How to Make a Manhattan from Hill Country


We’re feeling patriotic this week. Chalk it up to pre-inauguration fever or FLOTUS’s bangin’ new look (sorry).

In an attempt to recognize our territorial inclinations while still getting in on the weekend’s Americana action, we sought help from the Southern charmers at Hill Country Barbecue Market.

The barbecue specialists are now serving a cocktail that satisfies our cross-country interests. Head to the Flatiron restaurant and order their presidential version of the classic Manhattan, made with Kentucky-based Jefferson’s Rye, sweet vermouth, and Dutch Colonial bitters. Just like many politicians, this beverage is strong, smooth, and has the ability to seriously sneak up on you. Drink up — for four more years.


The Drink: Manhattan

The Bar: Hill Country

The Price: $12

The Ingredients: 2 1/2 oz Jefferson’s Rye, 3/4 oz sweet vermouth, 2 droppers Dutch’s Colonial Bitters, 1 brandied cherry

The Method: In a mixing glass, gently stir the rye and vermouth with a couple of ice cubes (don’t shake). Strain into a chilled martini glass, top with bitters, and garnish with the cherry and twist.