Perfect Manhattan Milkshake

Perfect Manhattan Milkshake

The other day I grilled some bourbon-soaked bing cherries… and I was glad I did! I still have some, and I think I’ll be preserving some soon, but I thought they’d go well with cocktails in the meantime.

Grilling Cherries

What first came to mind was a Perfect Manhattan, which is rye or bourbon, with both sweet and dry vermouth, and a dash or two of bitters, often garnished with a cherry. But, instead of just a Perfect Manhattan, I thought it might be interesting to mix that with a summery milkshake!

Add Bourbon

In a blender went a couple scoops of ice cream, then 2 ounces of bourbon. I went with sweet bourbon over rye for the milkshake, though rye is more traditional; I figured the shake was already untraditional, anyway. Then I added half an ounce each of dry and sweet vermouth and blended. I poured half the shake into a glass, then added several of the grilled cherries to the blender and mixed that for a bit, pouring that into a taller glass. I added the non-cherry-blended shake on top of the and mixed a bit for visual impact, added a bit of whipped cream, and, of course, topped it with a bourbon grilled cherry!


Try this, and you’ll realize your summer is only getting better!

About Curt McAdams

I guess I'm a bit of a foodie, learning to cook from my mom, then getting obsessed with outdoor cooking, competition barbecue, bread baking and just about all things food. Lately, I've been trying to upgrade my photography skills a bit, though I still have a long way to go.

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