Maida Vale

Maida Vale
Yields1 Serving
Prep Time2 mins

Created in 2011 by Andy Green of Unripe, London, England, and originally called the Unripe Manhattan, it was later renamed to Maida Vale. It's a variant of the Manhattan which uses bourbon while retaining some rye whiskey and adds white vermouth alongside the sweet.

 60 ml (2 oz) bourbon
 15 ml (½ oz) rye whiskey
 15 ml (½ oz) sweet vermouth
 15 ml (½ oz) white vermouth
 7.50 ml (¼ oz) Grand Marnier
 2 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
 Maraschino cherry for garnish
1

Half-fill a mixing jug with ice.

2

Add all ingredients and stir until well-chilled.

3

Strain into a chilled coupe glass.

4

Garnish with a maraschino cherry

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It was a crisp autumn evening, and Emily was eager to host a gathering of her closest female friends in her cozy apartment nestled in the heart of the city. With the promise of good company and delectable cocktails, she set out to create a libation that would leave a lasting impression – the illustrious "Maida Vale." This sophisticated concoction boasted a harmonious blend of bourbon whiskey, straight rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, Cinzano Bianco vermouth, Grand Marnier liqueur, and a dash of Angostura Aromatic Bitters, promising to tantalize the taste buds with its depth and complexity.

As Emily's friends arrived, they were greeted by the inviting aroma of freshly brewed coffee and the promise of an evening filled with laughter and camaraderie. Emily led them to the elegant bar cart in her living room, where gleaming bottles of spirits and liqueurs awaited their magic touch. The stage was set for an evening of indulgence and delight.

With a confident smile, Emily began to assemble the ingredients for the Maida Vale cocktail. She measured out the rich bourbon whiskey, its amber hue reflecting the warmth of the evening sun. Next came the straight rye whiskey, a bold and spicy counterpart that added depth and character to the mix. The sweet vermouth and Cinzano Bianco vermouth followed, their aromatic notes dancing in the air like a symphony of flavors.

With a steady hand, Emily added a splash of Grand Marnier liqueur, its citrusy sweetness weaving seamlessly into the tapestry of flavors. Finally, she finished the concoction with a dash of Angostura Aromatic Bitters, a secret ingredient that added a subtle complexity and depth to the cocktail.

As Emily stirred the mixture with care, her friends watched in anticipation, eager to experience the magic of her creation. The ice clinked against the glass, creating a soothing rhythm that filled the room with a sense of tranquility and anticipation. With a practiced hand, Emily strained the cocktail into elegant coupe glasses, the liquid shimmering like liquid gold in the soft glow of the room.

A final touch awaited – a plump maraschino cherry, nestled delicately on the rim of each glass. With a flourish, Emily presented the Maida Vale cocktails to her friends, her heart swelling with pride at their delighted expressions. The first sip was met with a chorus of approval – the Maida Vale was a triumph, a harmonious blend of flavors that danced on the palate with grace and sophistication.

As the evening unfolded, the Maida Vale cocktails became the centerpiece of the gathering, a symbol of Emily's hospitality and her passion for mixology. Her friends savored each sip, their laughter mingling with the heady aroma of the cocktail. Conversations flowed effortlessly, punctuated by exclamations of delight as they discovered new nuances in the Maida Vale with each sip.

As the night drew to a close, and the last drops of the Maida Vale were savored, Emily couldn't help but feel a sense of contentment wash over her. The evening had been a resounding success, a testament to the power of friendship and the magic of a well-crafted cocktail. As her friends bid farewell, their hearts full and their spirits lifted, Emily knew that the memory of the Maida Vale would linger long after the night had ended – a reminder of the joy of shared moments and the beauty of simple pleasures.

Ingredients

 60 ml (2 oz) bourbon
 15 ml (½ oz) rye whiskey
 15 ml (½ oz) sweet vermouth
 15 ml (½ oz) white vermouth
 7.50 ml (¼ oz) Grand Marnier
 2 dashes Angostura Aromatic Bitters
 Maraschino cherry for garnish

Directions

1

Half-fill a mixing jug with ice.

2

Add all ingredients and stir until well-chilled.

3

Strain into a chilled coupe glass.

4

Garnish with a maraschino cherry

Maida Vale

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