How to make a gentlemans drink: McKinley’s Delight

How to make a gentlemans drink: McKinley’s Delight


This is a flavorful twist on the classic Manhattan.

McKinley’s Delight is just a fantastic name for a cocktail and it makes me happy every time I make one. It does not hurt that the drink is also pretty delicious.

It is named after President McKinley, who was elected during a time when most politicians had signature drinks, and would often ply voters with them.

It seems the cocktail was originally gin-based, and more of a sour. How it evolved into a whiskey drink, no one seems quite sure, but I am glad it did. I love whisky.

This cocktail is a nice twist on a basic Manhattan, combining fruit flavors with the herbal notes of pastis to bring a lot of complexity to the drink.

The cherry liqueur really adds some brightness that a normal Manhattan lacks. I am currently really enjoying Rothman & Winter’s cherry offering, but you can not go wrong with Cherry Heering either.

2 oz. Bourbon (I used Russell’s Reserve)
.75 oz. Sweet Vermouth (Noilly Prat is good here)
.25 oz. Cherry Liqueur (Rothman & Winter is delicious)
.25 oz. Pastis (I went with Pernod)

Combine all ingredients over ice in a pint glass and stir thoroughly. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe. No garnish.


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