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.
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.