1 12 oz Bourbon
34 oz Sweet vermouth
12 oz Bénédictine
2 ds Bitters, Angostura
1 twst Lemon peel (as garnish)
Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice cubes until chilled. Strain into a double rocks glass without ice, then garnish with a lemon twist.
A relative of the Manhattan (Bénédictine)
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.
From other users
  • This looks similar to the Ragged Company Cocktail.
  • Made with Punt e Mes, the bitterness of which worked nicely with the earthy sweetness of the Benedictine. — ☆☆☆☆
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I'm Just Here for the Drinks

I'm Just Here for the Drinks includes the Pendergast #2, also from Maybee, which reduces the whiskey and uses orange bitters:

  • 3-4 dashes orange bitters
  • 0.5 oz Bénédictine
  • 0.75 oz sweet vermouth
  • 0.5 oz J Rieger's Kansas City Whiskey (which has a small amount of sherry added in the finished product)

Fantastic variation.

It is printed in the book as

It is printed in the book as ".5 oz" and this is how I prepared it. I also wondered whether this was a misprint, but don't know how we'd check.