The Manhattan, served in a crystal martini glass, and prepared as my father served it. But when he ordered it, he always cautioned the bartender, “just a drop of vermouth … just wave the vermouth over the drink.”
Fill a shaker with ice and add the following ingredients:
2 c. Canadian Club Whiskey or Korbel Brandy
Less than a capful of sweet Vermouth
Stir and pour into a chilled martini glass. Top with a twist of lemon or drop in a maraschino cherry. Makes 4 cocktails.
This is my father’s coveted Old Fashioned, served lovingly and on trays at the best of family celebrations. Each drink is made individually.
Dad’s Old Fashioned
1. Put a sugar cubes into an old fashioned glass.
2. Shake the bitters over the sugar cubes so the bitters soak into the cubes. Then smash the sugar cubes and fill the glass with ice.
3. Pour over with 2½ shot of any whiskey or brandy (recommend Jack Daniels).
4. Add selzer to fill the glass ~ more whiskey than selzer.
5. Garnish with a slice of orange, a maraschino cherry and cinnamon stick.
A traditional, festive recipe from my Irish father.
Dad’s Tom & Jerry
1½ lbs. XXX sugar (powdered or confectioner’s sugar)
Make a batter by first separating the eggs. Beat the whites to a stiff and dry froth, adding about ½ of the sugar to the whipped egg whites. Beat yolks until thick, about 5 min. adding a little sugar. Then mix the whites and yolks together in a Tom and Jerry bowl, adding the remaining sugar slowly and a little at a time until the batter is stiff.
Serve as follows: Fill Tom & Jerry mug with1 – 2 tbsp. of the egg mixture, (about ¼ of the mug). Add 3/4 jigger * rum, ¼ jigger * whiskey to each mug, stir well. Then fill, a little at a time while stirring continuously, the mug with boiling water. Grate nutmeg on top. Serve.
* Note a jigger is about 1½ fluid oz. (U.S.)