Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Natural Maraschino Cherries

Tillen Farms Maraschino Cherries

I love old school cocktails. To me a martini is not pink or blue or filled with fruit juices or infusions or rimmed with colored sugar and named after a candy. A martini is gin with a hint of vermouth and maybe a little olive juice splashed in with the olives. And a Manhattan isn’t a Manhattan without a maraschino cherry. Consequently I haven’t had a Manhattan for years simply because it has been impossible to find a maraschino cherry that wouldn’t remain in your gut, undigested for the next 20 years, slowly leeching disgusting chemicals and artificial colors into your system . . . until now!
Mana Foods now carries Tillen Farms Cherries that have no preservatives and use vegetable and fruit concentrates for color. Finally I can have a Manhattan again or maybe an old fashioned ice cream sundae with nuts and whipped cream and a delicious cherry on top. Look for them with the jams and jellies on the bottom shelf.

The Perfect Manhattan

2 oz rye whiskey (or bourbon)
1/2 oz sweet vermouth
2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
Maraschino cherry for garnish
1. Pour the liquid ingredients into a mixing glass with ice cubes.
2. Stir well (do not shake as this will bruise the liquor and cloud the cocktail)
3. Strain into a chilled martini glass.
4. Garnish with the cherry.

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