By: Matthew Brockmeyer | Review Date: 5/15/2009
These are the final ingredient for the ultimate Manhattan: Stir with ice (gently but thoroughly) 2 parts Crown Royal Reserve (for a bolder drink, substitute your choice of rye whiskey; for a sweeter drink, bourbon), 1 part Quady Vya sweet Vermouth, Regan's Orange Bitters to taste (I like about 4-5 dashes, but I'd suggest starting out with less); strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with one of these sublime cherries. The great thing about these is that both the cherries and their syrup are so dense, they do not really mix with the drink, leaving you a delicious treat at the end without making your cocktail overly sweet. Anywhere one might normally use a "standard" maraschino cherry is a candidate for these, and I'm sure they'd be fantastic on top of vanilla ice cream as well. These don't come cheap, but they're certainly worth trying at least once!