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Rye • Dry
Red Hook

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Named for the neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, the Red Hook is essentially a sweeter take on two classics: the Manhattan and the Brooklyn. It balances a base of spicy rye whiskey with a measure of Italian vermouth Punt e Mes and sweet maraschino liqueur. While it doesn’t have the extensive history of its predecessors—it’s a 21st century creation from former Milk & Honey bartender Enzo Errico—it’s equally worthy of praise.

The Essentials

rye whiskey
Punt e Mes
maraschino liqueur
Strainer
Bar Spoon
The Details

Ingredients

2 oz rye whiskey
.5 oz Punt e Mes
.5 oz maraschino liqueur
Brandied cherry, for garnish (optional)

Method

  • Add all ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice.
  • Stir, and strain into a coupe glass.
  • Garnish with a brandied cherry, if using.
Easy
Strength:
Rye Dry Easy
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