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the doctor eric, phd manhattan

June 9, 2010

Alright.  Full disclosure: I’m a couple of these in.  And these are excellent.  

Today I organized the whole kitchen.  With super-organizational skills that I didn’t really know I possessed.  Now our kitchen not only looks like a kitchen but a stylish, put-together kitchen.  I’ve wanted to do this for a while (ie. de-clutter and make-look-awesome) and after I finally did it G rewarded me with a Dr. Eric, PhD Manhattan. Up.

What is that, you ask. Well, it’s excellent.  And Dr. Eric invented it! It was his suggestion to supplement the neutrality of rye whiskey (which we’ve come to adore when posed against the amazingness of this sweet vermouth that our other good friend, Marshall Altier, helped us find last summer) with the also neutral but sweet and fragrant nature of cognac.  One might be compelled to use a fancier cognac, but our collective sense is that that’s a waste of money because the cognac is mixed with other strong flavors and its delicate nature gets lost in the, um, mix… Let us know what it tastes like if you happen to have a spare bottle of Louis XIII lying around…. Anyway, let me tell you more. Yes, let me tell you more. 

I’ll tell you specifically, in fact.  First, we took these ingredients…

…that would be Old Overholt rye whiskey, Remy Martin VS cognac, Antica sweet vermouth, and Eric’s homemade cherry and vanilla bitters…and we mixed these in a shaker (mixed! not shaken!) with ice and served in a chilled martini glass up, with a cherry.  

PS: you want to get the glass and shaker frosty, like this:

And this:

The first you accomplish by putting the glass in the freezer for a few minutes and the second by stirring the drink and ice inside slightly vigorously with a long spoon or chopstick.

Delicious!  Drink up, my friends, and celebrate whatever you’ve accomplished today!  At least celebrate Dr. Eric who made up this drink!

PS: if you’re not lucky enough to get Eric’s homemade bitters, regular bitters will suffice.

the doctor eric, phd manhattan

taken from verbal communication had with dr. eric, phd.


1 1/2 oz. Antica Formula Vermouth di Giuseppe B. Carpano (sweet vermouth)

1 1/2 oz. Remy Martin VS Cognac

1 1/2 oz. Old Overholt Rye Whiskey

2 dashes Eric’s cherry vanilla bitters

1 cherry


Chill martini glasses in freezer.  Pour vermouth, cognac, whiskey, and bitters into a shaker. Add ice.  Stir with spoon or chopstick until shaker gets cold. Strain into chilled martini glasses.  Add a cherry! Drink! Yay!

One Comment leave one →
  1. Mimi permalink
    June 22, 2010 11:59 pm

    Frank would love this!

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