A Manhattan has many of these same ingredients... except for one.
You know what makes this one different?
Maraschino liqueur, either Cherry Herring or Cristiani.
As I stood in the aisle of the Total Wine or More, I viewed my choices; Peter Herring Cherry (Dutch) or Italian Cristiani. Same price. I chose the Italian one, but I struggled. Later after some research on the internet, I see that Cherry Herring is the iconic best seller. Next bottle? Cherry Herring. I will let you know which one is better.
We like these so much, I may have to buy another bottle sooner than expected. Hahaha.
I expected Maraschino liqueur to be red, but, blissfully, it not dyed a bright ruby color. No one needs more red dye in their life, save it for the actual maraschino cherry.
(I forgot to photograph the bitters...)
Makes 1 large martini, or two small (...I got an idea! Make two large & toast with a pal!)
3 oz bourbon
1/2 oz cherry liqueur. Peter Herring or Cristiani Maraschino liqueur
1/2 oz sweet vermouth
A dash of bitters, either Angostura or Peychaud's (I can't decide which I like better...)
Maraschino cherries, for garnish
Mix everything (except the cherry) with ice in a cocktail shaker, shake, shake, shake. Strain and pour into a martini glass, garnish with a cherry and serve.