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Uses for orange flower water and orange bitters?
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From: Seattilite Telstar
Posted: 2005-12-11 07:08 am   Permalink

Most of the older recipes for the Manhattan call for orange bitters (eventually just changed to bitters as orange bitters became hard to locate...And probably general ignorance/and or indifference helped as well). The Manhattan is a good drink for orange bitters to shine in as the only other ingredients are bourbon (another modern change, it was commonly rye or Canadian whiskey in the old recipes and that's still the way to go with a lot of folks) and sweet vermouth.

The Manhattan is a classic cocktail which most everyone has heard of but many have never tried, so it makes a great offering for guests who like to try new things. Just about anyone with taste likes them. (For the others there's always the dry vodka Martini.)

Recipes vary with ratio of bourbon to sweet vermouth usually being the largest difference (and there are also recipes that call for dry vermouth). Experimentation on the way to your ideal Manhattan is a fortunate necessity.

The Manhattan also makes a good guest drink as it ideally should be made in a pitcher, so making several at once is easy. (To quote thejab "The only thing worse than a shaken martini is a shaken Manhattan full of foam that won't go away.")

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