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Friday, October 30, 2009

Cocktail Friday :)

I've decided to implement a new domestic tradition...Cocktail Friday! I figure it's a great way to usher in the weekend, try new things, and learn the art of mixing drinks.

So for the inaugural drink (drumroll, please)...

The Manhattan

Equal parts whiskey and sweet vermouth (for the sweet version), this cocktail is a classic--a favorite of Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack, as well as the ladies of Sex and the City (in addition to the Cosmopolitan, of course). But more importantly, it was the signature cocktail of my beloved grandfather, who would have celebrated his 99th birthday today. Every big holiday would find him mixing a pitcher of his Manhattans--measuring by eye, of course, and then by heart when his vision grew poor. One part alchemist, all parts gracious host, he'd supply us all with his specialty drink throughout cocktail hour. It's just one more thing I'm going to miss as our first holiday season without him approaches....but tonight, I'm raising my glass to a classic.


  1. Na zdorovlya, Tatu! Happy Birthday, Dad.

    Nice job, Lali-it's memories like this that are burned so deeply in the fabric of growing up. One of my fondest memories is the excitement of Christmas Eve when Dad would be all fluffed and buffed in his suit, ready for company & Santa, and preparing his annual Manhattans. He always used Bourbon, he added more water, and his secret was a teaspoon or 2 of sugar...Mnohaya lita, Dyadi.

  2. Yup, got the bourbon and the Martini & Rossi sweet vermouth I know he liked. That was sweet enough for me, though! Thanks for the comment, Teta Ala, and great website! Hadn't seen that before...