Everything is crossed off your holiday “To Do List” and it’s time to sit back, turn up the volume on those Christmas tunes and enjoy all that you have accomplished. This weeks Friday Fare is just what Santa ordered, a holiday twist on the traditional Manhattan. Who can say no to cherries and chocolate. Cheers!
BLACK FOREST MANHATTAN
MAKES ONE COCKTAIL
FOR THE CHERRY SYRUP:
1 cup sour cherry juice, plus more for rim of glass
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup kirsch (cherry-flavored liqueur)
1 tsp. cocoa powder
1 tsp. superfine sugar
3 oz whiskey
4 dashes chocolate bitters
1 pitted sour cherry, to garnish
1. Make the cherry syrup: In a saucepan, bring cherry juice and granulated sugar to a boil; remove from heat. Allow to cool. Stir in kirsch. Chill.
2. Rim the glass: In a small bowl, mix the cocoa powder and superfine sugar. Pour the mixture onto a plate. Pour some cherry juice into a wide, shallow bowl. Dip the rim of a
martini glass into the juice, then dip it into the cocoa mixture to create a thin chocolate ring.
3. Make the cocktail: In a cocktail shaker 3/4 filled with ice, add whiskey, 3/4 ounces cherry syrup, and bitters. Shake vigorously until well-chilled. Pour into rimmed martini glass. Garnish with cherry.
As Santa wishes he said “No” to those last few cookies, tightens his belt, and gets ready to slide down chimney’s far and wide, we’re taking an easier approach and simply opening our front doors to welcome in friends and family this holiday season. Here we offer some of our favorites decorated for the holidays. Welcome in and enjoy!
Visiting a city rich in historical architecture is like crack for a stone and tile geek like me. Around every corner is an amazing building with beautiful decorative details. I can’t wait to get out on the streets with camera in hand!
This very modern looking glass and steel honeycomb ceiling that greeted me in the vestibule of the main entrance, was just the beginning of a unfolding designorama. Once inside I feasted my eyes on the interior, completely clad in
White Marble from Carrara, Italy and inlaid with Tiffany glass and gold leaf mosaics. Add to this the ornate carved plaster ceilings and brass light fixtures and you can see why it was called the “Palace of the People” when it opened as the city’s first public library in 1897.
The inlaid glass borders surrounding the beautiful cast iron grill recalls Romanesque Italian designs, and I love how the marbleized glass almost mimics the movement in stone.
Apropos of a library, the names of famous authors are highlighted in classically themed mosaics though out the building… Check out the amazing chandelier modeled after a classic brazier.
At this point, my brain was about to explode, but I kept ascending the stairs, holding tight to the baluster to prevent the dizziness brought on by the decorative onslaught from bringing me to my knees.
Along the way, other amazing details came to light, such as the sensually curved marble walls. A sublime detail now, but an incredible technical feat at the time the building was constructed.
As I reached the top of the final flight of stairs to the main hall, now used for musical performances, I could just glimpse the magnificent Tiffany Glass Dome. Simply breathtaking!
There is so much magnificent decorative and architectural beauty in our major US cities, and I find all of it very stimulating and inspiring to my work. What is your favorite US city for architectural treasures?