Imbibing Mr. Boston: Allegheny Cocktail


Sorry for the lack of updates on the Mr. Boston project, but sometimes “real life” intrudes upon the best laid plans.  In any case, we pick up again with the Allegheny cocktail, which is named in tribute to the pioneers who crossed the Appalachian Mountain range which includes the great Allegheny mountains.  They did this in order to make bourbon.  Well, that’s not entirely true, but we do know that Bourbon County was eventually settled by these early Americans and that they began making corn whiskey there.  Ironically, bourbon is no longer made in that county.  Ah, the vagaries of time…

This is basically a dry Manhattan with the addition of blackberry brandy and lemon juice, giving it a sweet and sour character.  Personally, I’d cut back on the amount of lemon, but I do like how the blackberry plays with the whiskey.  An old school cocktail that was nice to revisit after several years.


1 oz bourbon
1 oz dry vermouth
0.5 oz blackberry brandy
0.5 oz lemon juice
Garnish: lemon twist

Shake with ice and strain into chilled cocktail glass.  Add lemon twist.

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