Whiskey Wednesday: The Horsecar

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The classic Manhattan is arguably the most popular rye cocktail in existence. It has been passed down among Modern Pioneers for generations and continues to maintain its position at the top of cocktail menus everywhere. Its widespread popularity has consequently driven many-a-bartender to come up with variations of the famous cocktail, some more successful than others. Well, this week we stumbled across one of these alternatives that we had to share – The Horsecar.


While the perfect Manhattan has a 2:1 ratio of rye to vermouth, the Horsecar is equal parts rye, sweet vermouth, and dry vermouth resulting in a delicious concoction that is sweet without being syrupy. As far as we can tell, the Horsecar has a relatively uncertain origin. Though, we do know that it dates back to the 1956 edition of the Esquire Drink Book. So this Whiskey Wednesday, we encourage all of our diehard Manhattan fans to step out of your comfort zone and enjoy a Horsecar tonight after dinner – who knows, maybe you will be inspired to mix up your own variation on your favorite cocktail.


1 oz. Lost Republic Rye

1 oz. sweet vermouth

1 oz. dry vermouth

2 dashes orange bitters

1 maraschino cherry for garnish
Stir Lost Republic rye, vermouths, and bitters together in an ice-filled mixing glass until chilled. Strain the mixture into a martini glass and garnish with a cherry. Cheers Pioneers!