The Daily Drink: 'The Liberal'

“The Daily Drink” brings you a must-try libation from our booze columnist Zach Geballe.

It’s always fun to see drinks that have a distinctly Seattle element to their history. The Liberal is one of those, a classic cocktail brought out of retirement by Murray Stetson and now found on cocktail lists city-wide. A variant of the Manhattan, it blends whiskey (typically rye) with sweet vermouth, orange bitters, and Amer Picon, a French herbal liqueur somewhat similar to Italian amaros. The sharpness of the rye is mellowed by the sweetness of the vermouth, and the Amer Picon adds an herbal, spicy note. Amer Picon isn’t widely available, but quite a few bars in the area stock it. I had mine at The Nabob in Lower Queen Anne, but any good whiskey bar should be able to make it for you.

Zach Geballe does a lot of drinking. When he’s not working at The Dahlia Lounge or for his business Vine Trainings, he’s studying for the Court of Master Sommeliers Exam. His weekly column here at Seattle Weekly, The Bar Code, endeavors to inspire, educate and sometimes poke fun at all things beer, wine and spirits related.

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