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My Uncle Johnny is an experimenter extraordinaire, particularly when it comes to cocktails. Following is a recipe for a Manhattan/Sazerac fusion straight from the master’s laboratory.

Pretty darned tasty!

In an old fashioned glass put:

½ tsp. sugar (try dark brown sugar, it is really mellow)

1 half inch wedge orange, tangerine, or tangelo (include the skin)

1 or 2 maraschino cherries

1 or 2 dashes Angostura bitters

1 or 2 dashes Angostura orange bitters

¼ tsp Pernod or Absinthe

½ tsp sweet vermouth

Muddle all together, mashing in the glass with a wooden muddler or a pestle.

Add 2 ounces bourbon whiskey

Fill glass with ice

Top off with a splash of fizz water.