1 1⁄2 oz Bourbon
3⁄4 oz Sweet vermouth
1⁄2 oz Bénédictine
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.

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Posted by Neel M on 3/01/2013
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  • Used Cocchi Rosa for sweet Vermouth, and Jim Beam black label Bourbon. Subtle but tasty.
  • 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 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.

^Was that last measure supposed to be 1.5?

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.