Friday Happy Hour at Home – The Metropolitan

Friday Happy Hour at Home – The Metropolitan

I think one of the great gifts to receive unexpectedly is booze. Someone brings over a bottle of wine, a case of beer, or when cleaning out their home, unused liquor!   Recently some friends of ours were doing just that and dropped off two bottles of brandy, Drambuie, and a bottle of Campari. I didn’t know of many cocktails with brandy as the base, so did a little research and discovered: The Metropolitan.

The Metropolitan, IMHO, is simply a classic Manhattan and is actually sometimes called a “Brandy Manhattan.” The bourbon is subbed out and brandy is the more-than-adequate replacement.  It has a little sugar, bitters, sweet vermouth, and of course is garnished with a cherry.  Served classically in a frozen martini glass, it has a nice and pleasant “classic” cocktail feel.


The Metropolitan

2 oz Brandy
3 dashes citrus bitters
1 oz sweet vermouth
1/2 oz simple syrup
cherry for garnish

Place all ingredients in cocktail shaker or glass, fill with ice, and stir about 15 times. Strain into chilled martini glass.


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