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“Bart the Murderer,” season 3, episode 4

Need a drink? Cool, so do I. It’s high time we imbibed here on Cooking The Simpsons and I’ve got just the recipe.

Season three’s “Bart the Murderer” is “supoib” for a few reasons, among others: 1. Cocoa Beanie’s appearance, 2. Skinner’s survival story and 3. Neil Patrick Harris’ cameo. The real star of this episode (other than Bart) is a classic drink: the Manhattan. Bart mixes up loads of them for the mobsters and their friends including Chief Wiggum and gets rave reviews. Then Louie makes a “flat, flavorless” version the nearly gets everyone killed. I mean, the animators drew a lot of brown triangles with little red circles for this one. Luckily, we get a peek at the recipe when Bart makes his very first cocktail. It’s on the wall in the bar, and is replicated exactly as shown below. I added some notes, but the recipe is classic and on point. You should probably mix up a few as soon as possible.

Read the rest of the article here and get your drink on below.

“Supoib” Manhattan
Serves one in a classy little glass

1/2 oz Italian sweet vermouth*
1 jigger (1 1/2 oz) bourbon, blend or rye*
1 dash of Angostura bitters (optional)*

Mix with cracked ice until thoroughly chilled*, strain into cocktail glass and serve with cherry.*

*Good vermouth is worth it. Store it in the fridge.
*Again, don’t skimp. There’s only a few ingredients. High-quality rye is my favorite for this recipe, but a good bourbon will work just as well.
*Don’t leave out the bitters. So good!
*Bart shakes his cocktail, but we won’t hold it against him.
*I used a fancy Luxardo cherry. They are amazing.

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