Pictured: Jeff Stone creates a Manhattan, served at the Owl Bar Owl Bar 1 E. Chase St., Mount Vernon 410-378-0888, theowlbar.com Opened in 1903, the Owl Bar is a fitting place to enjoy a Manhattan, says manger Averil Barry. "It's classic simplicity, which is a perfect fit for Owl Bar's classic nature," Barry said. While the textbook Manhattan typically uses rye, the Owl Bar uses Woodford Reserve, a 90-proof small bourbon whiskey from Kentucky with a woody flavor and a smoothness that masks its potency. Owl Bar's recipe 3 ounces Woodford Reserve bourbon 1 ounce Martini & Rossi sweet vermouth 1 dash of Angostura bitters Pour contents into a shaker. Shake and serve up in a chilled martini glass.
Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun
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