Spirits & Wines

There are references to various cocktail recipes called "Manhattan" and served in the Manhattan area. By one account it was invented in the 1860s by a bartender named Black at a bar on Broadway near Houston Street. An early record of the cocktail can be found in William Schmidt's "The Flowing Bowl", published in 1891.

To prepare this classic:

· 2 oz rye whiskey

· 1/2 oz sweet vermouth

· 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters

· Maraschino cherry for garnish, marinated overnight in rye whiskey


1. Pour the ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes.

2. Stir well.

3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

4. Garnish with the cherry, marinated in rye whiskey

Sit back and sip...

Are you ready for the Beaujolais Nouveau?

The madness starts at one minute past midnight on the third Thursday of November, when Beaujolais Nouveau is officially released. More than half of the 60 million bottles of this French red wine leave their native villages in southern Burgundy to begin the journey by plane, ship, train, truck, motorcycle, elephant, rickshaw and foot to wine lovers around the world.

Beaujolais Nouveau is considered one of the most food-friendly of wines. It was a traditional bistro drink, after all, and so it complements bistro fare such as simple roast chicken, smoked ham, salmon, cold cuts and salads.


Beaujolais Nouveau is a wine to be enjoyed in the spirit of the celebration, with none of the usual sniffing and sipping reserved for more complex wines.

Beaujolais has often been called the only white wine that's red: its refreshing lightness is similar to white wine, as is the fact that it's served chilled at about 16°C.

Check your local newspapers and listings as French restaurants in your area will be announcing Beaujolais Nouveau Festivals beginning the third Thursday of November.


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