The Great Dallas Manhattan Search

22 Feb

I will soon launch my quest to find the best Manhattan cocktail in the City of Dallas.

I am launching a new feature here on AuthenticDallas.com where I will search out and crown the best this city has to offer in a number of unrelated and perhaps unimportant categories.

I’ve decided to launch this new bit with a drink sporting a Yankee title, but whose DNA is oddly and unmistakably Southern (whiskey) and Italian (sweet vermouth).  That’s right, I will soon scour the trendiest bars (not likely), seediest watering holes that still have the same decor from their opening in 1971, and the coolest hipster enclaves to find an authentic, delicious Manhattan on the rocks in a lowball glass.

The ground rules are arbitrary and may be changed or not followed at my personal whim, but here they are for your consumption:

What Makes it a real Manhattan?

The thing has to be stirred and served in a low ball glass.  If it comes in a martini glass all frothed up because it was shaken to death, it my as well be a sour apple martini as far as I’m concerned because I’m not drinking it.  Other than that, I look forward to what these maestros of the libations come up with.

Who Will be the Judge(s)?

I will be the presiding judge, but I hope to lure some of my whiskey loving compadres along for the ride with promises of free drinks.

Who are the Competitors?

This is where I need the help of my fellow Authentic Denizens.  I recently read the D Magazine article about the best artisanal cocktail slingers in the city proper.  I was intrigued by these gents, so I will start my list with the following establishments from the aforementioned aricle:

I need reader suggestions for a few more places that are serious about their cocktails in this city.

How Will the Cocktails be Judged?

Taste and presentation is all I can think of, but I’ll post a more detailed scoring system with the first review.

Depending on the final count of contestants, I’d like to have a winner declared by sometime in April, so check back in the short term and the long term as I will be posting reviews as the visits happen, and then I will post a recap with the winner after the last review.

Shortlink: http://wp.me/pZPDa-4V

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4 Responses to “The Great Dallas Manhattan Search”

  1. Colin February 22, 2011 at 10:43 PM #

    B,

    that’s my drink of choice!…I’d be glad to donate my time, palate, and liver to this quest. And I must say that I had a pretty tasty version at Samar tonight….where do I sign up?

    Colin

    • J. Brandon Hancock February 23, 2011 at 8:16 AM #

      You’re in, panelist #1. I hope to do the first bar next week sometime, but I’ll give you the details later.

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