Back in 1935, when The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book first hit shelves, mixing port into a cocktail was a regular occurrence, giving drinks a tannic edge and winey fruitiness. Even so, the Suburban, a riff on the Manhattan, is a rare breed of cocktail—even for the ‘30s. A mix of rye whiskey, dark rum, bitters and port, the Suburban is deep and jammy with a round, velvety texture that hugs your mouth.
- Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, and stir.
- Strain into a lowball glass.
There are those who consider the Manhattan a little sweet for their tastes. Enter the Perfect Manhattan—a recipe variation that calls for equal parts dry and sweet vermouth for a more balanced version of the classic cocktail. Though we believe Manhattans should always be made with rye, bourbon is also an acceptable option, especially in...