Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak will be picking up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. Throughout October, he’s getting his inspirations from Dustin House. This week’s selection: the Red Russian, a simple spin on the classic Manhattan cocktail.

2oz Cherry Vodka (preferably infused)
1oz Sweet Vermouth
2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
Garnish: 2 cherries

Shake ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a lowball glass filled with ice and garnish with 2 cherries. This drink can also be served straight up and chilled in a martini glass. Garnish with only 1 cherry.

Taste Test
I like a good Manhattan; this one definitely has a different flavor compared to a normal Manhattan. You taste the vermouth, but not the tanginess of the rye or the bourbon. This is a drink for someone who likes sweeter drinks.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

About Dustin
Dustin House is the general manager of the Valley Tap House in Apple Valley, but will be opening a new Uptown Minneapolis vodka bar in early November called Hammer & Sickle. It will be located at 1300 Lagoon Avenue in Uptown Minneapolis, and will feature at least 60 types of vodka, including house-made vodka infusions, as well as a full dinner menu.

To find more recipes from Mike’s Mix, click here.


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