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Spirits Trend: Swapping Out Whiskey In A Manhattan

The Manhattan is an iconic classic cocktail that any good bartender worth their salt has mastered. Playing with the proportions of whiskey, vermouth, and bitters depending on the specific brands is one way to create a unique and balanced drink. Getting creative with the garnish, using  a house brandied cherry for example, is another way to put your own spin on the drink. With the growing number of bold and pungent spirits that mirror the intensity of whiskey, it’s also become common to substitute in other spirits for a novel twist.

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Spirits List: 2 Best Vodkas For A Gimlet

A gimlet, made with vodka or gin, fresh lime juice, and simple syrup, is a simple and refreshing cocktail. Since the ingredients are sparse, a spotlight is placed on the quality of the base spirit and its ability to meld with the other ingredients to create the ideal sour. These 2 spirits make the best vodka gimlets, hands down.

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Spirits List: Best Whiskeys For A Manhattan

The Manhattan is one of the most classic of classic cocktails. Traditionally made with rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, and Angostura bitters, the quality of a silky straight up Manhattan is largely dependant upon its whiskey, here we list the 8 best spirits for a classic Manhattan.

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Spirits List: Best Gins For A Gin Bramble

Superior spirits generally make superior cocktails, but there’s a lot more to consider when trying to find the best spirit for each recipe. This year’s gin cocktail was the Gin Bramble, a combination of gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and creme de mure, a blackberry flavored liqueur for a sweet-tart and refreshing beverage. These 6 gins scored 4.5 out of 5 stars or higher, creating drop dead delicious drinks.

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