Thank god that Frederic of Cocktail
The theme for this MxMo is Equal Parts: any cocktail whose ingredients are called for with equal parts, not including garnish, and maybe a dash of bitters, if you're being liberal. I'm going to be extra liberal and call for 2 dashes of bitters and yet still qualify for the theme.
My entry is as simple as it is sacrilegious: the Saratoga cocktail. What's the sacriledge? That this Manhattan variation is better than the Manhattan. That's it.
I was turned on to the Saratoga originally by an interview with Camper English conducted by the 12 Bottle Bar. (Question # 6)
The Saratoga is simply a rye Manhattan, half of whose spirit is replaced with brandy. It is my opinion that this combination elevates the Saratoga into a realm of interest and complexity which surpasses both rye and bourbon Manhattans.
As per my suggestion, Rowen of the Fogged In Lounge mixed up a Saratoga to stack up with the slew of other Manhattans that he was comparing recently, and he half agrees with me, at the very least.
Though recipes vary little, my Saratoga recipe comes from 12 Bottle Bar, which comes from David Wondrich. You owe it to yourself to make this drink, if you haven't, simply so you can strike down my preposterous claim above.
.75 oz rye whiskey
.75 oz brandy
.75 oz sweet vermouth
2 dashes Angostura aromatic bitters
Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with half a lemon wheel.