Tom Pendergast, the 1920s and 1930s Kansas City political boss, may have gone down for corruption but this no-nonsense cocktail is clean as a whistle. Developed by Kansas City bartender Ryan Maybee, it’s become a contemporary classic in the city, showing up on cocktail menus all over town. Read more about Maybee, our 2013 Bartender of the Year, and our other picks for the most notable people, places and flavors of 2013, in the January/February 2013 issue of Imbibe.
1 1/2 oz. bourbon
3/4 oz. sweet vermouth
1/2 oz. Bénédictine
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Tools: mixing glass, barspoon, strainer
Glass: double rocks
Garnish: lemon twist
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice cubes until chilled. Strain into a double rocks glass without ice, then garnish.
Ryan Maybee, Manifesto, Kansas City