This week we’re pairing two classics with a slight twist – the SculpCraw and the Manhattan. The SculpCraw is a fun little pattern that comes together more quickly than you might think. It uses a few materials, and they can be substituted or modified easily.
Hook: Firehole Sticks – 811 #6
Bead: Tungsten Instajig – 3/16 Orange
Thread: Veevus 50D – White
Dubbing Ball: SLF – Brown
Tail: Pine Squirrel Strips – Brown
Body: Senyo’s Laser Hair – Dark Brown SLF Dubbing – Helgramite
Fins: India or Brahma Hen
Head: Flymen Fishing Sculpin Helmet UV Clear Fly Finish – Flow
Eyes: Flymen Fishing Living Eyes
In keeping with this week’s hybrid sculpin pattern, this week’s cocktail is a staple along with some options to keep things interesting.
Our classic Manhattan.
In a cocktail shaker of ice add the following.
2 – 3 0z of Rye, preferably Rittenhouse
1.0z – 1.5 oz of sweet vermouth, we prefer Carpano Antica
A couple of dashes of bitters
Stir into a cocktail glass or coupe and garnish with a maraschino cherry, preferably Luxardo.
Swap out your classic bitters for some chocolate or barrel aged bitters for a slightly different vibe.
You could also add 1/2 oz of Bendectine to the recipe to boost both the flavor and the kick.
You can also swap out the rye with rum for a more Carribean vibe.