Friday, October 10, 2014

Happy Hour: Elderflower Manhattan

The other night, Austin and I went to a barbecue at a friend's house and it was all pretty ordinary.  The burgers and brats weren't too crazy, the beer wasn't noteworthy, the company was good, but not weird.

Then we went into the basement.  Then we went into the sub-basement.
...And we found a speakeasy!

A legitimate prohibition-era speakeasy.  A 1920s homemade bar, ceiling supports made out of airplane parts, a hidden door. The whole, extraordinary thing!

The type of abnormal experience that makes you want to dress up in period-specific costumes, drink a strong cocktail and just generally pretend like you're friends with Gatsby.
1 oz. rye whiskey
1/2 oz. elderflower syrup
1 oz. sweet vermouth
dash bitters
maraschino cherry

1.  Mix whiskey, elderflower syrup and vermouth in a rocks glass filled with ice.

2.  Top with dash of bitters and a maraschino cherry.

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