Thursday, March 31, 2011

Does Phoenix Have an Official Cocktail?

[caption id="attachment_380" align="alignleft" width="101" caption="Manhattan Cocktail"][/caption]With the trend of vintage cocktails in full swing I wondered about the story behind the Mahattan cocktail.

Basic recipe:
3/4 oz sweet vermouth
2 1/2 oz bourbon whiskey
1 dash Angostura® bitters
1 maraschino cherry

There was a story about the drink being created at the Manhattan Club for Winston Churchill’s Mother, but this is not true. In reality it was a drink made to celebrate the isle of Manhattan. There was also a Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx and Staten Island.

Begging a few questions:

Who makes the best Manhattan in the Valley? My experience is Mabel’s on Main in Scottsdale makes a great one, Hanny’s makes a good one, and Durant’s as expected and delish. What about you?

For you Mixologist? Arizona Centennial is quickly approaching and I think it time for some Arizona themed cocktails. What would a Scottsdale, Phoenix, Tucson, or Bisbee taste like?
Bisbee could have a silver Tequila for the Shady Dell RV Motel
Phoenix - Napolitos
Scottsdale - a hand cut ice cube like Roca Akor
Tucson - a cocktail with recently revived A-1 beer.


  1. Phoenix would be a margarita with prickly pear cactus syrup. Yum.

  2. How about a cheap beer in a $500 mug? Call it the Boondoggle after the 5C Arizona Centennial Museum.