Mad Men Twist on Classic Manhattan Cocktail

April 13, 2012 | by —mollie campbell | Homepage

In honor of Mad Men’s recent return, LA mixologist Damian Windsor partnered with light-bodied bourbon, Basil Hayden's, to create a cocktail called Draper's Manhattan.

Inspired by the show’s leading man, Don Draper, the drink is a twist on the classic city-named cocktail that combines sweet vermouth, luxe cherries, orange bitters, and Basil Hayden's spicy bourbon. Admirers of the AMC series will be able to call themselves true enthusiasts after sipping this drink—Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner recently hailed Basil Hayden's as his favorite bourbon and noted that it is often on-hand in the writer's room.

Basil Hayden's® Draper's Manhattan by Damian Windsor

2 parts Basil Hayden's® Bourbon
3/4 parts Dolin® Blanc Vermouth de Chambery
1 bar spoon Luxardo® Maraschino Cherries
1 dash orange biters

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass with ice and stir until combined. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange twist.

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