This one came in from our friend Daniel, which he found while playing around with CocktailDB (something I highly recommend doing). None of us had heard of it, although he pointed out that it does appear in Jones' Complete Bar Guide (then again, that book is so big and full of thousands of tiny recipes that it's easy to overlook something). Perhaps its name comes from its Kentucky-born "thoroughbred" spirit, but in any case it's a very tasty twist on a Manhattan.

Riding Lesson Cocktail

1-3/4 ounces Bourbon whiskey.
1/2 ounce sweet vermouth.
1/4 ounce Bénédictine D.O.M. liqueur.
1 dash Angostura bitters.
Cherry garnish.

Stir (or shake) and strain; garnish with stemless cherry.

Although we have yet to try it this way, Daniel suggests doubling the amount of Bénédictine for an even more distinctive taste. We'll try that variation next.


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