You worked hard today, didn't you? Giving back. Improving your world by the mere fact you exist in it? Yeah, me too. Now, Mr. and Ms. Responsible Citizen, it's you time! Time to forget the cares of the outside world. Time to stop worrying about Tim Geithner being picked on by all those congressional bullies in The District Playground. Save wondering why Obama is dissing Special Olympics bowlers, because right now he needs all the friends he can get, for another day(by the way, Mr. President, they're pissed). No, this moment is all about you, and what better way to sit back, relax, and think "you know, I'm okay" than with a delicious, refreshing, soul warming, perfectly balanced cocktail like the Monte Carlo. Within your first couple of sips, well-being will wash over you like a bonus to an AIG executive, because like him you did some good work today!
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Monte Carlo Cocktail
from Jason Wilson/The Washington Post
from Wilson: "This is a variation on the Manhattan, with Benedictine standing in for vermouth and Peychaud's bitters for Angostura bitters. Rye whiskey is significantly different from bourbon; it's spicier and funkier, and it mingles well with different liqueurs and bitters. Be sure to use a higher-proof rye, such as Rittenhouse Rye (100 proof) or Wild Turkey 101."
2 ounces rye whiskey, preferably 100-plus-proof
3/4 ounce Benedictine
2 dashes Peychaud's bitters
Maraschino or brandied cherry, for garnish
Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full with ice. Add the rye whiskey, Benedictine and bitters. Shake well for at least 30 seconds, then strain into a cocktail (martini) glass. Garnish with the cherry.