The Gotham

A while back, I went to the Mermaid Inn on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. There I had a drink called The Gotham, a Manhattan derivative. While the drink list gave me the ingredients, I wasn’t convincing enough to get the recipe from the bartender. After playing with it a bit, though, I think I’ve recreated it. Or, at least, created something really good using the same ingredients. I’ll still refer to it as The Gotham. It’s a cool and appropriate name.


This is yet another Manhattan derivative. We’ve discussed other Manhattan-like cocktails before, the Best. Manhattan. Evar, the Upper West Side, the San Genarro, the Williamsburg Cocktail and to some extent, the Brooklyn. The reason this is such a popular drink is that it’s a perfect cool weather cocktail. The Rye (or, sometimes  Bourbon) cuts through the chill and the mixers have a strong enough taste to make the drink full and satisfying.

The Gotham replaces the Angostura bitters used in a regular Manhattan with Campari. I also use Carpano Antica sweet vermouth for it’s unusual but combination of herbal flavors. Finally, I adjust the quantity of the mixers – the Campari is pretty strong, so the drink needs a little re-balancing.
  • 3 oz Rye (I used Bulleit)
  • 3/4 oz Carpano Antica Sweet Vermouth
  • 1/4 oz Campari
  • At least one Luxardo cherry as a garnish
Pour the liquid ingredients in an ice-filled shaker. Shake well and dispense in an old-fashioned (aka low-ball) glass. Add the Luxardi and enjoy. 

 
The Gotham is a hefty drink that will completely remove any chill in the night air. Yes, 4 oz is larger than the standard drink, but if you don’t make ’em a bit large, you’ll be going back to the bar more often than you need to.
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I don't know what it takes to become a professional mixologist, but I'm going to night school at my own home bar to achieve that status. For now, I'm an amateur cocktail creator who enjoys learning about new drinks and rediscovering the classics.

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