How to Make The Dadhattan

Affectionately termed The Dadhattan, it’s reminiscent of a Manhattan that’s simple to make and mildly sweet. Sound like someone you know?
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My Dad’s Bar once sat right at the edge of Grosse Pointe and Detroit. It was a small, divey gem filled with vintage tables, kitschy posters, and a jukebox.

Though My Dad’s Bar is now closed, its legacy of celebrating dear old dad seven days a week lives on through this recipe for The Dadhattan cocktail, which is reminiscent of a Manhattan that’s simple to make and mildly sweet. Sound like someone you know? Grab a couple of chilled glasses this Father’s Day — or any day — and enjoy this drink with your old man.

Ingredients

  • 3 oz. Old Grandad
  • ¾ oz. Donlin Sweet Vermouth
  • 5 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Luxardo maraschino cherries

Directions

  1. Add ice to a chilled rocks glass.
  2. Pour ingredients into the glass, stir, and garnish with Luxardo maraschino cherries.
  3. Sit back and enjoy The Dadhattan. 

Looking for even more drink recipes? Check our HourDetroit.com to learn how to make The Upright’s Piña Verde, Bohemia’s Bohemian Rhapsody, and much more. 


This story is from the June 2019 issue of Hour Detroit magazine. It has been updated for 2023.