The Tequila Made Me Do It......

Are you a tequila aficionado but want to try a tequila cocktail that isn't a run-of-the-mill margarita? Well, do I have a delicious cocktail for you! I discovered it in a cocktail book called "the cocktail : 200 fabulous drinks" by Jane Rocca. The drink is called the "Mexican Manhattan" and we made it last night. It is also goes by the name "Tequila Manhattan". Now, for those of you who only think of Manhattan as a place, it is also the name of a classic cocktail which originated in the late 1800s in Manhattan. It is normally made with rye or bourbon whiskey as the base liquor, with sweet vermouth and some sort of bitters, normally Angostura bitters. As you probably have guessed by now, the Mexican Manhattan replaces the rye or bourbon with tequila. Give it a try and let us know how you like it! We loved it and found that it was not overly strong on the tequila. Cheers!!

1.5 oz Tequila (Preferably a reposado, but a gold tequila will work)
2 teaspoons Maraschino Liqueur (Maraska brand preferably, but Luxardo will do)
2 teaspoons Sweet Vermouth (Martini & Rossi or Cinzano brands. Be sure to refrigerate after opening!)
2 - 3  dashes Angostura Bitters (A must-have for any home bar.)
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail mixing glass, fill with ice and stir for about 20 seconds.
Strain into a chilled martini or old-fashioned glass.
Garnish with a cherry.

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