The Less Sweet Manhattan

From The Boys' and Girls' Little Book of Alcohol, an eBook for Kindle, nook, and iBooks. If you like what you read, buy the book! It's <$5!

(For four drinks)
9 jiggers good bourbon
3 Tbs. sweet vermouth
Dried pitted cherries soaked in sweet vermouth

Mix liquors together in a shaker with ice, shake briefly, and pour into martini glasses. Don’t let it get watered down. (It’s called a Manhattan, not a Staten Island.) Thread three good brandied cherries on a toothpick and lean them against the side of the glass. Serve two rounds to your date, skip dinner, get naked, and survive the dreary death months with a warm buddy and your new favorite cocktail.