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.
This variation on the Manhattan was invented in 2006 by acclaimed bartender Chad Solomon, who lived near the Brooklyn neighborhood for which the drink is named. It begins with the familiar base of spicy rye whiskey and is balanced with a measure of dry vermouth. Maraschino liqueur and the Italian artichoke-flavored amaro Cynar round...