George J. Kappeler’s 1895 guide to ‘Modern American Drinks’ opens with the line “A good drink at the proper time, has a welcome in every clime” and we couldn’t agree more.
The Harvard is a very early, cognac based variant of the Manhattan cocktail that was named after the world-leading university.
This dry and herbal, yet still approachable cocktail, has been enjoyed by the college’s students for many decades. It is not known whether the Harvard alumnus President Obama was partial to the cocktail or not but as a man of impeccable taste, we like to think he might have enjoyed a dram or two.
- 50ml Seignette cognac
- 25ml Carpano rosso vermouth
2 dashes of Angostura bitters
Stir all ingredients with ice
Fine strain into a martini glass
Garnish with a maraschino cherry