Fabio Trabocchi’s Easy-Drinking Manhattans

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By F&W Editors Posted November 27, 2013

After a night on the line, most chefs have a go-to drink, from cheap beer to a house bartender's expert cocktail. Here, star chefs reveal their favorite drinks.

Chef Fabio Trabocchi of Washington DC’s Fiola loves a Manhattan. “I first had one when I arrived in the States,” he says. “I always associate it with the holidays. Even though it’s served chilled, there’s something warming and festive about it. The one we do here at Fiola is one of the best I’ve ever tasted: Stir Maker’s Mark, Carpano Antica vermouth and Angostura bitters with ice, then strain the drink into a chilled glass that's been lightly coated with the syrup from a jar of Amarena cherries. It’s light and balanced, not too sweet. You can happily get into your second because the first goes down so easily.”

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