The Country Life cocktail is a fine twist on the classic Manhattan, with the addition of warming spice from Jamaican Rum and a lovely festive decadence from the splash of port.
Invented, or at least first codified in 1945 by the Crosby Gaige in his ‘Cocktail Guide and Ladies Companion’ the cocktail is a simple drink that relies on each element being just so.
Gaige quotes “accuracy means uniformity - standardization. There’s good reason for striving to attain this goal - it is the able barman’s badge of fine craftsmanship. It is your guarantee that the Manhattan, for instance, that you mix today will taste exactly as good as the one you made last week.”
Following Crosby’s fine words, we present this classic cocktail for your enjoyment.
40ml Buffalo Trace Bourbon
- 20ml Jamaican rum
25ml Ruby Port
- 2 dash orange bitters
Pour all ingredients into a chilled coupé glass
Stir and garnish with a maraschino cherry