The Manhattan Project: What’s in Your Manhattan? #manhattanproject

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Brr! It’s a good night for a Manhattan! And if you follow Small Bites on Instagram (link to Small Bites Instagram here), or Twitter (@small_bites) you may have noticed a certain hashtag flying around some evenings: #manhattanproject.

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For the holiday season — and the mark of colder nights — we’re embarking on The Manhattan Project. We’ve taken to social media to find the best twists on the Manhattan. We love the classic cocktail — and its red hue and cherry garnish make it so festive this time of year — but we can’t agree on a definitive version, much less on what makes a terrific adapataion.

So rather than argue, we’re sharing. So far, we have versions with rye and versions with bourbon; several versions with different Vermouths — even a version with apple brandy. Ratios vary widely from 2-1 to 5-1.

What makes the drink a Manhatttan and when is it another drink entirely? That is also up for debate, but the best way to find out (or not) is to tell us how you make your Manhattan.

So tell us! Take photos and use the hashtags #manhattanproject and #lohudfood. We’ll gather the recipes, and feature them here and in The Journal News. Cheers!

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About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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