It has been another long week-I thought Friday would never get here. It did. Let’s start this weekend in style with High West Distillery’s 36th Vote Barreled Manhattan. Being a huge fan of the The Traditional Manhattan, I was quite skeptical of this new spirit. There is no reason for skepticism as the barreled Manhattan is every bit as good, stylish, and classic as the original. To start, who would have thought that a distillery in Utah (of all places) was making excellent whiskey. High West Distillery and Saloon was founded by Proprietor and distiller David Perkins in Old Town Park City. The 36th Vote Barreled Manhattan commemorates Utah’s role as the deciding vote to end Prohibition. Yes, that’s right, Utah! High West has concocted a pre-Prohibition recipe of two parts rye whiskey to one part sweet vermouth and two dashes of bitters. It is then aged in an American white oak barrel for 90 days, allowing the flavors to integrate and develop before bottling. The end result is a smooth, sexy, spicy, herbal, well-balanced, timeless cocktail, rugged enough for a man, sexy enough for a woman. High West also captured the essence of this drink with it’s understated, custom packaging. The apothecary bottle with cork topper and classic motif exudes timeless old west attitude. My favorite way to enjoy is in a cocktail tumbler with a large ice cube.
Eat, Love, Drink, Live, Be Merry, and have a curated weekend!