1 orange
1 lemon
600ml rye whiskey
12 shots (300ml) sweet vermouth
1 shot (25ml) maraschino liqueur
½ teaspoon Peychaud’s bitters
1 teaspoon Angostura bitters
cubed ice
cherry, to garnish (I like proper cocktail cherries like Luxardo or Fabbri, or fresh ones, but steer clear of the super-sweet candied type!)

It’s hard to find an absolute ultimate of anything, but this has been my go-to drink for so many years that it could make a fair claim to the throne. Satisfying, rich and complex, it’s peerless when I need something to settle body and soul late in the evening. I have several versions I’m keen on (all in the sweet camp, using rosso vermouth), but mixing it in batches like this makes it so easy to serve when you get home and just need a Manhattan – or if you have a group over for dinner.

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1.Cut 4 strips of orange zest and 1 strip of lemon zest using a peeler.
2.Add the lemon zest and three strips of the orange to a large jug.
3.Add the rye whiskey, vermouth, maraschino liqueur and bitters. Mix well.
4.Rest for 10 minutes, strain, then bottle and chill.
5.To serve, add 2 shots (50ml) to a mixing glass filled with ice, then stir.
6.Strain into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with a cherry and the remaining orange twist.

This is an edited extract
from Mr Lyan’s Cocktails
at Home: Good Things to
Drink with Friends by Ryan
Chetiyawardana, White
Lion Publishing, Images
© Kim Lightbody.