To keep us hydrated while we cooked, we sipped on Manhattans (did you know that you buy bitters at the grocery store, NOT the LCBO?) To make yours:
- 2oz whiskey
- splash of sweet vermouth (any thoughts on what else I should do with the 1L bottle of sweet vermouth? Oh wait....it's made in Italy, note to self: before drinking Italian wine when we land in Italy, find a drink requiring sweet vermouth)
- dash Angostura bitters
- maraschino cherry
Mix liquids with ice, strain into cocktail glass and garnish with a cherry.
Fun fact: The Manhattan was created in 1874 at the Manhattan Club in New York City, for Lady Jenny Churchill, Winston Churchill's mother. (from the Coles Notes, Your guide to Bartending.....yes I still have Coles notes, but just this one)
The first course was a Manhattan Clam Chowder.....this is a recipe we will make again. So delish. Here is the recipe I used: Manhattan Clam Chowder
For the main course, we went with Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches.....I know, my US geography is not top notch, but one could argue that it is a good thing we are doing this. And Fintan's finger was kind of on the border. At any rate, the sandwiches were yummy!