Tuesday, July 15, 2014


Original oil on panel, 12" x 12". $595. Click to buy.

This one has been a long time coming! In an earlier post the Angostura bottle became a bottleneck (literally?). No Manhattan painting could possibly be complete without a vintage bottle, so weeks passed as various prop parts arrived and assembly commenced. 

The final bottle looked pretty good, except… while matching the original in size, it dwarfed the glassware. For an ingredient you basically look at from across the room while mixing the drink, the proportions were all wrong. The solution: move the bottle just out of frame and paint its reflection in the mixing cup.

This is a drink I have made for years, so there was no test for this one. My own recipe went into the book. Just for fun, here it is:

1-1/2 oz. rye whisky
1/2 oz. sweet vermouth
Dash of Angostura bitters
Dash of maraschino cherry juice*

Stir ingredients with ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a good maraschino cherry (many tasty craft versions are available).

Stirring maintains the color and clarity of the drink.

*optional, but good.

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