, vermouth and bitters well with cracked ice. Do not shake a Manhattan, there’s nothing wrong with shaking, really, but it will make it cloudy and topped with an algae-like foam.  It won’t taste any worse, although it’ll feel thinner on the tongue. And it will be ugly – we don’t do ugly.

2. Strain into in a chilled cocktail glass.
3. Garnish with orange twist. Refrain from adding a maraschino cherry.
4. Enjoy.
5. Repeat.
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Christian has been a cultural and style junkie since the age of 6; while most kids were swiping cookies, he was swiping his grandfathers' Patek Philippe. Raised to appreciate art, fashion,design and  literature (yeah, this one actually reads) by a single mother fondly called Jackie-O. Christian quickly went from childhood cultural capital thief to academia protégé. Referred to as the cat's meow by some, too clever by half by others, Christian eschewed the academic life and ran away to join the circus -the fashion circus. Several well-appointed positions later and a career on the rise would be most people's dream but it was time to say fuck off and start all over again.

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