ORIGINAL SPIRITS: THE METROPOLITAN

ORIGINAL SPIRITS: THE METROPOLITAN Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Our Metropolitan is very much like a traditional Manhattan.

Except when it’s not.

It’s a smooth sipper, coming on strong and numbing the tongue just a little, with a nearly invisible aftertaste.

It’s almost like drawing in a breath of fresh, clean mountain air, but the kind of breath that’ll leave the trace of a sweet whiskey sting on your lips.

And because you can’t make a proper Manhattan without the whiskey, we use whiskey—in this case, Pendleton’s Canadian-Style Whisky, the official spirit of Pendleton’s annual rodeo Round-Up, which is bottled in the valley below the mountain pass to our east. The sweet Italian Vermouth is there, too (courtesy of Punt e Mes), and so are the bitters (Peychaud’s).

But what makes our Manhattan a Metropolitan is the incorporation of both Grand Marnier, and in lieu of the traditional cherry garnish, a flamed orange twist.

It’s a warm, spicy cocktail that’s urbane and sophisticated, but that still conjures up the memory of rodeo plaids.

So swing by and warm yourself up with our latest weekly Homegrown Wednesdays cocktail, and take a ride on this gentle bull.