With summer officially upon us it’s time to find a nice cigar pairing for a refreshing summer drink. Many summer cocktails can be a little too sweet and others can have too much citrus or are heavily carbonated. While a nice glass of red wine or a cold beer are often good choices to go with your cigar, it’s nice to have a go to cocktail for the summer months. One tried and true specialty drink that is great all year round, but especially nice in the summer, is the classic Manhattan.
The Manhattan is a great cocktail to pair with a variety of cigars because it offers a nice balance between sweet and savory. It can be made with your choice of bourbon or whiskey depending on your taste and budget. Most cigars pair well with a more complex whisky or bourbon that is not as sweet. This can be hard to find. One whiskey that is fairly new to the market has an excellent balance of flavors and makes a dynamite Manhattan, is the James F.C. Hyde Sorgho Whiskey, and is made right here in the US.
World renowned mixologist and spirits authority Brian Van Flandern said of the whiskey, “Sorgho Whiskey is an exceptional whiskey of remarkable character with subtle aroma of fresh vanilla bean, toffee and toasted caraway seeds. The nose belies a deceptively dry finish of butterscotch, dates, peaches and a touch of maple syrup. This stunning whiskey is not as sweet as traditional Bourbons, yet not as yeasty as a classic Rye whiskey. Instead, it infuses the best of both worlds resulting in a spirit of remarkable complexity, rich character and a lovely lingering finish. Enjoy neat, with a single cube of ice or as a full flavored gluten free alternative to your favorite American Whiskey based cocktail recipes.”
Classic Manhattan Recipe
If you’re hard pressed to find a bar that will allow you to enjoy your cigar and a nice Manhattan – you’re in luck. The drink is fairly simple to make and you can impress all of your friends at the same time. Here is the classic recipe of the Manhattan.
2 Parts Whiskey (James F.C. Hyde Sorgho Whiskey recommended)
1 Part Sweet Vermouth
1 to 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
1 Orange Peel
1 to 2 Maraschino Cherries
Pour Whiskey, Sweet Vermouth and Bitters into cocktail shaker filled with ice. Lightly rub orange peel around the rim of the class. Shake all ingredients in cocktail shaker well and strain into prepared glass. Add one to two cherries for garnish and enjoy.