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The Manhattan, a whiskey + vermouth classic

There are few cocktails as enduring as the Manhattan. If the original early 19th-century meaning of the word “cocktail” referred to a mixture of spirits, sugar, water, and bitters (what we now think of as an Old Fashioned), the current meaning includes all manner of ingredients from syrups to liqueurs to mixtures of many different …

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Cherry Galette, sour cherries in a flaky crust

This cherry galette is the “oh, I just threw this on and somehow accidentally look fabulous” in the wardrobe of cherry desserts. Unlike classic cherry pie topped with intricate lattice work, a galette is casual and almost effortlessly chic. And, OMG, it’s delicious. The pie dough is the same one I use in this blueberry …

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Brandied Cherries, a better cocktail cherry

Maraschino cherries, or at least the artificially bright red super sweet cherries that are plunked into Manhattans and nestled atop ice cream sundaes, are polarizing. They’re pretty, but their flavor is, at best, boring. Even as a kid, I tended to leave them uneaten. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Better versions of …

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