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A great cocktail is transcendent. It is a timeless testament to its creator and a benchmark from which all alcoholic beverages can be judged. The Manhattan is a rye or bourbon lover’s dream and embodies the spirit of America. A perfect blend of spirits, sweet vermouth, and bitters, the Manhattan has a striking aroma, which fans of the drink recognize immediately. As the first drink to make use of vermouth as a component, the Manhattan truly is the Grandfather of American Cocktails.

The history of the Manhattan has a fairly convincing story behind it, only because it is so often repeated. As the story goes, the drink was made for Lady Randolph Churchill, Winston Churchill’s mother at the Manhattan Club in the 1870’s where it was thoroughly enjoyed and became quite popular. However, the story has been picked apart and it seems it may not be true. The reality is that the Manhattan was probably one of the five borough cocktails (Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queen’s and the Staten Island cocktail) made to represent the neighborhoods of New York City.

So you might be wondering why Napa Valley Distillery chose to alter the recipe of a classic American cocktail. They have a few good reasons. First, many Pre-Prohibition cocktails that now feature rye or bourbon once featured brandy. Secondly, brandy is one of their favorite things in this wide world. Lastly, as Americans they love to innovate, improve and try new things, so they thought, “What the hell, let’s give it a whirl!” They think you’ll love it as much as they do. Don’t forget the cherry!

Simply want to swing by and pick up the perfect Manhattan gift set? NVD has you covered!

The Manhattan Gift Set
Let’s hear it for New York! The timeless Americana cocktail that has been perfected with the traditional maraschino cherry. Send the gift of age-perfected drink that takes less than a New York minute to make. Don your best top hat, plop a cherry, pour the drink, and settle in your lounge chair by the fire before the frost can nip your nose. You’ll be king of the hill when you give the gift with the namesake of the world’s most famous island. Each gift set includes one bottle of NVD’s Brandy Manhattan Cocktail, and a 12oz jar of Luxardo Premium Maraschino Cherries.

Also available to order online.

Author David Sedaris once said, “We were not a hugging people. In terms of emotional comfort, it was our belief that no amount of physical contact could match the healing powers of a well-made cocktail.” With the holiday season upon us, Napa Valley Distillery (NVD) has everything you need to make an endless number of cocktails to delight the senses, and to enhance quality family time.

NVD’s specially priced Turkey Day Favorites collection includes a bottle of holiday spice bitters from Napa Valley Bitters, and one bottle of each of Napa Valley Distillery’s most popular premium bottled cocktails, the Brandy Manhattan and the East India.

All of NVD’s signature cocktails are handcrafted in small batches by NVD’s Chief of Cocktail Officer, Arthur Hartunian, using his own award-winning craft spirits and all-natural ingredients.

The Brandy Manhattan is a variation of the classic Manhattan cocktail, and is crafted from NVD’s own bourbon barrel-aged premium California brandy, sweet vermouth, and bitters. Classic and timeless, the end result is an extraordinary taste and character that no amount of shaking or stirring can give.

The East India is a classic cocktail that dates back to the 1830s. Crafted from California brandy, orange curacao, real blackberry syrup and blood orange bitters, it is oak infused to achieve a vintage flavor reminiscent of an era long since passed.P

Napa Valley Bitters holiday spice bitters are made with apple brandy, tons of dried apples, holiday spices and traditional herbs for bitters. An excellent addition to a Manhattan, Old Fashioned and other classic winter drinks.

Of course they will also be offering other holiday specials, but this special will ease you into the holiday spirit. Cheers!