The Drink: The 36th Vote – High West’s Barreled Manhattan. Made with the pre-Phobition recipe of two parts Rye whiskey, one part sweet vermouth and two dashes of bitters. It’s then aged in a white oak barrel for 90 days.
It was Jamie Clayton that introduced this to me, so here’s his experience first…
Recently, I was lucky enough to shoot a wedding in Seaside, Florida. I got to stay at the amazing Watercolor Inn for 3 nights. The first night I was there, I sat down and ordered a drink called The 36th Vote. I can’t remember the bartender’s name. Gary? Ronald? He was a fantastic bartender. He grabbed a double old fashioned glass and pulled out the Macallan Ice Ball Maker and dropped a beautiful ice sphere in my glass. He then grabbed a bottle from Utah’s High West distillery. He put 2 dashes of Peychaud’s in the glass and then a solid 2 oz pour of this spirit. Wait, what? No mixing? I quickly realized I had ordered an aged manhattan. A simple garnish of 3 maraschino cherries on a pick and he slid the drink towards me. It was so delicious I ordered probably 10 the rest of the time while I was staying there. Nothing else. All I wanted was the 36th Vote.
Back to me (Caroline). We were staying just down the road in Santa Rosa Beach while Jamie was in Seaside. Every night he was in town, he’d text us to come to his hotel bar and try this drink. “Just one drink,” he’d say, “you’ve gotta try this manhattan.” Since we were on vacation with my parents, I never could pull myself away from family time, but I promised Jamie I’d buy a bottle on my way back through Atlanta.
So I did. We got home, and the first drink I poured was this baby. Just as the bartender served for Jamie. 2 dashes Peychaud’s, one large ice cube, 2 oz High West Barreled Manhattan. Y’all. This is hands down the best barrel aged Manhattan I’ve had (second to one that Jamie made a while back with bourbon, port wine, and amaro). I’ve been sharing it with guests like crazy, and cannot recommend it enough.
The other day I ran into High West’s Barreled Boulevardier which I will be buying immediately after I drink every last drop of the manhattan. Stay tuned…
The Glass: Fleur-de-Lis glass from One Kings Lane.