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Metropolitan Cocktail

Metropolitan

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The Metropolitan sounds and looks like a classic cocktail, one as old as the Manhattan or Martinez, and it is often called a Brandy Manhattan or a Harvard, though those tend to skip the syrup.

A Metropolitan recipe appears in the 1935 The Old Waldorf-Astoria Bar Book, but it calls for 2/3 Manhattan bitters (obsolete, possibly similar to Amer Picon) and 1/3 vermouth. While that sounds like an interesting mix, the more common brandy recipe has been noted with the year 1900.

There are other cocktails that have taken the name "Metropolitan." Possibly the most popular is one made of Absolut Kurant Vodka, cranberry and lime juices, and (sometimes) triple sec. It is very similar to a Cosmopolitan and was created during the 1990's in New York City.

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  1. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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